Training at HLSC

 

RYA-RTC logo Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club is an officially recognised RYA Training Centre. It is also part of the RYA’s OnBoard Training Scheme that has been introduced to bring more young people into the sport of sailing.

The Club’s aim is to provide support and training for:

• People (whatever their age) entering the sport

• Members learning basic racing skills.

• Members to fulfil their best racing performance

• Members to train, coach, mentor & support others.

 

The club offers a range of opportunities to its members to develop their skills mainly by way of informal coaching and buddying with some of our more experienced sailors.  We do run the occasional formal training course which are targeted at adults who are new to the sport on our Start Sailing course (RYA Level 1) and youngsters starting out in the sport (RYA Youth Sailing Scheme – Stage 1).

Our training courses are tailored to provide an introduction to dinghy racing as this is the club’s key activity.  So our courses are focussed on helping you to take the first steps to participating in our club’s dinghy racing.

 

In order for you to make sure that sailing is something you enjoy we would ask that those new to the sport to first come along and have a Taster Session (which normally lasts for about 1½ hours) for which there is a charge of £15.

If you wish to arrange to come for a Taster Session please e-mail your contact details (ideally including your mobile phone number) off to us at training@hlsc.org.uk.  We run taster sessions from time to time depending on the interest shown and also when there is a suitable ‘slot’ in our club’s other activities. Normally we arrange for these taster sessions to be held on Sunday mornings.  If you are contacting us about having a taster session then letting us know your most suitable dates would greatly assist us.

 

The Club provides the necessary equipment such as training boats and buoyancy aids. Whilst we do charge for coming on our training courses, our costs are kept down by club members giving up their time to instruct on these courses for no payment, as they are just keen to encourage others to take up a sport that they themselves thoroughly enjoy.

For details of the dinghies we use on our training sessions, please look towards the bottom of the What Can I Sail page in the Sailing section of the website.

 

 

This Girl Can

Sailing is a sport that’s female-friendly and at HLSC we have proved that sailing can be one of the most fun, liberating and confidence-building sports that you could try.  So come along and dip your toe in the water with us.

 

 

 

 

Adult Beginners
Whilst these courses are for those who are new to the sport we ask that you first have a Taster Session with us so that you know that sailing is something you are going to enjoy.  As well as being for our own club members, these courses are open to those seriously considering taking up dinghy racing (as well as becoming club members).

We only run the occasional formal training courses and the dates of both of the two Start Sailing courses for this year have already passed.  However if, following your Taster Session, you feel the need to follow it up with some training sessions then we can arrange for you to go on an RYA Start Sailing course (Level 1).

We can provide you with much more information about this course when you come along for your Taster Session.

Our Start Sailing course covers how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering.  Hopefully, by the end of the course, you should, all being well, be able to sail in light winds under supervision.  In other words completing the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Level 1 Start Sailing course.

If you take to the sport, then for those who have commenced the process of applying for membership of Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club we would be proposing that following the Start Sailing course you come along to our Friendly Friday sessions which are held every Friday evening during the summer months.  As a member of HLSC if you are pro-active then you should be able to get further assistance/guidance from your fellow club members so as to enable you to gain the confidence to be able to helm and make decisions in good conditions.  You could then have a direct assessment from one of our instructors to confirm that you have the necessary ability to enable you to hire one of our club boats.  However, don’t forget, that as most of our boats are two handed boats then crewing opportunities are nearly always available; the perfect and inexpensive way to introduce yourself to the sport.  You do not need to have any direct assessment to go out as a crew,

 

Junior Beginners
Whilst these courses are for those who are new to the sport we ask that you first have a Taster Session with us so that you know that sailing is something you are going to enjoy.  As well as being for our own club members, these courses are open to those seriously considering becoming club members.

We only run the occasional formal training courses and the dates of both of the two Start Sailing courses for this year have already passed.  However if, following your Taster Session, you feel the need to follow it up with some training sessions then we can arrange for you to go on an RYA Stage 1 course.

We can provide you with much more information about this course when you come along for your Taster Session.

Following the completion of your Stage 1 course we can also arrange for you to join in with our Junior Fun Club which will help you get a basic understanding of how to get a boat sailing with some experience of steering and handling the boat plus have learnt a range of sailing skills to help in becoming a confident sailor.

 

During 2017 we will also be running the following courses (which are for our own club members):

Beginners’ Racing/ Race Coaching
This is intended to build on skills required to enjoy club racing, including how to maximise boat speed and outwit your opponents!

Get Racing
Encourage the attendees from the Beginners’ Racing / Race Coaching group to sail shorter courses in Mirrors, Picos or Optimists (for our youngsters) and RS Visions or GP14s (for our adults), or to crew for a senior member.

Junior & Youths Coaching Week
To enable our younger members to gain a week’s coaching so as to boost their confidence and improve their boat handling skills in a fun environment.

OnBoard Activities
Link with the local schools for an introduction to sailing over eight sessions.    Youngsters interested in learning more, following these sessions, can join our other training events.

Powerboat Level 2 training
This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat

Safety Boat Certificate training
This two-day provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies or for racing or training activities.

For club members, please contact the committee for further details:
Training Principal – Steve Caladine
Sailing Scheme Chief Instructor – Rhiann Bramwell
Powerboat Chief Instructor – Steve Hall
Rana Din
Dave Kay
Tom Murphy
Dave Smith (Welfare Officer)
Oliver Whitehead

 

 

Child Protection at HLSC
HLSC recognises that the safety and welfare of children at the club is paramount and that all children, whatever their age, gender, disability, culture, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, social status or sexual identity, have a right to protection from abuse.

Please click here to read the Child Protection Policy and Procedures – rev 03-14 dated 4 March 2014 and HLSC Code Of Conduct.