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Training Courses

Midland Sailing Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre and therefore the ideal place to get into sailing, whether you are a complete beginner or have some previous sailing experience.


Due to the weather getting colder, training courses have ended for 2017. We will start again in Spring 2018, with first an RYA Level 3 course, followed by an advanced Seamanship Skills  course. We are also planning to run an Assistant Instructor (AI) course, alongside our basic RYA Level 1/Level 2 courses. This is complemented by Powerboat Level 2 and Safetyboat courses, to get members confident in handling the safety boats.


We are an entirely voluntary members club, and our qualified instructors do not get paid. We run training to introduce people to the sport in the hope that they will share our passion for sailing and continue to sail with us, and so we require that any trainees join or are already members of Midland Sailing Club. Our RYA Levels 1 & 2 "Learn to Sail " courses include a heavily discounted membership of Midland Sailing Club. We do accept non-members for certain courses - these are marked with a * in the list below.


Which sailing course is right for me?

level 1

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

level 2

setting out the foundations of sailing for you

level 3

consolidating skills and trying new ones

assumed knowledge None Sailing skills to the standard of level 1 Sailing skills to the standard of level 2
minimum duration 2 days 2 days, but is often combined with the level 1 course into a 4 or 5 day course 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.


RYA Dinghy Level 1 & 2 (+ Level 3)


We usually combine RYA Level 1 (Start Sailing) and Level 2 (Basic Skills), which will enable you to sail independently without assistance. Each level takes two days of training, either run over one weekend (Fri/Sat am/Sun), two weekends (Sun), or four weeks (Sat am).  The combined cost of the course will be £150 for the two weekends. 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.

The Level 3 (Better Sailing) courses are scheduled a bit later to give you some time to practice on the water.


If you are interested, please email us at for booking information.



RYA-approved First Aid Course *

  • The next course will take place in early 2018



      RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

      Coming soon -- course dates to be confirmed. Please get in touch asap if you are interested!



        RYA Seamanship Skills

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        RYA Safety Boat *


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        Further courses planned are:

        RYA Start Racing

        RYA Powerboat Level 2 *

        MSC Crewing Course (Now includes Spinnakers!)


        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