Royal Yachting Association Training Centre

3rd Chalkwell Bay is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association (the national governing body for sailing and motor boating in the UK) as a training centre. This means that we can teach, assess and award certificates of competence in dinghy sailing and power boating. This allows us to combine the teaching of the  Scout Association’s nautical skills & sailing badges with nationally recognised qualifications.

The RYA Establishment is operated within The Den by a team of professionally trained & qualified sailing and power boating instructors, all of whom are volunteers.

Throughout the year we run a variety of courses, the current training calendar is at the bottom of this page, and you can book a place on a course here.

We can run the following RYA courses for our members:

  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 1
  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 2
  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 3
  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 4
  • Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing
  • Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills
  • Dinghy Seamanship Skills
  • Dinghy Sailing with Spinnakers
  • Dinghy Day Sailing
  • Powerboat Level 1
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Safety Boat
  • First Aid

The Dinghy Fleet

The following RYA Courses are running this year:

Aug
14
Sat
Powerboat Level 2
Aug 14 @ 12:30 – Aug 15 @ 18:30

RYA Training CentreNational Powerboat Certificate

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) and Scout Activity Permit.

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at plaining speed and collision regulations.

Pre-requisites:

Min age 16.
If you would like to do this course please email Chris Grover at cgrover@3rdcb.org.uk. A password is required during booking.

Duration: 2 days

This is a 2 day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £25

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-s9ms-20210814123000

RYA Assistant Instructor Course
Aug 14 @ 12:30 – Aug 15 @ 18:30

RYA Training CentreLearn to instruct

This course covering basic teaching principles, centre procedures and specific training in any unfamiliar equipment.

On successful completion you will be able to teach up to National Sailing Scheme Level 2 or Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 under the supervision of a Senior Instructor.

Duration: 2 Days

Pre-requisites:

Any advanced sailing course (such as Seamanship Skills)

Cost: Free

If you would like to do this course please discuss with Chris Grover at cgrover@3rdcb.org.uk. A password is required during booking.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-sxyt-20210814123000

Aug
21
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 3
Aug 21 @ 10:00 – Aug 22 @ 16:30

RYA Training CentreBetter Sailing

Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. By the end of the course you will be able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

Pre-requisites:

Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 2 course, plus at least 6 hours of practice logged over 3/4 sessions (either at The Den or your own sailing club).

Duration: 2 days

This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-s7f7-20210821100000

Aug
28
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 2
Aug 28 @ 13:00 – Aug 29 @ 18:30

RYA Training CentreConfident sailing

A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor.

Pre-requisites

Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 1 course, plus at least 4 hours of practice logged over 2 sessions (either at The Den or your own sailing club).

Duration: 2 days

This is a 2 day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-sb2k-20210828130000

Sep
4
Sat
#ThisGirlCan Powerboat Level 1
Sep 4 @ 08:00 – 13:00

RYA Training Centre#ThisGirlCan Start Powerboating

This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment. This is linked to the Scouts’ Power Cox’n Badge.

This is part of our This Girl Can initiative to encourage more girls to participate in water activities, and as such is only open to female Scouts and Explorers.

Duration: 1 day

Minimum age: 12

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-s8fl-20210904080000

RYA Sailing Stage 4
Sep 4 @ 08:00 – Sep 5 @ 14:30

RYA Training CentreImproving Sailing Skills

Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. By the end of the course you will be able to launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

Pre-requisites:

Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 3 course, plus at least 6 hours of practice over 3/4 sessions (either at The Den, or your own sailing club).

Duration: 2 Days

This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-sp3w-20210904080000

Sep
5
Sun
Powerboat Level 1
Sep 5 @ 09:00 – 14:00

RYA Training CentreStart Powerboating

This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment. It is linked to the Scouts’ Power Cox’n badge.

Duration: 1 day

Minimum Age: 12

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-svv0-20210905090000

Sep
18
Sat
#ThisGirlCan RYA Sailing Stage 1
Sep 18 @ 08:00 – Sep 19 @ 14:00

RYA Training Centre#ThisGirlCan Start sailing

Learn a basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat.

This is part of our This Girl Can initiative to encourage more girls to participate in water activities, and as such is only open to female Scouts and Explorers.

Duration: 2 days

This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-ssg3-20210918080000

RYA Sailing Stage 1
Sep 18 @ 08:00 – Sep 19 @ 13:30
RYA Sailing Stage 1 @ The Den

Start sailing

Learn a basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Duration: 2 days

This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-sogc-20210918080000

Oct
2
Sat
Powerboat Level 2
Oct 2 @ 07:30 – Oct 3 @ 14:00
Powerboat Level 2 @ The Den

If you would like to do this course please email Chris Grover at cgrover@3rdcb.org.uk
A password is required during booking

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed and collision regulations.

Duration: 2 days

This is a 2 day course, attendance is required both days.

Cost: £25

Minimum age: 16

Book online at

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-srii-20211002073000

Oct
9
Sat
RYA Seamanship Skills
Oct 9 @ 10:30 – Oct 10 @ 17:00
RYA Seamanship Skills @ The Den

Handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat

Includes launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring.

By the end of the course you will be able to handle a wide range of situations afloat.

Pre-requisites

Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 3 or 4 course, plus at least a further 6 hours or practice over 3/4 sessions, recorded in your log book.

Duration: 2 days

This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15

This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Book at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-sr7s-20211009103000

Safety Boat Course
Oct 9 @ 10:30 – Oct 10 @ 17:00
Safety Boat Course @ The Den

If you would like to do this course please email Chris Grover at cgrover@3rdcb.org.uk.
A password is required during booking.

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.

It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.

Duration: 2 days

This is a 2 day course, attendance is required both days

Pre-requisites:

RYA Powerboat Level 2 + recent experience of helming a RIB.
Competent sailor
Age 18+

Book online at:

https://bookwhen.com/3rdcb/e/ev-svhh-20211009103000

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