Training is one of our priorities at S.S.S.C. We are a Registered RYA Training Centre, inspected annually by the Royal Yachting Association and we are also a RYA Champion Club.
The former allows us to run courses and issue internationally valid certificates of competence for dinghy sailing and small powered craft; the latter 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 Roy Alexander for more information
We run two courses each year which are aimed at adults or older youths and aim at training complete beginners to the standard of competency needed to allow us to award R.Y.A. Certificates Level 1 & 2.
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 members giving up their time to the course for no payment.
Over the past two years we have successfully trained over 70 people on these courses.
Both courses were in heavy demand in 2012 with the 'Sold Out' signs posted up well in advance of the start dates with a number of reserves in waiting. Please book early for 2013 courses to avoid disappointment.
Link to 'Learn to Sail' Course Information
Improvers, RYA Level 3 and Seamanship Skills Courses
We also run RYA Level 3 / Improver dinghy sailing courses for our members and R.Y.A. Seamanship Skills Courses when there is a demand. One of these courses is planned every year and we expect to have about 16 participants.
In addition, each of our 5 Dinghy Classes in the club run improver training days of their own, specific to that type of boat and they cater for about 12 people each.
Link to 'Level 3 / Seamanship' Course Information
Unstructured Sailing and Practice
This will be available for members between 10:00am and 1:00pm most Saturday mornings from April to November (see the Sailing Calendar)
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 / Youth Training Plan
Junior training is restricted to members and is provided at no extra charge.
We had over 40 children involved in our training in 2012 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, a course for improving racing skills for our young members caters for about 12 young people each year and has shown considerable success in the results of those children in local and national competitions.
In order to provide safety cover for out sailing activities we need to have members who are competent in handling power craft.
We therefore provide training so that approximately 20 members per year have been awarded the R.Y.A. Power Boat Certificates levels 1 & 2 and in addition about 12 members per year undertake our Safety Boat Course.
Link to 'Power Boat' Course Information
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.
Training Information News & Notices
|17 May 13||SSSC retains its status as a 'Champion Club' !|
|28 Mar 13||Try Sailing for Free - Saturday 13th April|
|20 Apr 12||TON UP FOR SOUTH STAFFS SC OPEN DAY|
|03 Mar 11||2011 Junior Programme now released!|
|04 Jan 11||Learn to Sail in 2011|
|19 Nov 10||Junior Sailing at South Staffs|
|08 Sep 10||Saturday Sailing - Debate ?|
|29 Mar 10||Junior Honda Rib Challenge-THIS SATURDAY 3rd APRIL|
|01 Mar 10||Calling all Junior members !|
|03 Feb 10||OOD Check List|
|04 Nov 09||End of Sunday Morning Junior Training for 2009|