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Learn to Sail

At Ripon Sailing Club we offer you a quick, easy and safe way to learn to sail or powerboat. We provide a range of courses to help you progress and make the most of your time afloat, whatever your age, ability or aspirations. We are a recognised RYA training establishment and the courses are taken by fully qualified RYA instructors. Our instructors are all club members, volunteers who love teaching sailing or powerboating. This also helps keep our costs down which means we offer some of the best value training available.We are a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre with qualified instructors and coaches, and are subject to annual inspections and re-certification.

We run various approved RYA certificated courses and supplementary coaching sessions, primarily to teach new members how to sail, and then to develop their skills and confidence. We want to help adults and children to enjoy what can become a lifelong interest. Once you are a member of Ripon Sailing Club, you can book any of our courses online by following the links from the Bookings tab. If you do not have your own boat you can hire these online, along with booking your course ticket.

The key RYA courses which we run for Adults are RYA Level 1 (Start Sailing); Level 2 (Basic Skills); Start Racing

The club runs Adult Improver's coaching sessions on many Saturday mornings from April to October and you can book on line to attend these sessions. These are for those members who have recently completed Level 2 or who have grown tired of 'pottering' and want to get involved in racing. In a sailing club like ours, the main activity is dinghy racing. Racing is the most popular way of "giving a purpose" to your sailing activities whilst at the same time improving your skills and sharpening your techniques by competition. Look on the calendar to see when the sessions are running and book to come along - you will develop your skills but make new friends too!

The key RYA courses for Junior members are RYA Stage 1 (Start Sailing); Stage 2; Stage 3; Start Racing

We offer further Youth and Junior Improver sessions to help develop children's sailing skills. These sessions take place on many Saturday afternoons from April to October.Look at the online Club Calendar to find the dates. If youngsters do not have their own boat these can be hired online, along with course tickets by following the links from the club calendar.

We provide Powerboat Level 2 (PB2) training over 2 days to adults and children over 12 years. This course assumes no previous knowledge or experience. For juniors aged 8 - 11 we provide a 1 day Powerboat level 1 (PB1) course.

If you can already operate a powerboat, we have 'Safety Boat Familiarisation' sessions usually on the first Thursday evening of the month to show you how to launch and recover the powerboats.

Contact the training team to discuss options, and make a booking via our on-line booking system.

For details of all our courses please visit the appropriate training pages. Additional dates may be added subject to demand, or we can run any course for a minimum of 4 people over 2 or 3 days (sailing) or 2 people over 2 days (Powerboat level 2).

Additional powerboat course dates may be added subject to demand, or we can run any course for a minimum of 2 people.

Training courses (apart from Taster sessions) are only open to club members so, if you are not yet a member, come and join us! For details about membership see the " Thinking of Joining" information on the "Our Club" website page.

For further enquiries about sailing courses contact

For further enquiries about power boat courses contact

Last updated 21:26 on 21 April 2017

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