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, RS Aeros, Hobie 16s, 420s, Ospreys, and Optimists.
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.
Been a sailor for a while, but feeling a bit nervous going out on your own?
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.
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.
We offer a range of training for Adults covering all levels of ability.
For those new to sailing we run Beginner Sailing RYA Level 1, this will bring you up to the skill required to be part of our Improvers Class.
Our Improvers Class is a 7 week course is social way for those with basic dinghy experience to build on their skills and confidence.
RYA level 2 is a two day course for members with their own boats who want to improve rapidly.
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.
- 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
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 qualification is required to helm a club safety boat and is therefore recommended for our on the water volunteers, or for our volunteers that want to progress to Assistant Instructors or Dinghy Instructors.
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.
For Full, Youth over 14, or Partner members the cost is £128, of which £100 is refunded after 8 on the water volunteer duties are signed off in your RYA log book by a Race Officer.
For Associate Members the cost is £256, of which £200 will be refunded after 8 on the water volunteer duties are signed off.
RYA PB2 Direct Assessment
Up to 1 day assessment.
For Full, Youth over 14, or Partner members the initial charge is £78, of which £50 is refunded after 8 on the water volunteer duties are signed off.
For Associate Members the cost is £155, of which £100 is refunded after 8 on the water volunteer duties are signed off.
Note - Candidate must be able to demonstrate experience and hold minimum RYA Day Skipper navigation qualification.
All bookings to be made through web collect
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.
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.
For Full, Youth over 14, or Partner members the cost is £122, of which £100 is refunded after 8 on the water volunteer duties are signed off in your RYA log book by a Race Officer.
For Associate Members the cost is £252, of which £200 will be refunded after 8 on the water volunteer duties are signed off.