Cadet and Youth Training

Most of our youth courses take place during the summer holidays in July and August.  Our RYA Stage 1,2 is generally very popular and takes place over four intensive days. Early booking is advised for this course.

For younger students our Topper half -day courses have also proved very popular and great fun.

Topper 1: Ages 7-8 yrs informal fun sessions
Topper 2: Ages 8-10 RYA Stage 1
Topper 3: Ages 8-11 RYA Stage 1-2

Please check the OSC Calendar 2021 for dates.

To apply for courses see the Training Application Form or Contact: Training@orfordsail.org.uk or Telephone: Training Administrator, Mary Hackett 01394 450144/01359 250538

RYA Stage 1

A basic understanding of how a boat sails, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

None

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Full Days or 4 Half Days

COURSE CONTENT

Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic Sailing

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

Able to steer and understand basic principles

RYA Stage 2

A range of Sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Stage 1, basic knowledge and steering ability

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Full Days or 4 Half Days

COURSE CONTENT

Basic Sailing skills, ropework, collision avoidance

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles

RYA Stage 3

Rigging, launching and Sailing in any direction

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Up to and including the Stage 2 course

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Full Days or 4 Half Days

COURSE CONTENT

Rigging, launching and recovery, Sailing techniques, capsize recovery, Sailing theory

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

Able to launch and Sail a dinghy around a triangular course in moderate conditions

RYA Stage 4

Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm and solve a variety of problems afloat

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Up to and including Stage 3

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Full Days or 4 Half Days

COURSE CONTENT

Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and Sail a crewed dinghy around a triangular course in moderate conditions

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

More confident in Sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules

RYA Start Racing Course

The fundamentals of racing

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Sailing and knowledge to at least Stage 3 for under 16’s.

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Full Days or 4 Half Days

COURSE CONTENT

All the skills to start racing, including how to maximize boat speed.  How to Start and how to complete a course.

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

Able to take part in racing in good conditions.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

Powerboat Level 2 Training Course

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Age 12+

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Full Days

COURSE CONTENT

Boat handling and safety

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

To drive the club safety boats. The Ratio on this course is 3 students to 1 instructor per boat

RYA Staff Training Courses

Staff Training Courses

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Minimum of RYA Stage 4. Minimum Age 14+

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Full Days

COURSE CONTENT

How to teach sailing using the RYA method

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

To assist with instruction afloat during the Club Training programme

RYA Seamanship Skills

RYA Seamanship Skills Courses

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

Sailing Skills to Level 3 Standard

MINIMUM DURATION

2 Days

COURSE CONTENT

Launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances e.g. windward and leeward shores.
Stopping, reducing sail e.g. reefing. Recovering a man overboard. Anchoring. Towing. Rope work.

ABILITY AFTER COURSE

Able to handle a wide range of situations afloat.

Taster Sailing for Local Children

These sessions make sailing easier to access for local children aged 8 – 11.

We offer young people the opportunity to try out dinghy sailing in a safe structured environment. They experience the fun, teamwork and excitement that being on the water offers.

These informal sessions teach them all kinds of invaluable life skills and also provide much local knowledge.

Sailing develops independence, confidence, and creativity and provides opportunities for pupils to develop. OSC hopes to make strong connections with local families in the community.

All these sessions are organised by volunteers from within the Club.