Priory Sailing Club has a very impressive record for junior training and has introduced hundreds of young people to dinghy sailing and windsurfing. The organised training programmes, and the club resources made available to junior members, have encouraged many young sailors to become more independent, confident and resilient individuals, helped them gain qualifications enabling some of them to become instructors themselves, and started some on a journey that has led them to compete at the highest level.
All this has been achieved through a partnership between the club’s instructors and coaches and the children’s parents.
The club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre and holds RYA On Board status in recognition of the quality and quantity of our training programmes.
All our junior training courses are run by volunteer instructors and are free to club members. Any young person can join the club as an Independent Junior member – see the New Members tab for more details.
For dates and times of the various courses please see our separate booking forms below.
PSC’s junior dinghy training scheme is open to all children wishing to learn to sail. It gives young people the chance to try sailing in a safe, structured and fun environment. We have designed a pathway of courses to develop their skills and confidence – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 !
1. Starting Out – Beginner Pirate courses
The starting point for novice sailors is the Beginner Pirates course. This four week course introduces the young sailors to the sport where they will learn how to rig their craft, steer their own boat to sail a simple course and return to shore safely. Taught in small groups this is the ideal way start sailing.
Priory Sailing Club runs Beginner Oppie Pirates courses for the younger sailors (from age seven) using small boats especially designed for this age group (Oppies!) and also offers several Beginner Topper Pirates courses for the slightly older children using slightly bigger boats (Toppers!).
On successful completion of the Beginners course young people can progress to the next level – the Advanced Pirates course.
2. Consolidating their skills – Advanced Pirates courses
This four week course will develop their skills and their confidence, learning new techniques to enable them to sail more complex courses and making them more independent as sailors. They will learn about many aspects of the sport with safety and decision making key to their sailing development.
On successful completion of the Advanced Beginners course young people can progress to the next level by joining the Buccaneer group. They may also be in a position to sail independently i.e. outside of the coached sessions, providing the conditions are suitable.
For further assistance regarding this course, and to check availability, please telephone – Dave Ager on 07840 070049.
3. New for 2023 – Elite Oppie Pirates courses
This four week course is for our Advanced Oppie sailors.
4. Regular sailing – Buccaneers –
These sessions are run on Sunday afternoons and cater for a wide range of abilities. Some sailors will have just completed the Advanced Pirates course whilst others may have sailed for some time. The experienced coaching team will provide training activities to develop everyone in the group.
The 2023 Programme
Beginner Topper Pirates – four sessions on consecutive weeks
- Course 1 – starts Saturday 3rd June (1.30pm – 4.00pm)
- Course 2 – starts Sunday 11th June (1.30pm – 4.00pm)
- Course 3 – starts Saturday 2nd September (1.30pm – 4.00pm)
Beginner Oppie Pirates – four sessions on consecutive weeks
- Course 1 – starts Saturday 3rd June (1.30pm – 2.45pm)
- Course 2 – starts Saturday 3rd June (3.00pm – 4.15pm)
- Course 3 – starts Saturday 2nd September (1.30pm -2.45pm)
Advanced Topper Pirates – four sessions on consecutive weeks
- Course 1 – starts Sunday 7th May (1.30pm – 4.00pm)(Extra week 4th June)
- Course 2 – starts Saturday 8th July (1.30pm – 4.00pm)
- Course 3 – starts Sunday 9th July (1.30pm – 4.00pm)
Advanced Oppie Pirates – four sessions on consecutive weeks
- Course 1 – starts on Saturday 6th May (2.00pm – 4.00pm)
- Course 2 – starts on Saturday 1st July (2.00pm – 4.00pm)
- Course 3 – starts on Sunday 3rd September (2.00pm – 4.00pm)
Elite Oppie Pirates – four sessions on consecutive weeks
- Course 1 – starts on Sunday 7th May (2.00pm – 4.00pm)(Extra week 4th June)
- Course 2 – starts on Sunday 18th June (2.00pm – 4.00pm)