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Training Courses

Midland Sailing Club is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre. We are running a variety of sailing courses suitable for complete beginners or those with previous sailing experience, following the RYA's National Sailing Scheme Syllabus.

We will take you from total beginner to competent sailor, moving on the water with confidence. This is how we do it:

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 are on Saturday mornings; if you are interested get in touch with , who will organise this for you. There are also open days (like the RYA's Push The Boat Out) where we take members of the public out for a sail on the reservoir. 

We start training with the RYA Level 1 course, Start Sailing. This is a two-day course where you will learn how to get the boat to move where you want it to go to. As two days are not really enough to learn sailing, we give you one month's free club membership so you can get the benefit of this:

There are regular coaching sessions for our members on a Saturday morning, where you can potter around in a club boat to gain more confidence in boat handling and sailing. There will be an instructor around to help you out if you get stuck, or to suggest to you things you can try out. 

The next step is the combined RYA Level 2/3 course, Basic Skills and Better Sailing. This course will run over 4 (Sun)days, 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. With this course you will get an additional three months of club membership, so you can continue to come to the coaching sessions to get more practice time on the water. After that we ask you to become a club member -- but by then you already know that sailing is for you!

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


To book a course, please fill in the on-line Course Booking Form

Currently scheduled Courses:


RYA Level 1 8th/15th April £100 (incl 1 month membership)
RYA Level 1 25th/26th/27 May £100 (incl 1 month membership)
RYA Level 1 5th/12th August £100 (incl 1 month membership)
RYA Level 2/3 19th/24th June and 1st/8th July £250 (incl 3 months membership)
RYA Level 2/3 19th/26th August and 2nd/9th September £250 (incl 3 months membership)
Seamanship Skills 7th/14th/21st April and 5th May £50 (members only)
Powerboat 2 3rd/4th March fully booked/postponed
14/15th April fully booked
28th/29th July £50 (members only)
RYA Safety Boat 5/6th May

tbc (members only)


 Midland sailing club membership prices - please enquire for discount included with course. 


We are running the introductory RYA Level 1 (Start Sailing) as a single course, so you can learn about the basics of sailing before having to commit yourself to a longer course. Then we combine RYA Level 2 (Basic Skills) and Level 3 (Better Sailing), which will turn you into a competent sailor, ready to take a boat out either on your own or with a crew. Each level takes two days of training, either run over one weekend (Fri/Sat am/Sun), two weekends (Sun), or four weeks (Sat am). 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 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. 




Which sailing course is right for me?

RYA level 1. Start Sailing

Introducing you to sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision

RYA level 2. Basic Skills 

Setting out the foundations of sailing for you

RYA level 3. Better Sailing

Consolidating skills and trying new ones

Assumed knowledge None Sailing skills to the standard of level 1 Sailing skills to the standard of level 2M
Minimum duration 2 days 2 days 2 days or equivalent
Course content How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovery. Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge. Coaching of level 1 and 2 and taster sessions from the advanced modules
Ability after course Able to sail in light winds under supervision Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions

 More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules.



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


Oliver Mason, RYA Training Centre Principal