Learn to sail at an RYA accredited club...

Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club are a recognized and accredited RYA training centre. We provide training on a voluntary basis to new and existing members. This allows the training to take place within a small friendly group and a pleasant atmosphere.

We will create a safe training environment for adults and children to learn to handle boats and sailing techniques. As we are based on the river Ouse at Naburn, you will also get used to other river traffic, river current and the interesting effect that a river environment has on the wind.

We teach both the RYA Youth and Adult Sailing Syllabus and prefer all out students to start at the beginning and work your way up. The RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus Level 1 is the basic entry to sailing and will give you the grounding be a useful crew or move on to the more advanced training courses.

The next step is RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus Level 2 which aligns with the RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 1 for adults. This usually takes two days to complete. This level will introduce you to the basics of sailing a dinghy, including rigging, launching and basic handling techniques. You will learn a lot whilst having fun!

At the next level, things start to get a bit more serious with the RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus Level 3 and the RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 2 which gives you the freedom to sail unsupervised and to take part in racing.  This is the level most people aspire to and will introduce you to sailing efficiently, recovering from a capsize and rescuing a man overboard. Taking around four days, level 2 will also include more theory, including interacting with other boats. 

Once your have the RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus Level 3 / Adult Level 2 the next stages depend on the direction you want to take with your sailing and a number of options are available you. Our chief instructor will happily discuss the options open to you and help you achieve your goals.

Explorer Scouts...

Explorer Scouts will fit right in, many of our instructors have a Scouting background so we get you. We can run group training sessions for Explorer Scout groups or you're welcome to join as an individual. The great news is that the Explorer Scout Staged Sailing Award works with the RYA Youth Training Scheme. Pass Level 1, and you get your Explorer Sailing Stage 1 and so on, all the way to Stage 4.

Powerboat Training

These courses are available to existing members who wish to assist with safety boat and officer of the day duties.

Powerboat Level 2

Learn to Operate a Safety Boat to the RYA Standard

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. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Course Content

Launching and recovery
Boat handling
Securing to a buoy
Leaving and coming alongside
Man overboard

Safety Boat Centificate

Learn to Operate a Safety Boat to the RYA Standard

This two-day course provides 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.

You will be taught the following

Boat handling
Dinghy rescue
Windsurfer rescue
Kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory)
End-of-day procedures
Suitability of craft
Local factors
Rescuing other water users

Training Information

During the Day

There are not any shops close to hand so you will have to bring any refreshments including packed lunch with you. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day as is use of the kettle, microwave and cutlery etc..

We have changing facilities where you can leave your equipment, obviously at your own risk so leave what you can at home or in your vehicle.

There is a lawned area where families can spectate if they wish

What to bring and wear for a training day.

  • Assume anything you bring will get muddy or wet. River mud will defeat any washing machine so bring old clothes.
  • A short or full wetsuit is ideal for sailing but failing that older tracksuit style clothes that do not restrict your movement.
  • Bring a full change of clothes, including something warm you can change into if you get wet.
  • If you have deck shoes, bring them, but failing that old trainers/plimsolls are fine. The bottom of the dinghy will probably be wet, particularly if it has been capsized.
  • Bring a waterproof.
  • Sunglasses/hat and suncream if it’s going to be sunny.
  • The club have a supply of appropriate buoyancy aids but if you have a your own you are welcome to bring it. Please note that water-ski/surf style crash jackets are not suitable for sailing dinghies.
  • Crash hats are available and must be used by all children under 10 when involved in training. The Chief Instructor may also dictate their use according to weather conditions.

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