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


South Staffs Sailing Club is a friendly club that has members of all ages. We cater for all abilities, from beginners to experienced sailors.

As an RYA Training Centre we provide courses that will enable sailors, whatever their ability, to flourish and really enjoy sailing at the club. If racing is something you aspire to do you will find competitive fleets and tuition available to improve your skills.

We have an active and thriving junior section, with a team of dedicated trainers committed to ensure the children have a fun time and are able to develop a real passion for the sport.

The club has a regular programme of social events and the club members always enjoy any excuse to arrange a good party.

If you would like to visit us, the club is conveniently placed adjacent to Jct 12 on the M6 and just off the A5 near Cannock. You will be made very welcome.

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Why should I sail at South Staffs Sailing Club?

South Staffs Sailing Club is considered to be an extremely friendly club that welcomes new members. You will be joining a group of people who love the sport of dinghy sailing, and are more than happy to share that enthusiasm. The club is run on a self help basis and joining in with the tasks that are needed for the club to function, enables new members to quickly make friends and settle in. For many it has become a long term passion and many members have been active in the club for many years, and for some there are three generations still active.

The club is an approved RYA Training Centre and facilities are available for both adults and juniors. Learn to Sail and Improver courses for adults are run each year. Sunday morning sessions are available for juniors to develop their confidence and enjoyment for the sport. Additional supported free sailing sessions are also available to allow practice and to provide time for skills to be developed.

We have a dedicated team of race coaches, including sailors who have been both National and World Champions so any level of ability at adult or junior level can be accommodated.

Easy access from Staffordshire and the West Midlands via the M6, M6 Toll, A5 and A449. The club is approximately a mile from Junction 12 on the M6.

The club offers competitive fleet racing. We sail a range of single and two handed boats that will suit all standards and sailing abilities. Our fleet captains, instructors and coaches will ensure that everyone can develop their skills and get the maximum enjoyment from sailing at the club.

The club has a strong family foundation, and in some cases multiple generations of the same family are club members. The membership costs reflect that belief and junior membership (up to 17) can be at no or minimal costs when joining with sailing adults. Concession rates are also available for students.

The Social aspect plays an important part in integrating  new Members to the Club and introducing them to other members and so making new friends.

It  has always been a very active aspect of the Club with a variety of events over the Year to suit all ages and tastes. From Quiz Nights, Car Treasure Hunts, Wine Tasting, Summer Ball, Christmas Dinner, Mince Pie Night with Carols and our own Orchestra,  An Annual Dinner Dance and our own House Band all prove very popular.  The Junior Team also put together a very interesting series of Social events for our younger Members.