The course runs on Saturday afternoons from 1pm until around 5pm. 1pm is dressed, boats rigged and ready to go on the water. 5pm is a rough estimate as it varies due to the kids having food and drink when they come ashore.
Beginners Course dates are as follows
20th March – 2pm Introduction meeting and course registration at the club. This usually lasts around an hour. We show you around the club, run through the course and also the kit your cadet will need to be wearing on the day. You will need to bring your course fee and also be family members of the club on this day. You can submit your club membership online here
2nd April – Session 1
9th April – Session 2
16th April – Session 3
23rd April – Session 4
30th April – Session 5
7th May – Session 6
14th May – Session 7 – Final Session & Awards Group 1
21st May – Session 1
28th May – Session 2
4th June – Session 3
11th June – No Oppie Cadets – Open Meeting at Club
18th June – Session 4
25th June – Session 5
2nd July – Session 6
9th July – Session 7 – Final Session & Awards Group 2
After the last session your cadet is invited to join the improvers group for the rest of the season. This runs at the same time on a Saturday afternoon. There is no additional charge for this during the year that they have undertaken the course, but your cadet will need their own boat. If it becomes apparent during the course that this is something that you would like to do then please speak to me and I will help as best I can to find a boat. Boats for improvers would cost in the region of £200-400. Boats of this value and age don’t depreciate any further, so if you do buy a boat then it would easily be able to be resold within the club for the same value should you decide to move on or up.
We will run through the clothing to be worn at the introduction meeting, but it should consist of a full wetsuit, wetsuit boots, wetsuit gloves, spray top and buoyancy aid. As the water will still be cold at this time of year and the weather has the potential to be very cold, you shouldn’t underestimate the amount of layers your cadet will need to wear. If you don’t already know I run the sailing shop in Axminster www.coastwatersports.co.uk so I can advise / sell the kit you will need and you will get an extra 10% off the online prices.
Intermediates & Improvers
Cadets who completed the course last year are all invited to join the improvers and intermediate courses running this year.
They will be split into 2 groups according to their ability but roughly, those who completed their course in September and haven’t sailed since will be in the improvers group and then those more competent ones from the first group last year will be in the intermediates.
The only hurdle is that they need their own boats to participate.
If you are looking for a boat then keep an eye out on ebay here with this search and also on Apollo Duck here
For a first boat you should be looking to spend a couple of hundred pounds. I am on the lookout for boats too and if I find any I will let you know.
For those with their own boats they need to be in a seaworthy condition, be fully insured and have the following: a bailer, buoyancy bags (which work), a bow bumper and an 8.5m floating painter. If you need any help or advice then please ask.
The course will start on 2nd April and run until the 14th July with a weekend off on the 11th and 12th June. It will restart in September and run until at least the end of the month.
The course fee is £50 for the year.
If you haven’t already done so please sign your cadets up for this course here