Training at Carsington Sailing Club
Taking up a new sport or hobby at Carsington Sailing Club couldn't be easier, and can be enjoyed at all levels and at all ages.
The Club is associated to the Royal Yachting Association as a Recognised Training Centre, running a comprehensive range of Sailing, Wingsurfing and Powerboat courses, as well as several shore based courses, 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 also offer bespoke and private tuition for those not looking for a structured course or requiring more flexibility. No request is to weird and wonderful! Please drop us an email.
RYA Courses Available
Sailing- The club offers sailing tuition for all ages and levels, from the Stage and Level schemes for beginners to the advanced modules. Below is a summary with information provided the Royal Yachting Association.
Wingsurfing - One of the first sailing clubs in the country to be able to provide tuition in this new and exciting sport! Take up learning this challenging skill or work towards a using a foiling board. Wingsurfing courses only take 3 1/2 hours to complete so its easy to fit one around a busy schedule
Why do a Powerboat Level 2?
· Get yourself qualified to drive up any powerboat up to 10 metres - with Unlimited Horsepower
· Globally Recognised - Hire a boat anywhere
· Obtain an International Certificate of Competence for using a powerboat abroad
· Learn an exciting new skill while having a lot of fun!!!
Shore-based courses - We offer several shore-based training courses that run throughout the year. These include the SRC Marine Radio VHF Licence, RYA First Aid Course and Safe and Fun. The club has also previously offered the Day Skipper and Yacht master Theory courses and hopefully these may return in the future.
|SRC Short Range VHF Licence|
A really interesting course for those looking to use VHF radios. Lots of technical and practical learning packed into an excellent online RYA training package, with a practical and theory examination to finish.
|RYA First Aid|
A one day emergency first aid course, with a focus on marine environments. With thorough tuition in CPR and using a defibrillator to give you confidence should you ever need to use it. Useful for everyone, and tailored specifically towards boat users and instructors.
Day Skipper Theory
No previous experience is required.
This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. The course may be taught over 5 days, spread over a series of weeks, or a number of evening sessions over a longer period.
No previous experience is essential but it would be an advantage to have completed the Day Skipper Theory.
This is the theory course required for both RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster qualifications.
This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.
For more information on the content of these courses please visit this page.
We are very keen to support and encourage people on their journey to become an instructor and offer courses for Sailing, Powerboating and Wingsurfing. Instructor courses run less frequently, all information and dates can be found using the links below. (Some links and next years dates coming soon)
How do I book a course?
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), email (email@example.com), or visiting the Club.
All courses are open to Club Members and non-Members. However some courses are subsidised by the club so it may be worth joining - Have a look at becoming a member!
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.