An Introduction to Training
Learn to sail at Carsington Sailing Club and you will be introduced to a sport that can be enjoyed at all levels and at all ages.
Carsington Water is one of the finest inland waters in the Midlands covering an area of 740 acres, and is the home of Carsington Sailing Club.
The Club is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association as a Teaching Establishment, running a comprehensive range of Sailing and Powerboat courses, as well as First Aid and Instructor courses. The range of training is tremendous and the Club trains sailors from 8 year old beginners right through to Adult Instructors.
We are also an RYA Onboard Club through which we work with local schools to give youngsters the opportunity to try sailing and hopefully become more involved in it.
Our Sailability section is very active and enables persons with disabilities to go sailing. Contact the Office for more details.
We have a large fleet of training boats, with various configurations to suit the wind conditions and your ability.
There is bound to be one to suit you once you can sail.
How do I book?
In this Section you will find the training structure for both Adult and Youth Courses in the left hand margin of this page. Browse through this and select your particular area of interest.
Available courses can be viewed and you can book book online, by contacting the Club by telephone (01629 540609), or visiting the Club.
All courses are open to Club Members and some are also open to non Members.
What Equipment Will I Need?
We provide buoyancy aids, logbook and a beginners handbook, as well as all the help and encouragement you may require.
Depending upon the time of year and the weather, you could need plenty of warm clothing and waterproofs, some non-slip footwear which can get wet and sunscreen.
It is a club rule that all sailors must wear either a wetsuit/drysuit or clothing providing a similar level of protection between November 1st and April 30th. It is also recommended that appropriate clothing of a similar nature should be worn from May 1st to October 31st.
Ideally, you would be better to have either a dry suit, with warm clothing underneath, or a wet suit and a spray top / windproof layer. This will make your time on the water more enjoyable.
We also recommend a warm hat and sailing gloves.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your sailing clothing, please check with the office when booking. Full details will be sent with your joining instructions.
The Clubhouse overlooks the water, with heated changing rooms and ample hot showers. There is a modern dedicated teaching centre with video and visual aids.
There is extensive free parking on-site.
Campsites for Tents and Caravans are also very close by, some within short walking distance.
During the weekend there are full catering facilities, offering a selection of hot and cold food and beverages, from breakfast through to lunch and afternoon tea. There is also a fully licensed bar.
In the Clubhouse there is TV and a soft seating area. Free WiFi is also available.
If you have family who want to join you, but not sail, there is much to enjoy around Carsington Water.
Severn Trent Visitors Centre, adjacent to Carsington Sailing Club, offers a restaurant and a variety of specialty shops, including cycle hire. A large children's play/adventure area is adjacent to the sailing club.
For those who are energetic, there is a path around the lake (approximately 8 miles) offering stunning views, passing through wildlife habitats from ancient hedgerows, species-rich wildflower meadows and native woodlands, to ponds and scrapes, reed beds and carefully managed islands, where rare and visiting birds can often be seen.
This traffic-free route round the lake is open for both walkers and cyclists.