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Click to read this interesting article by the RYAWe organise junior & youth beginner sessions each year, the dates for courses are shown below. The format, content and delivery follows the guidelines laid down by the RYA.


Dinghy Sailing 2020 Junior Courses:

Junior Sailing 1 May (Beginners): Fridays 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th May 6pm to 8pm £40 per sailor.

Junior Sailing 2 June (Beginners): Fridays 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th June 6.30pm to 8.30pm £40 per sailor.

Junior Sailing 3 August (Beginners/Intermediates): Mon – Fri 3rd – 7th August half days £25 (member) £50 (non-member) per sailor.


At the beginner sessions the only item the sailors need is suitable footwear some old trainers or similar are fine, swimming costume & towel. All other equipment is provided including buoyancy aid, wet suit, spray suit, helmet and boat.


The sessions generally run over four evenings giving a total of 8 hours training. These sessions are aimed at beginners and at the end of the sessions the sailors should be able to sail in light winds. The sessions are open to non-members and for sailors from the age of 8 years upwards. We use our Optimist or Topper dinghies (depending on age / weight). At the end of the sessions if you wish to continue we ask that you become members of the club (at very reasonable membership fees) and move up to the Club Night group, you are able to borrow a club boat for these improver sessions but preference will be given to new beginners using the club boats so start to think at that stage of obtaining your own boat. (Second hand Optimists and Toppers are in the region of £300 to £700 and depreciate very little)


IMG_0795  Junior sailing


Sail in Company at our Club Night on Friday evenings from the beginning of May with supported sailing.
This is a great opportunity for sailors of any ability to come and improve their skills. There will be qualified instructors or experienced sailors available to give tips and advice and a safety boat on the water for your reassurance. We look forward to seeing you on Friday evenings from May.


In addition to the ‘summer training’ we also provide ‘winter training’ in conjunction with the RYA Cymru Wales. This runs in January, February & October and club racing and open events generally run February to December.


If you would like to find out more or book a place please email: training@shotwicksailing.org


Volunteers wanted!

If you would be interested in helping out with the training then please let us know.
email training@shotwicksailing.org