SYC is an RYA approved dinghy and power boat training centre

We’re always looking for volunteers to help with training. There are many roles where we need help whether it’s launching and recovering boats, providing safety cover or teaching.

There are several different types of volunteer we need:

  • Helper
    You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks depending on your skills and experience. This could be from helping on the shore with launching and recovering boats, providing safety cover, administration or helping with sailing if you’re a very experienced sailor.
  • Assistant Instructor
    As an Assistant Instructor (AI) you would assist with teaching under supervision of a RYA Senior Instructor. An AI understands the RYA teaching method, offer general help and helm dinghies with students on board. Assistant Instructors are trained by a RYA Senior Instructor and appointed by the RYA Training Centre Principal to work at SYC only.
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor
    A RYA Dinghy Instructor (DI) is an experienced sailor who has undergone formal training and assessment by an independent RYA Coach/Assessor. The DI course covers a wide range of topics from the RYA Method to teaching different age groups and abilities in a variety of situations. This is a nationally and internationally transferable qualification with further endorsements available for teaching multihulls, keelboats and racing for beginners.
  • RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor
    A RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor (ADI) is a DI trained to deliver performance sailing courses including spinnaker and trapeze skills.
  • RYA Senior Instructor
    A RYA Senior Instructor (SI) is qualified to organise and control group sailing tuition and to supervise and assist instructors. A SI has undergone formal training and assessment by at least two independent RYA Coach/Assessors.
  • RYA Race Coach Level 2
    A RYA Level 2 Racing Coach is a good club racer with personal knowledge of club and/or regional racing and a broad basis of coaching skills. They are able to deliver and award RYA Start, Intermediate and Advanced Racing courses where appropriate, working at RYA affiliated clubs or training centres.
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
    A RYA Powerboat Instructor (PBI) is a competent, experienced powerboat driver who has been trained to teach up to Powerboat Level 2 under the supervision of the Principal or Powerboat Chief Instructor. A PBI can also teach the RYA Safety Boat course if they hold the RYA Safety Boat certificate.
  • Other
    We’re also interested in British Canoeing and British Stand-Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) qualified instructors to support our kayak and canoe section.

Next steps
If you’re interested in helping with training at SYC please contact the SYC Training Officer to discuss the options, including opportunities to train as an instructor and revalidate lapsed qualifications.

 

 

SYC is an RYA approved dinghy and power boat training centre

At SYC we’re committed to helping you get the most from your sailing whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced sailor.

Members benefit from a wide range of formal and informal training opportunities. We hold courses and training sessions to develop skills in sailing and other water-based activities throughout the season.

We’re also a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre, so we can offer a variety of high quality RYA sailing and powerboat courses leading to nationally recognised certificates and qualifications. As we’re a club we can usually offer our courses to members at a much reduced rate compared to commercial training centres.

Dinghy and Multihull Sailing

We offer a wide range of courses from the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme and RYA National Sailing Scheme for adults.
Our courses are suitable for complete beginners right up to more advanced levels. If you want to learn to sail, improve your seamanship skills, try day sailing (dinghy cruising) or fly spinnakers then we have something for you.

We also hold a Dinghy Sailing Clinic for adults on Friday nights between May and July to help you brush up your basic sailing skills, develop your sailing confidence and get a taster of some of the skills you can learn on RYA courses.

Racing

Racing is a great way to develop your sailing skills and a lot fun too! Our Class Captains are there to welcome you to the different fleets and help you gain racing experience.

Our RYA courses are ideal to help you get to grips with the basics of racing and to develop your racing skills to higher levels. Our Class Captains also occasionally organise coaching days for their fleets which can range from boat handling skills to tactics and boat tuning.

We also make sure we have a good number of members trained as Race Officers to ensure excellent racing.

Cruising

Cruising is another great way to enjoy sailing whether in a dinghy or yacht. Cruising offers a much greater sense of freedom to explore the Exe Estuary or venture further afield along the coast or across the English Channel.

Our Dinghy Cruising Co-ordinator and Yacht Cruising Secretary will help you to get involved and introduce you to experienced members who can show you the ropes. A number of organised dinghy cruises on the Exe are arranged throughout the year to help you explore the Estuary in company with other boats or as crew for an experienced member.

We offer a range of RYA courses to help you develop the skills needed for successful and safe independent sailing. These include Seamanship Skills, Day Sailing, navigation theory and the RYA/MCA Short Range Certificate needed to legally operate a VHF radio using public channels.

