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RYA NSS Level 1 - Start Sailing

Aim of course:

The aim of Level 1 is to give students a basic understanding of sailing, its terminology, develop the ability to dress appropriately, rig, launch, sail and turn in all directions, right a capsize, recover and derig a boat, all through relaxed tuition for the purpose of safe and enjoyable recreational sailing. The course offers students the opportunity of learning in Singlehanded dinghies or doublehanded dinghies. Although the course will run alongside each other the differences in teaching methods means that sessions will take place separately.


Boats

Single-handed:

The Topper is an 11 foot sailing dinghy, constructed from polypropylene, meaning it is lightweight, robust and making it ideal as a training boat. The Topper is raced at SSSC as a Youth class boat. This option is best for those with a good level of mobility & fitness, who learn by doing and are confident on (or in!) water.

Double-handed:

The GP 14 (General Purpose 14-foot dinghy) which can be cruised, raced, rowed or even powered by a small outboard motor. As a training boat it is stable and large enough to accommodate an instructor and two students. The GP14 is raced as a two person adult class at SSSC. This option is best for those who take a more considered approach to learning and like to understand the theory.


Instructor ratio

Single-handed:

Will operate on a ratio of 1:4 with a maximum of 4 students.

Double-handed:

Will operate on ratio of 1:2 with a maximum of 6 students.

SI:

The SI will have an overview of both the Singlehanded and Doublehanded courses, monitoring any safety issues ensuring the standard of course delivery and timely progress through the sessions by the DI's. The SI will brief and debrief DI's as required.


Course delivery

Classroom, Onshore and Onwater sessions will be by DI's in accordance with the relevant method.


Course structure Overview:

Day 1:

Single-handed

Double-handed

Equipment & parts of the boat

Equipment, wind, boat orientation & rigging

Rigging

Launch & familiarisation

Demo: Land drill & afloat: tacking & capsize

Basic boat controls, beam reach

Sailing across the wind (inc Tacking)

Land drill Going about

Steering towards and away from the wind

Going about

Improving sailing to windward

Sailing to windward

Five Essentials

Five Essentials


Day 2:

Single-handed

Double-handed

Demo: Land drill & afloat: Downwind & Gybe

Sailing Downwind

Downwind & Gybing

Land Drill - Gybing

Sailing a triangular course

Gybing

Follow my leader/further sessions

Sail triangular course, first Solo sail

Further sessions (inc capsize drill)

Further sessions (inc capsize drill)



Detailed lesson plans

Equipment:

Single-handed course:

Fleet:Toppers

Safety boat: T40 RIB

Classroom: Training loft


Double-handed course:

Fleet: GP14s

Safety boat: Highfield RIB

Classroom: Clubroom


Sailing areas:

The two courses will operate in separate sailing areas dependent upon wind direction.


Single-handed:

Will use the left hand jetty (looking out from the club) and sailing areas 1 & 2 or 2 & 3, depending on the wind direction.


Double-handed:

Will use the right hand jetty and sailing areas 3 & 4 or 1 & 4, depending on the wind direction.



DOUBLE-HANDED LESSON PLAN

DAY 1:

9:00 - 9:30 CLASSROOM: **JOINT SESSION WITH S/H COURSE**

    • Introductions Instructors and participants
    • Course outline
    • Facilities and safety briefing (slipways, booms, ropes, dealing with capsizes, etc)


9:30 - 10:15 ASHORE:

    • Intro to the parts of the boat & rigging
    • Wind direction and awareness
    • Rig & launch boats
    • Check clothing and buoyancy aids


10:15 - 10:30 ON WATER:

    • Familiarisation sail: Instructor on helm
    • Reaching figure of eight,
    • Wind awareness
    • Students allocated tasks (jib sheets, observation)
    • Students balance boat


10:30 - 10:45 ASHORE:

    • Coffee Break


10:45 - 11:45 ON WATER:

    • Basic boat controls on a beam reach (students on helm except when going about)
    • Lying to
    • Sails and sheets
    • Rudder and tiller
    • Centreboard


11:45 - 12:15 ASHORE:

    • Land drill going about


12:15 - 13:00 LUNCH / DEBRIEF


13:00 - 13:45 ON WATER:

    • Practice reaching and going about back to a reach
    • Coming alongside the jetty (demo)


13:45 - 14:15 CLASSROOM:

    • Points of sail and no go zone
    • Introduction to the Five Essentials


14:15 - 14:30 ASHORE:

    • Coffee Break


14:30 - 15:30 ON WATER:

    • Upwind sailing, Shallow triangle (no gybing)
    • Finding No-Go Zone
    • Improving goiing about
    • Getting out of irons (Push Push - Pull Pull)


15:30 - 16:00 ASHORE:

    • De-rig


16:00 - 16:30 CLASSROOM: **JOINT SESSION WITH S/H COURSE**

    • Wind (onshore, offshore)
    • Beaufort Scale, know before you go
    • Knots & uses: figure of eight, round turn & two half hitches, cleating
    • Debrief & questions


