Learn to sail

PBSC has a very active Sailing School introducing and promoting sailing to people of all ages in a safe and friendly environment.  The club has an experienced and friendly group of volunteer RYA qualified instructors including Dinghy, Senior and Powerboat.

We are an RYA recognised training centre with OnBoard accreditation, allowing us to teach the following:

Dinghy

Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing, Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing

Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills

Dinghy Level 3 – Better Sailing

Dinghy Start Racing

Dinghy Seamanship Skills

Dinghy Sailing with Spinnakers

Powerboat

Level 1 – Start powerboating

Level 2 – Powerboat handling

Safety Boat Course

The club dinghies available for our courses and to members include RS Terra, Topper, Laser Pico, RS Feva, Laser 2000 and RS Vision.  Buoyancy aids and helmets are available for members on club courses.

OnBoard Cadets

The club is an accredited RYA OnBoard training centre, offering youth sailing programs, to promote activities in a safe, structured and fun environment.

Cadet OnBoard sessions will run on the following dates:

4th, 11th and 25th May;

1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th June;

13th and 20th July;

31st August

14th, 28th September;

5th, 12th, 19th October

Unless otherwise notified we will aim to be on the water at 10am for each session and will finish sailing activities by 1pm.

Sessions are open to all members aged between 8 and 17.  In order for Cadets to sail at the club they need to be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult who will also be a member.

These sessions will be run by RYA qualified instructors and will cover everything from basic sailing, understanding of weather and tidal conditions through to race training. Teaching will be tailored to the capabilities of the children in attendance, with all abilities catered for.  We have club boats available which include Toppers, RS Terra, RS Feva, Cadet, Laser Pico, Laser 2000 and RS Vision, but boat ownership is encouraged.

There will be a small charge of £30 for each cadet (£20 if you are using your own boat), which will cover the cost of all training sessions, an RYA training log book, and of course free use of the club’s boats for the On Board sessions. A sibling discount will be applied reducing the cost to £20 for second and subsequent children.  The first session for each cadet will be free so they can try before committing.

In addition to the coaching sessions there will be numerous opportunities for cadets to represent Pevensey Bay in competitive events with neighbouring clubs taking place on the following dates:

15th June, 20th July, 21st September and 12th October for interclub racing with Buzz Active.

14th July Junior Federation Cup at Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club.

Cadet cup races 1, 2, 3 on Saturday 10th August, Cadet cup races 4, 5, 6 on Saturday 17th August.

Other activities include an end of Summer Sailing Camp at Piddinghoe Lake on Saturday 31st August and 1st September, and Cadet Halloween Party  26th October

To book a place or discuss further please contact pbsctrainingadmin@pbsc.org.uk

Adult Beginners – Level 1 & 2

The course dates are Tues Evenings 6.30pm from the 21st May until the 16th July and Saturday afternoons at 2pm the 8th June until 29th June.  To enable people to meet other trainees and the volunteer instructors and helpers there is a ‘meet and greet’ evening on Tuesday 14th May from 6.30pm, there will be a light meal available to purchase and the bar will be open.

The cost of the course is £293 to non – members, which will include joining you to Pevensey Bay Sailing Club for the year, tuition from RYA trained instructors, use of the club boats and a buoyancy aid, logbook and certificates. By the end of the course trainees will be able to rig, launch and recover a dinghy, helm and crew a Sailing dinghy around a triangular course using all points of sail and safely deal with a capsize!   All whilst enjoying the full use of the club and its first-rate facilities.

To book a place or discuss further please contact pbsctrainingadmin@pbsc.org.uk

Adult – Level 3 & Improvers

These sessions will run on Thursday evenings from the May 2nd until 11th July at 6.30pm until late.  Sailors aged 18 and over need to have completed the level 2 as above, the aim will be to enhance your skills and gain more confidence on the water, techniques may include Seamanship Skills, i.e. launching and recovering in different circumstances, recovering a man overboard, Sailing with Spinnakers and Start Racing.

The cost is £60 with own boat of £100 when using club boats.

To book a place or discuss further please contact pbsctrainingadmin@pbsc.org.uk

Useful information reference the above training sessions:

Sailing is a physical activity, you need to be able to swim at least 25 metres and be confident in the water;

It’s fun;

We want to encourage you to use all the club facilities and develop your sailing ability;

Please sign the register at the beginning of the session and sign out when coming off the water;

Always wear an approved and properly fitted buoyancy aid while afloat;

There will always be safety boat on the water with you;

Please look after all the club equipment (boats, buoyancy aids etc.) that you use and return it to its home;

You will need sailing gloves, and either a wetsuit and sailing boots or tracksuit and trainers that you don’t mind getting wet, a light jacket or spray top is also advisable.

Sail only in the designated area given by the Senior Instructor of the day;

Attend the briefing and de-briefing at each session;

Plan to get wet;

We will award certificates for the different levels reached;

Please let us know if you cannot make a session as early as possible;

It’s all weather permitting!!

Windsurfing

There is tuition available on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm.  This is a club activity by an RYA instructor, we are very keen to get members on the club equipment available.

Please contact pbsctrainingadmin@pbsc.org.uk

Powerboat Training

Level 1, 2 and Safety Boat training is available in-house for club members only to support the sailing activities of the club.  If you are interested in doing any of these courses please contact pbsctrainingadmin@pbsc.org.uk

Contact information:

James Allerton – Cadet Coordinator

Karen Hilder – Sailing School Principal