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Barnt Green Sailing Club is an RYA Recognised Training Establishment and a RYA Champion Club.

If you haven't sailed before, or are feeling a little rusty, we regularly run training for both adult and junior beginners and improvers throughout the year, as well as race training for our youngsters.

A sailing course also makes a fantastic gift if you are looking for something a bit different. As an RYA training centre, we accept RYA gift vouchers in full or part payment for any of our courses. There are a range of gift vouchers you can buy online from the RYA shop or by calling the RYA order hotline on 02380 60 4132.

What happens first time? What next?

If you're new to the sport, normally you'll sail a small boat by yourself or with a friend, with an instructor nearby to show you the ropes and tell you all you need to know to get going. We cover all the theory you need, but there's no substitute for being on the water having a go.

What stuff do I need to wear?

You'll need some warm clothes, a pair of old trainers and a waterproof coat, as it's nearly always cooler on the water than on the shore. Whenever you're on or near the water, it's essential to wear a buoyancy aid. Barnt Green will lend you one of these. You only need to invest in your own sailing gear once you're sure you will become a regular sailor.

Can I go out on my own?

There are all sorts and sizes of boat to sail and Barnt Green has a wide variety of training boats as well as racing classes, both single handers and boats for two, even three people. During training courses we always go out as a group - even if you're sailing a boat by yourself.

Do I need to be able to swim/what if I can't swim?

Yes, it's helpful if you can swim, but most importantly of all, you need to be confident in the water. Everyone who goes sailing or windsurfing has to wear a buoyancy aid. It helps you float if you fall in and keeps you safe.

Will the boat capsize?

There is always a chance that the boat will capsize. But don't worry! - for your first few times the instructor will make sure it's easy for the boat to stay the right way up. Eventually you'll fall in and get wet though and you'll get plenty of practice in knowing how to right the boat and get sailing again.

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Last updated 11:57 on 6 August 2017

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