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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 doublehanded dinghies. To book please find your preferred course on the calendar or book online tab and buy the appropriate ticket/s.


Boats

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.

OR

The RS Quest. A modern polyethylene 14 foot sailing dinghy that can be comfortably sailed with 2 but large enough to accommodate up to 5. It is ideally suited to training due to its roominess and stability and has recently been introduced into the club but specifically as a training boat only. This is to avoid influencing trainees toward a specific class of boat when it comes to buying one to sail at the club.

Instructor ratio

Double-handed:

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

SI:

The SI will have an overview of the Doublehanded course, 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:

Double-handed

Equipment, wind, boat orientation & rigging

Launch & familiarisation

Basic boat controls, beam reach

Land drill Going about

Going about

Sailing to windward

Five Essentials


Day 2:

Double-handed

Sailing Downwind

Land Drill - Gybing

Gybing

Sail triangular course, first Solo sail

Further sessions (inc capsize drill)



Detailed lesson plans

Equipment:

Fleet: GP14 or RS Quests

Safety boat: Highfield RIB

Classroom: Training Loft


Sailing areas:

The course will operate in sailing areas dependent upon 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:

    • 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:

    • 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:

    • 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:

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

Last updated 20:46 on 26 November 2023

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