Powerboat

We’re not a powerboat club but we do use powerboats to support our on-water activities. Water safety is important so we encourage a high standard of powerboat driving skills and help members to develop additional skills.

We provide training for members who volunteer to provide safety cover for racing and dinghy cruising or are training as RYA instructors. All our powerboat drivers must hold the RYA Powerboat Handling (Level 2) certificate as a minimum.

We also offer a one day Safety Boat Essentials course to help our powerboat drivers refresh their skills and learn some additional skills. And we offer the RYA Safety Boat certificate for those looking to develop a wider variety of advanced skills and to support larger sailing events.

Other training

We always encourage members to develop their skills further and we offer other training opportunities too.

The RYA offers development routes in racing and coaching at regional and national level. At SYC we offer the RYA First Aid certificate every year and help interested members learn some essential kayak and canoe skills to safely enjoy the estuary when sailing isn’t possible.

Every other month we hold a ‘Nautical Natters’ evening with an invited speaker to talk to members on a range of topics from meteorology to sea safety.

Open access

All our courses are open to all SYC members. We operate an open access policy. This means that we welcome participation in our courses regardless of your background, physical and learning ability. We do all we can to adapt our courses to the specific needs of participants.

We have safeguarding arrangements in place so there’s always an independent person to speak to confidentially about any concerns.

You can read the SYC Equality and Safeguarding Statement here.

Booking a course

SYC members can find the SYC Training Calendar and information on how to book a course in the members’ area on this website.

If you’re a prospective member you should contact the Membership Secretary for information about joining SYC and the current training programme, including courses for beginners.

We occasionally open our courses to members of other sailing clubs on the Exe Estuary. We publicise Information about available places on SYC courses through the training co-ordinator at each club.

Commercial training

If you don’t want to join a sailing club, but would like to learn to sail or drive a powerboat or do another water-based activity on the Exe Estuary, please contact one of our local commercial training centres who will be able to help:

 

SYC is an RYA approved dinghy and power boat training centre

At SYC we’re committed to helping you get the most from your sailing whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced sailor.
Members benefit from a wide range of formal and informal training opportunities. We hold courses and training sessions to develop skills in sailing and other water-based activities throughout the season.
We’re also a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre, so we can offer a variety of high quality RYA sailing and powerboat courses leading to nationally recognised certificates and qualifications. As we’re a club we can usually offer our courses to members at a much reduced rate compared to commercial training centres.

Open access

All our courses are open to all SYC members. We operate an open access policy. This means that we welcome participation in our courses regardless of your background, physical and learning ability. We do all we can to adapt our courses to the specific needs of participants.
We have safeguarding arrangements in place so there’s always an independent person to speak to confidentially about any concerns.
You can read the SYC Equality and Safeguarding Statement here.

Dinghy and Multihull Sailing

We offer a wide range of courses from the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme and RYA National Sailing Scheme for adults.
Our courses are suitable for complete beginners right up to more advanced levels. If you want to learn to sail, improve your seamanship skills, try day sailing (dinghy cruising) or fly spinnakers then we have something for you.
We also hold a Dinghy Sailing Clinic for adults on Friday nights between May and July to help you brush up your basic sailing skills, develop your sailing confidence and get a taster of some of the skills you can learn on RYA courses.

Racing

Racing is a great way to develop your sailing skills and a lot fun too! Our Class Captains are there to welcome you to the different fleets and help you gain racing experience.
Our RYA courses are ideal to help you get to grips with the basics of racing and to develop your racing skills to higher levels. Our Class Captains also occasionally organise coaching days for their fleets which can range from boat handling skills to tactics and boat tuning.
We also make sure we have a good number of members trained as Race Officers to ensure excellent racing.

Cruising

Cruising is another great way to enjoy sailing whether in a dinghy or yacht. Cruising offers a much greater sense of freedom to explore the Exe Estuary or venture further afield along the coast or across the English Channel.
Our Dinghy Cruising Co-ordinator and Yacht Cruising Secretary will help you to get involved and introduce you to experienced members who can show you the ropes. A number of organised dinghy cruises on the Exe are arranged throughout the year to help you explore the Estuary in company with other boats or as crew for an experienced member.
We offer a range of RYA courses to help you develop the skills needed for successful and safe independent sailing. These include Seamanship Skills, Day Sailing, navigation theory and the RYA/MCA Short Range Certificate needed to legally operate a VHF radio using public channels.

