Learn to Sail

Training is delivered by our team of volunteers, all RYA qualified instructors. Our aim is to get the complete novice on the water, having fun and sailing safely. By the end of the course students should feel confident enough to take themselves sailing without experienced help.  Please  email enquiries regarding training to trainingadmin@tonbridgesailing.org



Training Facility


Tonbridge Town Sailing Club is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centre, and offers the internationally recognised National and Youth sailing scheme courses.



Instructors and Courses

Courses are run for club members only by RYA qualified instructors under the overall control of the Club's Training Principal. All instructors are unpaid club members who do training for the love of the sport, but this does mean that courses are only available during term time weekends. We are unable to run courses in the summer holidays.

2017 - Successful courses completed despite too much and too little wind!
Level 1 Adults and Stage 1 Juniors

Adult/Teenager Courses (RYA National Sailing Scheme Level 1 & 2)

The Level 1 courses are run over two days and the Level 2 courses also over two days. Level 1 is an introduction to sailing and by the end of the course you will be able to sail in light winds under supervision. By the end of the RYA Level 2 course, you should transform into a reasonably competent dinghy sailor. and be able to sail in light winds without supervision. Boats and bouyancy aids will be supplied for training purposes. We have four GP14s a Topper Omega, Topper Picos and a Laser. You are welcome to bring along your own if you have one.

Junior Courses (RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 1 & 2)

The minimum age for junior courses is 8 years. Participation is subject to Juniors meeting certain conditions. The "Conditions of Participation"  can be viewed by clicking here. These courses are known also as 'Oppy' courses as they are generally sailed in Optimist Dinghies.  Boats and bouyancy aids will be supplied for training purposes.  We have seven Optimists, some Toppers and Picos are available for older children if required.

We recommend that you learn to sail in your own boat and are happy to give you any guidance before buying one. (It's worth checking the clubs 'Sales & Wants' web site page as there may be a boat available.). There are a number of  club boats available for those who do not have their own boat.
 
The Stage 1 and Level 1 courses are run over two Saturdays in June.

Start Sailing Stage 1 (For Juniors) - By the end of this introductory course you will have a basic understanding of how a boat sails and some experience of steering and handling the boat. Stages 2, 3 and 4 will complete your introduction to the sport in easy steps.

Start Sailing Level 1 (For Adults) - This course provides a short introduction to sailing for novices. By the end of the course, participants will have a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background knowledge. It is recommended that all participants consolidate this short introduction with the Basic Skills Level 2 course. 

It is hoped that you will continue to sail in the time between the completion of Level 1/Stage 1 and the beginning of the Level 2/Stage 2 course.
The Stage 2 and Level 2 courses are run over two Saturdays in September.

Start Sailing Stage 2 (For Juniors) - By the end of this course you will have a range of sailing skills  and background knowledge, and be well on the way to being a confident small boat sailor.

Basic Skills Level 2 (For Adults) - On completion of this course, the successful sailor will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing without an instructor on board in light winds.

It is hoped that you will continue to sail in the time between the completion of Level 1/Stage 1 and the beginning of the Level 2/Stage 2 course.

Book Your Place

Please note that you will need to be a club member to join a sailing course at TTSC . Enrolment forms for both Adult and Junior courses can be downloaded using the links below. These forms detail the costs and dates associated with each course and should be completed/returned to the training administrator Gloria Fox. 

Please note: Both Adult and Junior courses are likely to be over subscribed and therefore it is essential to check availability with Gloria Fox before returning your completed enrolment form. Contact Gloria Fox on:  01622 872963 or email: trainingadmin@tonbridgesailing.org

Adult, RYA Level 1 Course
Adult, RYA Level 2 Course
Junior, RYA Stage 1 Course
Junior RYA Stage 2 Course
Parental Consent Form

For membership details, please contact Geoff Marks on 01732 359327, email: contact.ttsc@gmail.com or click here to download a membership application form.