Junior Sailing

NBYC Junior Sailing Academy.

NBYC’s Junior Sailing Academy offers an all year round coaching and mentoring program to sailors over the age of 7 (as of the 1st Jan) and under 18 who are new to the sport and those competing at a high level.  It is delivered by our RYA Sailing School and RYA trained coaches.   The club also offers formal and friendly racing throughout the season.  All our courses are open to non members… but remember as a member you can come and have a bob around whenever you like!

Parents are able to enjoy the panoramic views of the Wroxham Broad from the comfort of club house, meaning they can see their young sailors whilst they are on the water.  The club house offers drinks, food and has its own licensed bar.

Training is based around two junior classes: Optimists and Toppers (5.2 and 4.2).


RYA Certified Sailing Camps: These week long camps run in Easter and during the Summer holidays – called Cadet Week – and sell out fast. They are a 5 day course, on the water at 10.00 finishing at 1600 daily.  Run by certified RYA instructors,  there are 5 different levels to choose from.  The focus is on fun and building confidence on the water.

  • Water Rats:   For those with no prior sailing experience, this is a fun water confidence course. *This is not an RYA certificated course. Aged 7+.
  • RYA Stage 1:   Covering a basic understanding of how a boat sails, steering and handling of a dingy. Aged 8+.
  • RYA Stage 2:   Builds on RYA 1, creating a confident small boat sailor. Aged 8+. Ratio 6:1
  • RYA Stage 3:   Building on RYA 2, covering sailing in any direction, rigging and launching your boat. Aged 8+.
  • RYA Stage 4:   Learning how to sail a double handed boat as crew or helm and solve a variety of problems afloat. Aged 9+. Ratio 3:1
  • RYA Start Racing:   Designed to give sailors the confidence, skills and knowledge to take part in racing in good conditions. For sailors that have completed RYA 3.


  • Intermediate and Advanced Racing: taking more than one sailing camp to complete and taking the sailor through the key principles of starting, boat handling, boat speed, strategy and tactics through to developing skills in preparation for open meetings and higher level competitions.


Who can attend?:  Members and Non Members

Age restrictions: Yes, min age 7 as at 1st Jan. Other age restrictions as per level – see above.

Previous Experience: None for Water Rats or RYA1.

Note: Children aged 12 and under as at 1st Jan must have a loco parentis on site during the course.

Dates, costs, frequency asked questions and how to appy:  https://www.nbyc.co.uk/training/


The following are for Sailors who are Members:  https://www.nbyc.co.uk/membership/

Saturday Morning Sailing: Running throughout the year, on the water for 10.00 and culminating in a coached race at 12.10, these sessions are for sailors who have attended either Water Rats or RYA1 and feel confident to handle their boats in a force 3.  The sessions are run by RYA qualified coaches. The group is split between those that are new to sailing and a racing group. 

Cost: £7.50 per sailor (pay as you go on the day) or NEW FOR 2020!! Sign up for 6 sessions online for £30 (with own boat) or £45 to include boat hire. For more information/booking please click here https:///nbyc/event/saturday-sailing-acadamy-january-11th-18th-25th-february-1st-8th-15th

Series Cups for those taking part in the 12.10 race during the season (late April to Mid October)

Who can attend?:  Members only.

Age restrictions: Yes, min age 7 as at 1st Jan.

Previous experience: Water Rats or RYA1 and be able to sail in a force 3.

Note: Children aged 12 and under as at 1st Jan must have a loco parentis on site during the session.


Fun Wednesdays: Running through the season (late April to Mid October), on the water at 1800 with a coached race at 18.30, these sessions are part of Club Sailing  and the broad is very busy, therefore these sessions are only suitable for confident sailors with knowledge of racing and experience of sailing in the prevailing wind conditions.  Note: If you are unsure of your sailors ability speak to your Saturday coach.  These sessions are run by volunteers and are free to attend.  Parental assistance is appreciated.

Who can attend?: Members Only

Age restrictions: Yes, min age 7 as at 1st Jan.

Previous experience: RYA Stage 3, confidence to complete an OPI course against other boats, and in the prevailing wind conditions.

Note: All children must have a loco parentis on site during the session.

Costs: Free.

How to apply: Just turn up and enjoy

Other Junior Training.

The following Training courses are also available to Juniors.  You do not need to be a NBYC member to attend.   To register your interest in a course email training@nbyc.co.uk

RYA Powerboat 1: This is a one day Course open to juniors aged 8+.

You will learn how to: Launch and recovery (8-11 year olds observe) preparation of boat and crew, boat handling,  picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed.


RYA Powerboat 2: This is a two day course open to juniors aged 12+.

You will learn how to: Launch and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with a endorsed certificate.  No prior experience required. May be preceded by Powerboat 1.


RYA Assistant Instructors Course: This is a 20 hour course covering basic teaching principles, open to juniors who wish to start there development of becoming an instructor.

You will learn: NBYC’s  principles and procedures and receive specific training in any unfamiliar equipment (see RYA book G14). Candidates will be assessed on their teaching ability with beginners.

Previous Experience: An advanced sailing scheme module.

This is a centre-specific certificate, awarded by the RYA and is valid for five years.


RYA Instructor: This is a 5 day course with a independent RYA’s assessment at the end.  There is a pre-entry assessment. Click here for more information <link to: https://www.rya.org.uk/training-support/Pages/dinghy-pre-entry.aspx  This is open to sailors aged 16+

Candidates will be required to demonstrate competence in course preparation, delivery and management, as well as customer liaison.

For more information go to: https://www.rya.org.uk/training-support/Pages/dinghy.aspx


RYA First Aid: A one day course, no min age.

You will learn: All the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.


RYA Safety Boat: This is a two day course, open to sailors aged 16+

You will learn: All the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying. It is strongly recommended that a member of the rescue crew should hold a first aid certificate (or should have experience of first aid).

Equipment required: Sailors must wear appropriate clothing and a life jacket at all times (reflect house rules wording) but they do not need to own their own boats.  Club Optibats and Toppers are available for hire. Contact the office on 01603 782808 or email training@nbyc.co.uk