Training at Poole Yacht Club

With so much sailing on offer at Poole Yacht Club, it can be daunting to find out how you can start your sailing journey! This is where your friendly training team come in.

Poole Yacht Club is a recognised RYA Training Centre, with all the instructors being current members who have sailed for many years at Poole Yacht Club, this is all under the watchful eye of our Sailing Manager, AJ Windsor.

We have lots of training available for everyone, kids to adults, beginners to intermediate and even those wishing to become future instructors.

Please see below for more information and booking links.

Manic Piranhas

Wednesday night is all about the kids (ages 8 to 16).

Our junior training is run throughout the season, April to September, every Wednesday night.

This not only gives the kids a safe space to learn to sail, but also includes techniques for preparing and maintaining the boats as well as general water safety. All of our volunteer instructors are qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors with a wealth of knowledge between them.

We have a variety of courses available for our young sailors, and the hope is that they continue there training for many years with us and become future instructors or even sailing super stars!

Adult Sailing (Big Shots)

This will be replacing our Adult Improvers group, but certainly not leaving those improvers behind. We have merged a few of our offerings and listened to all your feedback.
You will need to have at least a Level 2 sailing ability to join this group, but speak to AJ, who can advise on best way to achieve this if needed. You will also be able to hire a club boat for the season if you need to.

We will have two sessions specifically for the Big Shots:

Monday Evening - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This is racing night, where we teach and guide you through everything you need to know about racing, in a fun and engaging environment. With the main goal to give you the confidence to join the main race fleets, you may do this in whatever boat you choose.
Friday Mornings - 10 a.m. to noon
Replacing Sailing with a Pro, but defiantly not losing the spirit of those sessions. On these mornings we shall all head out sailing and concentrate on whatever the group would like and the weather permits. Sailing in / out the marina, cruising around the harbour or maybe a spot of rounders who knows!! Once again, any boat is welcomed.

RYA Adult Beginners Course

This is a TWO DAY COURSE, and we look at the basics of sailing across both Single and Double Handed boats.
We will be following the RYA Scheme throughout the course and you will hopefully learn the following:
Rigging - Tacking - Gybing - Upwind & Downwind Sailing - Launching & Landing.

If you have wanted to give it a go for a while or just need the confidence to get out there sign up to this course. Plus lunch is included in the price

For more information and to book:

RYA Powerboat Level 2

This is a 2 day course, where you will learn the skills required to drive powerboat, safely and efficiently. This is the basic requirement for you to be able to volunteer as a safety boat driver for the club. Most of our PB2 course are run in November and December. Please check booking link below for further information.

Capsize Recovery

This is a Free one day course (members only), for those that want to learn the skills of being a Safety Boat Driver for the club, in particular the skills to rescue people and boats.

Participants must have a RYA Powerboat Level 2 License and planning on being an active part of safety boat volunteering duties this season.

VHF Marine Radio and RYA First Aid Course

Continuing our passion for safety, we also offer all our club members VHF and First Aid Courses throughout the year.

Both of these course are strongly recommended by the training team and gives you all the skills you need in the event of an emergency.

For more information and dates please look at our training diary, or contact us by email: