BCYC RYA Training Courses

Watersports at Cheddar Reservoir

BCYC is based at Cheddar Reservoir, and is a recognised Training Centre and Champion Club certified by the Royal Yachting Association, the governing body for sailing in the U.K.

We have a team of RYA qualified Instructors (Dinghy, Windsurf and Powerboat Instructors) which enables our club to offer a variety of taster sessions and training courses for adults and juniors.  Training at the club is overseen by the RYA Principal, John Allen, and coordinated by Dinghy Chief Instructor Karen Turner and Powerboat Chief Instructor Charles Richardson.

We offer to members and non-members:

  • Adult RYA sailing courses - Start Sailing, Level 1; Basic Skills, Level 2
  • Youth RYA sailing courses - Stage 1; Stage 2; Stage 3; Stage 4; Advanced.
  • Improver Sailing, Social Sailing and Start Racing Training for adults and juniors
  • Pay and Play training and taster sessions for adults and juniors
  • Junior Club (8-11) and Youth (12+) training and improver sessions

Other Courses at Cheddar Watersports include:

Booking sessions at Cheddar Reservoir

Online booking is available by following the links for the courses listed below.
Please book as early as possible as dates fill up quickly.
All course prices include the use of all equipment, wetsuit and buoyancy aid.

Use of BCYC hire craft and facilities

BCYC has a fleet of hire craft - sailing dinghies, windsurfers, kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs). Members who are RYA Level 2 Qualified can hire the club sailing dinghies. Other club equipment (kayaks, windsurfers, SUPs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids) is available for hire by club members. Contact boats@bcyc.org.uk

Here are the courses we offer:

Taster Session - A two hour sailing session costing £60 per person.  Suitable for all ages.  Date and time arranged at your convenience.
Contact training@bcyc.org.uk

One-on-one Lesson (Pay and Play)  £120 for members or £160 for non-members for full day - date arranged at your convenience.  Suitable for all ages.
Contact training@bcyc.org.uk

Five Day RYA Level 1&2 Course for Adults - Starts 29th April 2017

This five day course is on Sat 29th April, Sun 30th, Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday), plus the following weekend Sat 6th and Sun 7th May.

This course is aimed at new members to the club, or members returning to sailing and wanting a refresher course and to meet fellow members.

Cost £150 for members or £280 for non-members (includes 1 year BCYC membership).

Book Here

RYA Level 1 Courses - suitable for adults

The RYA courses cost £60 per day per person for members and £80 per day per person for non-members.  If RYA logbooks or handbooks are required, these cost £7 each. 

 RYA Start Sailing (Level 1) 

  • A101 Sat 25th March and Sun 26th March: Book Here
  • A102 Mon 3rd April, Tue 4th April, and Wed 5th April (with intro to Level 2): Book Here
  • A103 Sat 3rd June and Sun 4th June: Book Here
  • A104 Sat 8th July and Sun 9th July: Book Here
  • A105 Mon 24th July, Tue 25th July and Weds 26th July (with Intro to Level 2): Book Here

RYA Sailing Basics (Level 2)

Courses are three days and are scheduled according to demand (same prices as above) Please Register Interest Here and you will be contacted when courses are being scheduled

RYA Courses and 3-day family sailing weeks are run during Summer Holidays.

Parents are encouraged to learn to sail at the same time as their children or help out on and off the water.

3 day Summer Holiday Courses For Adults

All three day courses cover RYA Level 1 and introduction to Level 2.  Cost £180 for members and £240 for non-members.  If RYA logbooks or handbooks are required, these cost £7 each.   Note - Level 2 course and certification will be provided according to demand. Contact training@bcyc.org.uk to discuss requirements.

3 day Summer Holiday Courses For Children Aged 8+

Three day courses cover RYA Youth Sailing scheme Stage 1 to 4 Cost £150 for members and £180 for non-members.  If RYA logbooks or handbooks are required, these cost £7 each.

  • Mon 31st July - three days - Stage 1&2 - J106: Book Here
  • Mon 7thAugust - three days - Stage 3&4 - J107 - Full - Join Wait List Here
  • Mon 14thAugust - three days - Stage 1&2 - J108: Book Here
  • Mon 21stAugust - three days - Stage 3&4 - J109: Book Here
  • Tue 29th August - three days - Stage 3&4 - J110: Book Here

Adult Improvers, Social Sailing and Start Racing

Held on the second Saturday of each month, the BCYC improvers meet for free coaching and advice from experienced BCYC members, RYA coaches and instructors. These ad hoc sessions vary in size and will focus on all aspects of improving sailing, with the emphasis on having fun and being social on and off the water.

Junior and Youth Sailing for BCYC members

Optimist, Topper and RS Tera dinghies are available for junior and youth members to go sailing.

Friday Night Club - run by parents, supported by RYA Coach.  All ages £5 a session payable on the night.

Junior Club (8-11) starts on Saturday 3rd Jun for eight weeks. These are half day MORNING sessions to introduce youngster to sailing. Parents are encouraged to help out and get involved with the sailing activities. Cost is £40 for the 8 week session.

Youth Sailing (12+) starts on Saturday 10th June for eight weeks. These are half day AFTERNOON sessions. Parents encouraged to assist, cost is £40 for the 8 week session.

Older and more experienced sailors can gain their RYA qualifications from Saturday afternoon sessions according to demand. Contact training@bcyc.org.uk for further information

Contact: John Allen, RYA Principal, training@bcyc.org.uk, +44 (0)7971 558715

The club safety boat training takes place on the first Saturday of each month. Additional RYA powerboat courses are provided to meet demand from the members. For more details go to the BCYC Powerboat webpage  HERE. To book your place on the next available club safety boat course please e-mail pbtadmin@bcyc.org.uk

BCYC is one of the most successful windsurfing clubs in the country - For more details of taster sessions, training and how to get started, go to the club windsurfing page  HERE

RYA OnBoard for Schools, Colleges and Groups
Onboard offers a structured sailing package for schools colleges and youth groups. Please go to the club Onboard webpage for more details HERE

RYA Dinghy Instructor Course
Training is delivered by club members who hold the RYA "Dinghy Instructor" certificate. If you are over 16 and interested in becoming a Dinghy Instructor please contact training@bcyc.org.uk

Assistant Dinghy Instructors
Gain experience instructing by becoming an "Assistant Dinghy Instructor". The ADI qualification involves a day of instruction and then 20 hours of "on the job" training with a DI whilst assisting with the club training. Contact training@bcyc.org.uk

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