Sailing is a lot of fun and a fantastic way to make friends. So if your child hasn't tried sailing yet, why not encourage them to give it a try? Helping to get enthusiastic young people onto the water safely is one of our passions. And we also want to encourage them to be the best that they can be. So we have an active and well supported training programme for junior sailors.
Barnt Green Sailing Club was one of the first within the UK to achieve the status of RYA Champion Club.
To maintain this status the facilities and training at the club are regularly reviewed, and are also inspected by the RYA. We are committed to supporting the RYA Youth Classes (including Cadets, Optimists and Lasers), to running race training courses and to increasing the numbers of qualified instructors and racing coaches.
Our training programme includes courses during the school holidays and then regular practice sessions from 10 to 12 on Sunday mornings. The junior training courses follow a formal RYA syllabus (click
here for details) and are run by qualified instructors.
Please note that our courses are not a holiday club and a responsible adult (assuming parental responibility) MUST remain at the club all the time that the children are present. This is to ensure that all children are happy, fed and warm throughout the day and that we fulfil our child protection responsibilities.
Our sunday morning sessions are less formal and allow the kids to practice what they have learned under watchful supervision of a safety boat. The more confident juniors then join in the first race with the adults on Sunday afternoon.
Our juniors join together with other IOCA Midlands clubs over the winter for Optimist training. We are regularly represented at the Midlands Zone Championships with many sailors being selected for places in zone and national squads over the last few years. The instructors and coaches will be able to advise on a suitable pathway through the RYA system for your youngster during our training.
We can offer places to both club members and non-members and there is a discount of £40 on membership fees if you decide to join the club within 3 months after taking one of our courses.
Last updated 11:12 on 1 August 2021