Learn to Sail at TSC

If you want to learn to sail, our RYA courses are a great way to start.

Why Learn To Sail?

People join our learn to sail courses for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you want to learn a new skill, or perhaps you enjoy the outdoors and want to keep fit, or maybe you want to be part of a thriving, friendly club. Whatever your reasons, you’ll be welcome at Trimpley.


Learning to sail a Laser at Trimpley

Simply The Best

As a RYA Training Centre training courses are run by  RYA qualified instructors and coaches. This means you get a structured and refined course delivered to nationally set standards and you get a recognised qualification at the end of it. Add to this Trimpley’s own brand of friendliness and hospitality and you can be assured of a thorough and enjoyable introduction to the fantastic sport of sailing.


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Because Kids Learn Differently

While adults are taught at a 2 to 1 ratio, we keep kids in a group. We have loads of youth boats they can sail either on their own or buddy up. The group is led by an experienced Dinghy instructor, who will teach all the basics of sailing in lots of fun activities. Make sure you bring a spare change of clothes!


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Safety First

We want to make you feel comfortable so you can learn, challenge yourself and have fun; that’s why safety is our top priority. We have two fast response safety patrol boats that are equipped to deal with a wide range of incidents. We provide life jackets or buoyancy aids to keep you afloat, which are compulsory to wear. Our experienced instructors will keep you safe, and let you know what to do in an emergency.


What We Offer

Trimpley Sailing Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre, which means we can deliver the nationally recognised dinghy and power boating schemes.

Adult Sailing

  • Level 1 -Start Sailing

    A relaxed, enjoyable introduction to the basic practical elements of sailing, plus a little bit of (easy) theory.

  • Level 2 -Basic skills

    Builds on Level 1 to give you the essential skills to sail independently.

  • Level 3- Better sailing

    Improves on the skills gained in Levels 1 and 2, and gives you a taste of the Advanced Modules.

Learn More About The National Sailing Scheme

New club members are encouraged to get involved in racing; it’s very friendly and a fantastic way to develop your skills. We also run additional training sessions for club members.

Youth Sailing

  • Stage 1

    Gives you a basic understanding of how a boat sails, and some experience and handling the boat. The next stages complete your introduction in easy steps.

  • Stage 2

    By the end of this course you will have a range of sailing skills and background knowledge and be well on your way to becoming a confident sailor.

  • Stage 3

    Completing Stage 3 means you have the skills to rig and launch your boat and sail in any direction. You can regard yourself as a sailor, not a beginner!

  • Stage 4

    Stage 4 introduces sailing in larger double-handed boats as both helm and crew. Passing Stage 4 is a natural entry point into the Advanced Modules.

Learn More About The Youth Sailing Scheme

Once you join the club you can come to our fun-filled weekly sessions in the summer to let you practice what you’ve learnt and develop new skills. For the really keen, you can also get involved in our friendly racing, either on your own in with someone else.

Powerboat Training

  • Powerboat Level 2

    Also known as The National Powerboat Certificate, this course gives you the basic skills and background knowledge to safely handle a small powerboat.

Learn More About The Powerboat Scheme

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For Convenience

Courses run at weekends; most courses are 16 hours over 2 days and include club membership so you can keep practising even after your course is finished.


Sailing Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

The club is a charity with the purpose of promoting sailing in the local area, and we want everyone to be able to join in. Because we’re not a commercial venture, we can keep prices low.

The course fee’s cover instruction, all the essential kit and a temporary membership so you can practice what you’ve learnt. When you become a full club member you can enjoy our courses at even lower prices, plus hire our club boats for just a few quid.

Sailing Course Price List

Upcoming Course Dates

Our courses are pretty popular so it’s best to book early. For more info and to book email our training principle, Jonathan, at training@trimpleysailingclub.co.uk

  • Power Boat level 2_ New dates coming soon
  • 13-14th April 2019
    • Youth sailing – Stages 1 – No experience required!
    • Adult Level 1 – Start Sailing – No experience required
  • 22-23th June 2019
    • Youth sailing – Stages 1 – No experience required!
    • Adult Level 1 – Start Sailing – No experience required!
  • 21-22th September 2019
    • Youth sailing – Stages 1  – No experience required!
    • Adult Level 1 – Start Sailing – No experience required!
    • Adult Level 2 – Basic Skills – Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent experience

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Don’t Take Our Word For It

We think our courses are one of the best ways to learn to sail. Here’s what some of our past participants have to say about it:

  • Friendly club, lot’s of help and knowledge on hand, everyone should try it.
  • A great friendly place to learn & refresh sailing knowledge.
  • Wonderful to learn to sail with my 13-year-old son.
  • Great fun, and gave me the skill and confidence to start sailing, helping me to do something I have wanted to do for years but did not know where to start – would recommend it to anyone.
  • A great starter course – friendly and enjoyable.
  • A truly professional and friendly club that made my daughter and myself welcome. We have learnt a lot and will enjoy doing a lot more sailing with them.
  • Training in a very relaxed atmosphere where you can go at your own pace.
  • A really helpful & fun experience.