Powerboat

We’re not a powerboat club but we do use powerboats to support our on-water activities. Water safety is important so we encourage a high standard of powerboat driving skills and help members to develop additional skills.
We provide training for members who volunteer to provide safety cover for racing and dinghy cruising or are training as RYA instructors. All our powerboat drivers must hold the RYA Powerboat Handling (Level 2) certificate as a minimum.
We also offer a one day Safety Boat Essentials course to help our powerboat drivers refresh their skills and learn some additional skills. And we offer the RYA Safety Boat certificate for those looking to develop a wider variety of advanced skills and to support larger sailing events.

Other training

We always encourage members to develop their skills further and we offer other training opportunities too.
The RYA offers development routes in racing and coaching at regional and national level. At SYC we offer the RYA First Aid certificate every year and help interested members learn some essential kayak and canoe skills to safely enjoy the estuary when sailing isn’t possible.
Every other month we hold a ‘Nautical Natters’ evening with an invited speaker to talk to members on a range of topics from meteorology to sea safety.

Booking a course

SYC members can find the current SYC Training Programme and information on how to book a course in the members’ area on this website.
If you’re a prospective member you should contact the Membership Secretary for information about joining SYC and the current training programme, including courses for beginners.
We occasionally open our courses to members of other sailing clubs on the Exe Estuary. We publicise Information about available places on SYC courses through the training co-ordinator at each club.

Commercial training

If you don’t want to join a sailing club, but would like to learn to sail or drive a powerboat or do another water-based activity on the Exe Estuary, please contact one of our local commercial training centres who will be able to help:

Tony Kearsey

Training Officer

 

SYC is an RYA approved dinghy and power boat training centre

Training at Starcross Yacht Club

At SYC our aim is to help you get the most fun and enjoyment from your dinghy, multihull and yacht sailing whether your interests are racing, cruising or just pottering about in the Exe estuary. 

We offer a range of formal and informal training opportunities throughout the year whether you are new to sailing or more experienced.   As an RYA Training Centre we can also offer RYA certificates and qualifications for those who want them.  We also offer training for members who want to use a kayak or canoe safely on the estuary when not sailing.

As a club we always aim to offer our training at a reasonable cost to our members.   Our RYA courses are also available to non-members for an additional temporary membership fee.

Training Calendar

You can find full information on all our current training and courses and how to book by clicking the links below:

Training Calendar

How to Book

Some courses are organised when there’s enough demand from members.  Please contact the SYC Training Officer if you’d like to do a course not listed in the current training calendar.   Click the link below to see a full list of what we can usually offer:

Full List of SYC Courses

Our training calendar is updated throughout the year.  We also tell members about new training opportunities published in the training calendar through various club communications and on posters in the clubhouse and Members’ Room. 

Course suitability

Our training and courses are suitable for complete beginners through to more experienced sailors. 

You can check the suitability of specific training and courses for your needs by clicking on the course title in the training calendar or in the full list of courses we can offer.   Please contact the SYC Training Officer who'll be very happy to help if you have any queries.

Sailing Clinic

We also offer informal training to members through our Sailing Clinic which runs throughout the year.  This is available for anyone wanting to try a new branch of sailing, to gain confidence or to tidy up or develop a particular skill.  Informal training opportunities are available in dinghy sailing (up to RYA Level 3 skills), multihull sailing and yacht cruising.

The Clinic is very flexible and you will be matched with a very experienced member or instructor who can help you with your needs.  All you need to do to get things rolling is to contact the relevant Sailing Clinic co-ordinator below:

Dinghy/Multihull Sailing Co-ordinator

Yacht Sailing Co-ordinator

Open access and safeguarding

Our training is open to all SYC members and we do everything possible to help everyone participate regardless of their background, physical or learning ability. 

We have safeguarding arrangements in place for children and vulnerable adults so there’s always an independent person to talk to confidentially about any concerns.  Details of the SYC Safeguarding Team can be found on posters in the clubhouse, Members’ Room and changing rooms. 

Click here to read the full SYC Safeguarding and Equality Statement.

Grant Funding - Exe Regatta Project

Members may be eligible to receive grant funding towards their training fees from the Exe Regatta Project Fund.  You can find further information about this on the Book a Course page.

 

 

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