NBYC Sailing Academy

NBYC Sailing Academy offers an all year round coaching and mentoring program to sailors over the age of 7 and under 18 (as of the 1st Jan) who are new to the sport and those competing at higher levels.  Youth training is primarily based around two classes: Optimists and Toppers (5.2 and 4.2)

Saturday Morning Sailing

See above NBYC Sailing Academy.

These sessions are for Junior member sailors who have attended RYA Stage 1 and are competent to handle their boats in a wind force 3. The group is split between those that are new to sailing and a racing group. The fun sessions allow time to progress your sailing skills, learn new things and have fun with your friends. If the weather is not favourable for on -the- water training we will, where possible, offer land-based tuition instead. 

Prices: £7.50 with own boat, £12.50 with Club boat hire (Topper or Oppie)

Book Saturday Sailing in advance here


NBYC RYA Training Centre (RTC)

Junior Sailing Weeks

These week long camps run at Easter and during the Summer holidays and are known as Easter Camp and Cadet Weeks.  They are a 5 day course, on the water at 9.30am finishing at 1600 daily.  Run by qualified instructors with the focus on building confidence on the water.
Cadet Week

We offer the following stages:

Water Rats (Summer Courses only): For those with no prior sailing experience, this is a fun water confidence course, and is not an RYA certificated course. Suitable for aged 7+

RYA Stage 1: Covering a basic understanding of how a boat sails, steering and handling of a dingy. Suitable for aged 8+

RYA Stage 2: Builds on RYA Stage 1, creating a confident small boat sailor. Suitable for aged 8+ with Stage 1

RYA Stage 3: Building on RYA Stage 2, covering sailing, rigging and launching. Suitable for aged 8+ with Stage 2

RYA Stage 4: Learning how to sail a double handed boat as crew or helm and solve a variety of problems afloat. Suitable for aged 9+ with Stage 3

RYA Start Racing: Designed to give sailors the confidence, skills and knowledge to start taking part in racing in suitably calm conditions. Suitable for sailors that have completed Stage 3

Intermediate and Advanced Racing: The focus is on the development of the skills required to compete in club racing and open meetings. These usually take more than one sailing course to complete

Who can attend?:  Members and Temporary Members

Age restrictions: as above. Previous Experience: None for Water Rats or RYA Stage 1

Note: Children aged 10 and under as at 1st Jan must have a loco parentis on site during the course


RYA Powerboat 1: This is a one day course suitable for 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 suitable for 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 but maybe preceded by Powerboat 1


RYA Safety Boat: This is a two day course suitable for 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).


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

You will learn: NBYC’s  principles 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 or experienced sailors

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 an independent RYA’s assessment at the end. Suitable for aged 16+ There is a pre-entry assessment. Click here for more information: 

Candidates will be required to demonstrate competence in course preparation, delivery and management, as well as customer liaison. For more information go to:


 First Aid: A one day course, suitable for aged 14+

You will learn: All the usual first aid subjects, with the addition of those skills required by qualified instructors


In addition (for adults): The RTC can also provide courses under the RYA’s National Sailing Scheme. They are available to NBYC Members and Temporary Members.

121 Training :  Bespoke training for NBYC Members that is tailor made to your requirements and delivered by our experienced Instructors. Training can be in your own boat or a Club boat.
Prices: Instruction in your own boat £17.50 per hour, Instruction in a Club boat £22.50 per hour (standard Instructor Rate)
Please click here to complete and submit an enquiry form. A member of the Training Team will be in touch to discuss available dates with you.

The link to book for courses will give you more information about each course as well as the booking form and methods of payment