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Courses

On this page you'll find an outline of some courses that we have run at ASC.
These are:
•  For Children - Starting Sailing - the basic skills course for children in singlehanders.
•  For Teenagers and Adults - Start Racing - a course for Teenagers and Adults who have the basic skills but wish to develop them.
•  For Adults - Start Sailing - the basic skills course for Adults in crewed dinghys.
•  Safety Boat Familiarisation Day - Essential for all club members who might use the safety boats at ASC.

For details of when these courses will run, or how to apply, please look at the Training Calendar on the course bookings page. For details of the equipment you'll need please see below.

 

Start Sailing for Children

A course for children to introduce the basics of sailing.

We teach children sailing in small individual dinghies called Oppies. The course will be run on  Sunday afternoons in April/May/June (please see the Training Calendar on the Course Bookings page for details) and then follow on with a number of practice sessions during the summer on Sunday afternoons (this will be arranged at the time).

We find that 7yr olds and under may struggle with this course. 

Please Note: Parents are expected to stay on site to help their children with boat rigging/stowing/safety ashore. The second part of the course, the practice sessions  will be self organised by the parents on the course (this will be arranged at the time). We also ask all parents to be particularly aware of the the Safety information published on this website as some parts are particularly inportant for children.

 Dates,

Please see our course bookings page

Times: 13:00 to 16:00, on Saturdays/Sundays

(Parents are expected to stay on site to help their children, particularly with getting boats out and putting them away)

 Membership

For this course children taking part should be part of a Family Membership of the club. For information on Club membership please contact the Membership Secretary via the contacts page.

Course outline

 While the course can teach the elements of sailing we also find that the non-course practice sessions are just as important to build up experience and develop skills.

 Key elements covered are: 

• Intro to the boats and steering 

• Sailing into and away from the Wind

• Sailing Solo, stopping & starting

• Sailing a course, capsizes, man overboard. 

• Concepts of Safety and Racing

Start sailing for Adults

A course for Adults and Teenagers to introduce the basics of sailing.


The overall course is aimed at Adults and Teenagers who have had a little or no experience of Dinghy Sailing and takes them to standard where by they should be able to take out a dinghy, and sail in most directions in good weather conditions. The course is also good for those who have had informal teaching or need a refresher.

We will have an option to complete the course in both Crewed boats (Wayfarers) and Singlehanders (Picos).

Dates

 Please see our course bookings page.

 Times:  13.30 to 16:30 Sunday afternoons

 For information on Club membership please contact the Membership Secretary.

Course outline

 • Intro to the boats and steering 

 • Sailing into and away from the Wind 

 • Sailing Solo, stopping & starting 

 • Sailing a course, capsizes, man overboard. 

We also allow some extra time over the course to practise sailing skills and become able to perform them in a variety of conditions.  

For this course we use the clubs Wayfarer dinghys (pictured above) where 2 students crew the dinghy with an instructor. We will also use the clubs Picos (pictured below) for the singlehanded option.

 

Start Racing

Our Start Racing Course is aimed at developing regular dinghy racing skills in the 13yr olds and above. We assume that they already have basic skills before they join this group.

 

The course takes place on Sunday afternoons using the club’s fleet of Picos and Wayfarers, always lots of fun, but places are limited. Sessions can also be run in students’ own boats.

Sessions take place typically on Sundays in June/July, Please see the Training Calendar on our course bookings page for exact details.

Times: Sundays, 13:00 to 16:00

For information on Club membership please contact the Membership Secretary.

Course outline

The course will be tailored to meet the needs of the students at the time and the weather conditions. Topics normally covered are:

• Launching & recovery 

• Tacking & gybing 

• Sailing a triangle course (upwind downwind) 

• Stopping & starting at the pontoon 

• Introduction to races. 

• Lots of games!!

Fun Racing

These core skills will be developed in a variety of weather conditions but with the end focus on racing.

Part of the afternoon will be dedicated to fun, informal racing.

 Boats

 ASC wants to encourage newcomers into the exciting world of Dinghy Racing. Students in the ASC training scheme who are of sufficient competency are therefore invited, as part pf the training package, to join the Sunday morning races in the ASC Pico fleet and to experience the fun and excitement of fleet racing. Please contact us for more details.

 

Safety Boat Familiarisation Day

Essential for all club members who use Safety boats, either for racing or during free sailing. The course covers the safe an effective operation of the club safety boats

 

 This course is only open to over 16 yr olds and sailing members of ASC for future use at ASC. Please note we don't offer ICC Certificates.

 Dates

 Courses are normally run in Jan/Feb/March in response to demand.

 Course outline

 • Starting & stopping the engine

 • Boat handling & manoeuvring 

• Coming alongside 

• Reversing 

• Mooring 

What to Bring

• Normal sailing clothing (see what to bring) (Yes we like to run this course when it's cold)

• Lunch 

What to Bring

Sailing is a wet sport and you should assume that you'll be in the water each time you sail. The club has hot showers and will provide Tea and Coffee.

 • Windproof/waterproof anorak and trousers - but we recommend wetsuits are worn underneath on colder days.

 • Hat (with cord so it dosn't blow away)

 • Glasses/Sun Glasses also with retaining cord.

 • Change(s) of clothing (warm jersey, shirt, trousers, underwear etc.) Please assume you will get wet at least once!

 • 1 pair of trainers, or plimsolls (not Wellington boots)

 • Lunch for courses that run all day. (Tea & Coffee are provided)

 • Towel/Soap/Shower Gel.

 • Sun cream (water proof)

 • The club has a number of buoyancy aids but participants may wish to bring there own.