Learn to sail at Midland Sailing Club

We will take you from total beginner to competent sailor, moving on the water with confidence.

Taster sessions

We offer taster sessions, where a club member will take you out for a short ride in their boat, so you get an idea of what sailing is like. These can be arranged at any time — we are currently setting up a booking system for this. There are also open days (like the RYA’s Discover Sailing) where we take members of the public out for a sail on the reservoir.

Coaching sessions

You can learn to sail with the RYA Level 1 course, Start Sailing. This is a 16 hour course where you will learn how to get the boat to move where you want it to go to. As sixteen hours are not really enough to learn sailing, we encourage you to become a club member — so you can get the benefit of our regular coaching sessions for our members on a Saturday morning and other sailing sessions during the weeks and evenings.

CLICK HERE for ‘Start Sailing’ course details

Discounted members’ rate

If you have done the Start Sailing course with us, you can join Midland Sailing Club at a discounted rate for the first year. And, you will also get a discounted members’ rate for any further sailing courses you do with us! If you join Midland SC at the same time as booking your first training course, both discounts will apply.

Coached practice sessions

In the coached practice sessions you can potter around in a club boat to gain more confidence in boat handling and sailing. There will be instructors around to help you out if you get stuck, or to suggest to you things you can try out, and a safety boat will be on the water to make sure that help is near should something go wrong.

The next steps in our learn to sail program is the RYA Level 2 course, Basic Skills, followed by Level 3, Better Sailing. These courses will also each run over 16 hours, and will take you from knowing how to handle a boat to being able to sail confidently on your own (ie without anyone else helping you) in up to medium wind. That should be enough for you to enjoy cruising around, or even to start taking part in our club races on a Saturday afternoon. When you have reached Level 2, you are also able to hire our club boats.

CLICK HERE for RYA Level 2 ‘Basic Skills’ course details

CLICK HERE for RYA Level 3 ‘Better Sailing’ course details

We also offer more advanced courses for our members, including seamanship skills and  power boating, so if you are keen you can further improve your skills and become an accomplished sailor.

Which sailing course is right for me?

We teach adults (16+) and juniors (up to 16) separately, as they have different ways of learning and usually different motivations.

Due to the vagaries of climate and weather, we typically run our learn to sail training courses from end of March to beginning of October. Each course takes two days (16hrs) of training, mostly spread over four weeks (Sat mornings). You will not need any equipment, apart from some old trainers (or similar) that you don’t mind getting wet. The club has a collection of wet suits and buoyancy aids that you can borrow for the duration of the course.

We are also running further learn to sail coaching sessions on a Saturday morning for club members who have gone through the courses but need more time on the water to gain more confidence, practice their skills, or prepare for taking part in our club races. Click here to view our course dates

For more information, please email the training team (training@midlandsailingclub.org.uk) or come and see us on a Saturday. We look forward to welcoming you!

Phil Reeves
RYA Training Centre Principal

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