DAY 2:

9:00 - 9:30 CLASSROOM:

    • Questions from day 1
    • Recap going upwind, tacking and course made good on a beat
    • Introduction to downwind sailing, training run


9:30 - 10:30 ON WATER:

    • Rig & launch boats
    • Downwind sailing
    • Bearing away
    • Finding training run using jib
    • Use of 5 Five Essentials
    • Instructor to demonstrate gybe on final run


10:30 - 11:00 ASHORE:

    • Gybing, land drill


11:00 - 11:15 ASHORE:

    • Coffee Break


11:15 - 12:00 ON WATER:

    • Leaving the jetty
    • Gybing(triangular course)
    • Coming alongside the jetty


12:00 - 12:30 CLASSROOM: **JOINT SESSIONS WITH S/H COURSE**

    • Rules of the road (Port/Starboard, Windward/Leeward, Overtaking boat)
    • Capsize theory


12:30 - 13:15 LUNCH / DEBRIEF


13:15 - 14:00 ON WATER:

    • Sailing a triangular course, (with instructor in the boat)
    • Demonstrate five essentials
    • First Solo sail


14:00 - 14:30 ASHORE:

    • Capsize theory


14:30 - 15:15 ON WATER:

    • CAPSIZE (not compulsory, but do it if conditions permit) de-rig all but one boat before capsize
    • Boat on line from jetty or buoy
    • Swim around back, use board to right boat


15:15 - 15:30 ASHORE:

    • Coffee Break


15:30 - 16:00 ASHORE:

    • De-rig


16:00 - 16:30 CLASSROOM: **JOINT SESSION WITH S/H COURSE**

    • Debrief and questions
    • End of course procedures: log books and next step


SINGLE-HANDED LESSON PLAN

DAY 1:

9:00 - 9:30 CLASSROOM (Session 1):

    • Course intro/ facilities briefing/ safety info
    • Clothing, buoyancy, attracting attention


9:30 - 10:00 ASHORE (Session 2):

    • Intro to the parts of the boat & rigging
    • Wind direction and awareness
    • Brief intro to capsize & what to do


10:00 - 10:45 DEMO / LAND DRILL (session 3A):

    • Going about on land and on the water
    • Lying to
    • Getting out of irons
    • Coming alongside


10:45 - 11:00 ASHORE:

    • Coffee Break


11:00 - 12:00 ON WATER (Session 3B):

    • Sailing across the wind,
    • Tacking each time (figure of eight)
    • Use of tiller and sheets,
    • Going about & getting out of irons


12:00 - 12:30 CLASSROOM:

    • Upwind/downwind
    • Points of sail and no go zone


12:30 - 13:15 LUNCH / DEBRIEF


13:15 - 14:00 ON WATER (Session 4):

    • Improving steering
    • Sailing to windward

14:00- 14:30 CLASSROOM:

    • Five essentials


14:30- 15:15 ON WATER (Session 5):

    • Improving sailing towards and bearing away from the wind
    • Practice lying to
    • Shallow triangle with tacking only


15:15 - 15:30

    • Coffee Break


15:30 - 16:00 ASHORE:

    • De-rig


16:00 - 16:30 CLASSROOM: **JOINT SESSION WITH D/H COURSE**

    • Wind (onshore, offshore)
    • Beaufort Scale, know before you go
    • Knots & uses: figure of eight, round turn & two half hitches, cleating
    • Debrief & questions


DAY 2:

9:00 - 9:15 CLASSROOM:

    • Questions from day 1
    • Recap going upwind, tacking and close-hauled (course made good)
    • Recap going downwind, training run


9:15 - 10:00 ASHORE:

    • DEMO / LAND DRILL
    • Downwind & gybing


10:00 - 10:30 ASHORE:

    • Rig boats


10:30 - 10:45 ASHORE:

    • Coffee Break


10:45 - 12:00 ON WATER (session 6):

    • Downwind and Gybing
    • Short recap on sailing a triangle (no gybing) with a beat upwind
    • Gybing afloat, set triangle to gybe training run to training run
    • Practice further coming alongside


12:00 - 12:30 CLASSROOM: **JOINT SESSION WITH D/H COURSE**

    • Rules of the road (Port/Starboard & Windward/Leeward)
    • Capsize theory


13:15 - 14:15 ON WATER: (session 7):

    • Sailing a triangle


14:15 - 14:30 ASHORE:

    • Coffee Break


14:30 - 15:30 ON WATER:

    • Follow my leader with gybing
    • Demonstrate five essentials
    • Slowing down and lying to
    • CAPSIZE (not compulsory, but do it if conditions permit) derig all but one boat before capsize
    • Boat on line from jetty or buoy
    • Swim around back, use board to right boat


15:30 - 16:00 ASHORE:

    • De-rig


16:00 - 16:30 CLASSROOM: **JOINT SESSION WITH S/H COURSE**

    • Debrief and questions
    • End of course procedures: log books and next step

Last updated 04:34 on 25 June 2022

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