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Pevensey Bay Sailing School Training programme for 2018


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:


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


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 now 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 starting on Saturday 5th May:

  • 5th and 19th May
  • 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th June
  • 8th, 22nd, 29th September
  • 6th, 13th, 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.  Children under 8 maybe invited to take part at some cadet sessions by agreement with either the Sailing School Principal or Senior Instructor of the day.


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.


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 11 training sessions, a 2018 RYA training log book, and a 2018 PBSC Cadet Squad Top, and of course free use of the clubs 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:


Bay v Buzz Series

  • 9th June
  • 7th July
  • 4th August
  • 15th September

Zhik Cadet World Team Selector – Pevensey Bay Sailing Club

This year Pevensey Bay will host the Cadet Class Clemenson Nautilus Trophy.  This prestigious event has already attracted entries from across the UK and mainland Europe. We are expecting a fleet in excess of 50 boats so even if you’re not taking part it will be a fantastic spectacle.


There are a limited number of club Cadet boats available for use at the event and additional training sessions are available in the lead up  with Cadet World Championship Gold Fleet Sailor Sam Barr. There are further details of both events on the attached posters.


Junior Federation Cup – 15th July – Bexhill Sailing Club 

Following the Cadet’s success at Eastbourne last year we will be defending our title at Bexhill Sailing club in a new match racing format.


Pevensey Bay Cadet Cup 11th/18th August

Start and finish Sea Week 2018 with the Cadet Cup.  Races 1, 2, 3 on Saturday 11th August, Races 4, 5, 6 on Saturday 18th August.


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

Adult Beginners – Level 1 & 2

The course dates are Tuesday evenings from the 24th April through to the 17th July at 6.30pm until late.    To enable people to meet other trainees and the volunteer instructors and helpers there is a ‘meet and greet’ evening on Tuesday 17th April from 6.30pm, there will be a light meal available and the bar will be open.

The cost of the course is £285 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 19th April unit 12th 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

Adult Beginners – Level 1

The course will run across 6 Saturday afternoons in September/October, dates to be confirmed, a deposit of £30 is required.

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;

Its 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!!


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

Socials for the sailing school

End of Summer Sailing School BBQ on Saturday 7th July at 6.30pm

Cadet Halloween Party on Saturday 27th October at 6.30pm



Contact information:

James Allerton – Cadet Coordinator

Karen Hilder – Sailing School Principal pbsctrainingadmin@pbsc.org.uk