Learn to Sail

Training is one of our priorities at South Staffs Sailing Club. We are a Registered RYA Training Centre, inspected annually by the Royal Yachting Association and we are also a RYA Champion Club.

2020 Learn to sail courses start on the 13th May.

Cost = £240 (which includes the cost of membership up to the end of the year)

As a Registered RYA Training Centre this allows us to run courses and issue internationally valid certificates of competence for dinghy sailing and small powered craft; as a RYA Champion Club, this means that we have been judged to have reached a standard of excellence in our standards of coaching young people to improve their dinghy racing ability.

Contact Mark Fleming for more information

Dinghy Courses

Beginners: RYA Level 1 & 2

We run two courses each year which are aimed at adults or older youths (for Junior Training click here), and aim at training complete beginners to the standard of competency needed to allow us to award RYA Beginners Level 1&2 Certificates. For details of these courses click here.

These are open to the general public and the Club provides necessary equipment such as training boats and buoyancy aids. We charge a small fee for this course and costs to the public are kept down by the club subsidising the course and club instructors providing their time to the course for no payment.

Each year we successfully train up to 40 people on these courses.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Find out more about our RYA Level 1 & 2 courses here

Improvers: RYA Level 3 Course

We also run RYA Level 3  / Improver dinghy sailing courses for our members and RYA Seamanship Skills Courses when there is a demand. This normally takes place in the Autumn.

In addition, experienced sailors run “expert” tuition sessions, either on or off the water. The fleet captain of each of dinghy classes in the club is always available to advice on the best way to get the most of each boat, and ensure they are tuned correctly. These are advertised in the sailing calendar and normally take place on Saturdays.

Find out more about our RYA Level 3 course here

Free Sailing and Practice

This is available for members on Wednesday evenings between 6.30 and 8:30pm, and also on Saturday mornings (every two weeks) from Sept to March (see the Sailing Calendar).

These sessions are run by experienced sailors so advice, coaching and a safety boat are always available. They are a very good opportunity for beginners to practice and more experienced sailors to develop their skills. there is no substitute for time on the water.


Junior training is very important to us, these youngsters are our members of the future and consequentially we put a lot of effort and resources into this activity – see our Junior Pathway

Junior training is restricted to members and is provided at no extra charge.

We regularly have over 40 children involved in our Sunday morning training, with many gaining RYA certificates of competence.
It should be noted that a parent or guardian must be on site as we do not except responsibility for a child’s care.

In addition, each year a course for improving racing skills is run for our young members. This has proved to be extremely successful, and our juniors have achieved some excellent results  in both local open and national competitions.

Find out more about our Junior Training

Power Boats

In order to provide safety cover for out sailing activities we need to have members who are competent in handling power craft. We have a dedicated team of Powerboat Instructors who provide free training so that members reach the level of the RYA Power Boat Certificates levels 1 & 2 and in Safety Boat courses are run as required.

These courses run regularly and the dates are advertised in the club communications, or you can express an interest here.

Find out more about our Powerboat Courses

Taster Sessions

As well as formal training, we offer ‘taster sessions’ to non members through the spring and summer.
We have an Open Day each year and have more than 80 local people enjoy their first experience of sailing. We also have various groups such as local schools, Rotary Club, Round Table etc who come for taster sessions.


In order to provide this training we need qualified instructors. At present we have 20 Dinghy Instructors, including 6 Senior Instructors, 6 Race Coaches and 6 Powerboat Instructors. These have to have regular re-validations including First Aid qualifications.

The club arranges courses to ensure that instructors are able to keep their certificates valid.

We also run occasional courses to train Assistant Instructors and have trained 6 of these in the last two years.

Contact Mark Fleming for more information