Youth beginners' courses


During the first half of the sailing season the club runs a youth beginners course for our members children, their friends and junior members. The course provides an excellent introduction to sailing and no previous experience is necessary. It is open to juniors aged 11 to 16 years old and training is usually carried out in the clubs single handed topper sailing dinghies.


The course syllabus is:Sail training2

RYA Stage 1: A basic understanding of how a boat sails, with some experience of steering and handling the boat.

RYA Stage 2: A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor.

RYA Stage 3: Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme

RYA certificates are awarded provided the student meets the required standard and after the course students should be able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

For details see RYA website:


TSC Youth Beginner CourseSail training3

The course is run over eight sessions. The first two are at an inland venue and the others are held at Thornbury Sailing Club on the River Severn. Youth beginner courses use use single handed topper dinghies.

A shore day is held a couple of weeks before starting the course to familiarise students with the training boats, introduce the instructors, give some advice on what to wear for sailing and answer any questions you may have.

The club runs the youth beginner course for the benefit of its members so to participate in the course students must meet the following requirements:

  • youth beginner students must be family or junior club members or be sponsored by a full or family member of Thornbury Sailing Club;
  • parents, guardians or responsible adults acting in loco parentis ofyouth beginner students
  • a health and emergency contact information form must be completed.

The fee for youth beginners course is £55 which must be paid to confirm the booking (Need to be a member of Thornbury Sailing Club).

Please return a filled in Application Form to reserve a place or Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.