Training Activities


rya affiliatetc_logoTraining is a very important part of club activities. SSC is affiliated to the Royal Yacht Association and is one of the 2,200 accredited RYA Training Centres in more than 44 countries. This means that training is carried out by RYA certified Instructors and Assistant Instructors.

In addition, the Training Principal and Senior Instructors are able to assess students and award RYA qualifications as appropriate. Insurance restrictions mean that training is only available to members of the SSC.
SSC is also committed to training young people under the RYA OnBoard initiative to sail and our YOTAS (Youth On The Alde Sailing) group is very popular, with weekly training sessions during the season lading to 1-3 RYA certification. 

The club holds outreach events - for example, for schools.

Of course, the backbone of the training programme is the trainers themselves. Without their commitment the programme would soon founder. Here is a list of members who are qualified trainers together with members who act as training assistants to provide valuable help on the day.

RYA Courses

Slaughden Sailing Club offers training courses leading to the following RYA qualifications. We should point out though, that we are not a commercial training establishment and courses only take place if there is sufficient demand and enough suitably qualified instructors with the time to spare!

Level 1 Start Sailing

Getting Afloat – An introduction to the sport, covering the minimum knowledge required to get afloat under supervision. It will give you a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background knowledge.

Level 2 Basic Skills

The Foundations of the Sport – Becoming a competent sailor in light winds with an introduction to sailing techniques and manoeuvres, rigging, launching, safety, capsize recovery and basic rules of the water.

Powerboat Course

Level 1 & 2. This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. Your certificate will be endorsed for competency in tidal waters.

Safety Boat Course

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies and for racing or training activities. You will need to hold the RYA Level 2 Powerboat certificate to do this course.

First Aid Course

This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. Instructors must keep their First Aid certification up to date (3 yearly update) to validae their instructors certification. AlllSafety boat crews must include at least one member with a First Aid certificate.

Please see the Sailing Club Programme, either in the yearbook or online here, for dates of the courses we are running this year. Further details from the Training Centre Principal via the club contacts page.