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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.



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)


The next combined Level 1 (Start Sailing) and Level 2 (Basic Skills) will run on the weekends of August 25th - 27th, and September 8th - 10th. The first session will be on Friday evening, 18:00 - 21:00, followed by Saturday 9:00 - 12:00 and Sunday 9:30 - 17:00. 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 next Level 3 course will be scheduled for the end of September/beginning of October, depending on demand.


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