Training at Poole Yacht Club

The wide membership of Poole Yacht Club includes champions and hugely experienced sailors. They are always looking to help others improve, and increase the friendly competition at the weekly races! Get in contact with your class captain, who we introduce you to an appropriate mentor to continue your sailing education, and skim the minutes off that finishing time!

Our dinghy classes race on a Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Classes represented at Poole are the Lasers, GP14s, Yachting World Dayboats, Contenders, RS200s, Ospreys, Optimists and RS Fevas.

We offer a fast, medium and slow handicap fleets so everyone can join in the racing programme.

October – December we offer a Saturday afternoon dinghy racing programme and the keelboats race every Sunday morning October – March.

We have a range of club boats available for hire by club members at extremely good value rates.

RYA Principal

Our RYA Principal, Katie Hooper, offers a range of training covering absolute beginners to seasoned racers.

Katie has over 10 years experience teaching sailing at home and abroad and has taught thousands of aspiring sailors.

A dedicated racer of Lasers, rs200s, kayaks and paddleboards, when not at work, Katie can be found out on the water.

07741 140258‬

Youth Training

We offer junior beginner sailing training on a Wednesday evening April to October. Junior sailors (ages 8 to 16), learn the basics of sailing, the safety and technique of preparing a sailboat and then progress on to further sailing and race coaching on a Wednesday evening. This training is run under our status as an RYA Training Centre.

All our training and safety boat cover is provided by qualified volunteers.

Poole Yacht Club is one of only 15 British sailing clubs to be named a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club.
British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club is an award given to a club dedicated to excellence in developing sailing stars of the future.

Contact the Office to sign up.

Adult Training

We offer adult beginner sailing training on a Wednesday evening April to October.

There's no expected level of ability, we will teach you to sail in the sheltered waters next to the club.

To begin, a RYA qualified instructor will be in the boat with you. As you get more confident the instructor will be in another boat alongside you. Your tutor will be beside you guiding you through every step and help you build your confidence on the water.

Your club tutor will soon have you ready to go out on your own, either to take part in our exciting and varied racing season, or just relaxing confidently out on the waves.

This training is run under our status as an RYA Training Centre. All our training and safety boat cover is provided by qualified volunteers.

Contact the Office to sign up.

Private Tutition

Private one to one tutition is available to Club members from our RYA Principal.

These lessons are catered to your individual ability and areas you wish to improve.

They are suitable for everyone from absolute beginners looking to sail for the first time, to seasoned sailors wanting to shave some minutes off their race timings.

Lesson Duration Price
One Hour £40 /person
Half Day (3 hours) £95 /person
Full Day (6 hours) £170 /person

RYA Stages 1 - 4

A 5 day course for 8-16 year olds, teaching all the fundamentals of sailing.
All students will advance 1 stage by the end of the course, with the quick learners advancing 2 stages.

Students will master the basics of sailing in the safety of the harbour with an instructor close by in a safety boat.

As we will be getting wet all students must be confident swimmers.
Bring your wetsuit and bouyancy aid if you own one.
Lunch can be bought at the Club, or you can bring a packed lunch.

Stage 1: A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Stage 2: A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor

Stage 3: Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme

Stage 4: Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat.

Beginner Sailing RYA Level 1

We offer adult beginner sailing training throughout the year. This two day course runs either mid- week or during weekends.

There's no expected level of ability, we will teach you to sail in the sheltered waters next to the club.

To begin, a RYA qualified instructor will be beside you guiding you through every step and help you build your confidence on the water.

By the end of the two day course you will be confident sailing across the wind, turning the boat around in light airs and have basic knowledge of wind awareness, rigging of dinghies and launching and landing the boat.

Once you have completed your Level 1 you can move onto become a more confident and independent sailor with a level 2 course.

This training is run under our status as an RYA Training Centre. All our training and safety boat cover is provided by qualified volunteers.

To sign up please visit https://webcollect.org.uk/pycracing

RYA level 2

An improvement course for confident adult sailors, completing RYA level 2 will leave you confident taking a boat out by yourself.

You will learn:

  • Sailing on different points of sail.
  • The 5 essesitals of sailing:
    Centreboard, Sail setting, boat trim, boat balance, course made good.
  • Jibing.
  • Sailing around a course.
  • Sailing in all wind directions.

