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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.

Improvers Class

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

On a Monday and Thursday evening we offer two fleets of Adult Improver training sessions, to build confidence in boat handling and provide a sailing and social experience for those who don’t yet feel ready to join in with our racing programme.

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.

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.

The Race Hut

Helping in the Race Hut is an excellent way to get to know about how yacht and dinghy racing is managed.

No experience is necessary as an introductory session is provided every spring and training is given "on the day". Initially a Race Hut Assistant (described in Dutyman as OOD Asst) is asked to monitor and record the sail numbers of the competing boats in a specific class, advising the Race Officer (OOD) when the first one in the class is finishing a lap or someone is retiring.

As the Asst becomes more experienced they can take control of the starting signals or take one of the RYA Club Race Officer courses run at the club which is the first step towards a more responsible position in Club racing and then carrying on towards National Race Officer.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is run across 2 days, typically 08:45 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.

Night Security

Keith Askew arranges the Night Patrol activities, if you are interested in participating in this activity, then Keith will arrange an induction session on how to use the launch.

It is expected that you have experience of helming boats before undertaking this course, if you do not, then the PB2 course is recommended to provide the foundation.

The Night Patrol Launch Training is provided free of charge to those who are volunteering to undertake the night patrols on our club launch.

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 08:45 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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