Learn to sail at an RYA accredited club...

Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club are a recognized and accredited RYA training center. 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 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 / Junior stage 1 is the basic entry to sailing and will give you the grounding to take part in our Junior League / Beginners days, to crew or progress to more advanced training courses.

The RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus Level 2 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, the RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus Stage 3 and the RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 2 give 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, stage 3 / 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 Certificate

Learn to Operate a Safety Boat to the RYA Standard

This one-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.

Course Content

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 no shops nearby, so you will have to bring any refreshments, including a packed lunch. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day, as is the use of the kettle, microwave, 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 or 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/plimsols are fine. The bottom of the dinghy can be wet.
  • Bring a waterproof.
  • Sunglasses/hat and sun cream is important even if it's not that sunny.
  • The club have a supply of appropriate buoyancy aids but if you have a your own you are welcome to bring it.
  • 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.

Still up for it? Email training@yorkshireousesaiingclub.co.uk or use the contacts below.


Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club. Ferry Lane.
York YO19 4PN

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