You will need a wetsuit, bring your bouyancy aid if you own one. As we plan lunch around the weather, if you are likely to get hungry please bring snack and drinks.
Lunch can be bought at the Club, or you can bring a packed lunch.

You need to have your own boat

Improvers Class

Been a sailor for a while, but feeling a bit nervous going out on your own?

On Monday evenings we offer a 7 week improver course for those that have completed the beginner RYA level 1 course or have basic dinghy sailing experience. Instruction in this group will concentrate on skills needed to take part in club racing and on building confidence so sailors can enjoy “cruising” dinghy sailing in all areas of the harbour.

This 7 week course in a small intimate group is the perfect way to learn. To sign up for the Improver training please visit https://webcollect.org.uk/pycracing

RYA Powerboat Level 2

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is run across 2 days, typically 09:00 to 17:00 each day, with a break for lunch.

The course is recommended for on the water volunteers, or for our Youth volunteers that want to progress to Assistant Instructors or Dinghy Instructors or members who want to participate in the RYA Honda Youth Challenge event.

The course is open to members from age 14 upwards. Attendees to the course will be asked to provide a passport size photo, as well as the weather and tide forecast for the duration of the course.

The course costs £117 to attend.

£17 of this covers the cost of the RYA course material and certificate, the remaining £100 is refunded once 8 on the water volunteer duties have been undertaken and signed off in your RYA log book by a Race Officer.

This discounted RYA training is only provided to full club members, not those with Associate Membership.

The course fees should be paid to the office once the place has been accepted.

Contact the office to sign up

Powerboat Training FAQ

How do I apply?
Your interest in attending one of these courses should be registered with the office, where a central list of people awaiting powerboat training is maintained
How frequently do we run the courses?
The RYA courses tend to be run on weekends across the quieter times of the year, when we have ready access to the Safety Boats, i.e. November, December, January & February. We do occasionally run courses in either the Easter or Summer Holidays, these are scheduled against demand. We endeavour to run at least two PB2 and two Safety Boat courses per winter.
How many people will be on each RYA course?
The RYA student to instructor ratio is 3 to 1, we typically run the course with 3 instructors, so 9 students at a time. The Safety Boat course may only be run with 2 instructors and 6 students, depending upon how many willing ‘capsize and recovery volunteers’ we can encourage onto the water in the winter months.
What other relevant RYA training do the club provide?
The Cruising Section run both the RYA First Aid and RYA VHF courses, see the Cruising Section notice board
I am PB2 certified, but haven’t driven a RIB, what options are available to me to help out with our club on the water duties?
Sign up to Duty Man, our volunteer system, and volunteer for a Rib Assist position. The nominated safety boat driver for that boat should allow the RIB assist to drive during a quiet period. If a dinghy subsequently requires assistance, then swap back to the nominated driver. We do run refresher sessions in March, where instructors are available to run through the boats, and as long as we have enough capsize volunteers, we will also undertake capsize and towing exercises.
I’ve recently qualified and now want to participate as a RIB driver
Sign up to Duty Man, our volunteer system, and volunteer for a Rib Driver position. When you sign on, find out who the nominated Safety Lead is, they will run through with you where you are required to position your boat in relation to the fleet before you go on the water. Remember, safety boat cover is provided for the safety of the dinghy sailors in the first place, their boat can always be recovered later and with assistance if required.

RYA Safety Boat

The RYA Safety Boat course is run across 2 days, typically 09:00 to 17:00 each day, with a break for lunch.

The course is recommended for PB2 qualified RIB drivers with sufficient recent driving experience, preferably 8 or more duties within either our club dinghy racing safety duties or Youth training safety duties, if in doubt please consult one of the Instructors listed below.

It is specifically aimed at how to recover people and different types of craft, including practical experience.

Attendees to the course will be asked to provide the weather and tide forecast for the duration of the course, as well as to bring their RYA log book for the relevant sections to be signed off upon successful completion.

The course costs £117 to attend.

£17 of this covers the cost of the RYA course material and certificate, the remaining £100 is refunded once 8 on the water volunteer duties have been undertaken and signed off in your RYA log book by a Race Officer.

This discounted RYA training is only provided to full club members, not those with Associate Membership.

The course fees should be paid to the office once the place has been accepted.

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