Training Course Index & Essential Information

You can make sailing what you want it to be – relaxing or high-adrenaline, sociable or secluded, on sheltered inland waters or on the open sea. Sailing is one of the most rewarding, healthy, outdoor activities you can take part in.

Sailing teaches youngsters self-reliance, inspires confidence and sociability. Sailing offers families the opportunity to have fun together, or to grab single-handed escapism from time to time!

Adult beginners' courses
Most training is comprised of a series of two-day courses enabling you to progress quickly from beginner to experts in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment. Hollowell Sailing is fully accredited with the RYA (Royal Yachting Association)


Tuesday Tasters

Course Type: Starter
Duration: One evening session
User child/youth/adult

Taster Sessions are a great way to get on the water for the first time.

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Back On The Water

Course Type: Beginner/Improver
Duration: Six evening sessions
User youth/adult

Had a break? Then welcome back to sailing - gentle reminder sessions.

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Adult 'Go Sailing'

Course Type: Beginner/Improver
Duration: Saturday Afternoons
User adult

The informal sessions will take place on eight occasions in the season.

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Ladies Fun Day

Course Type: All Levels
Duration: Saturday Afternoon
User adult

Always a good day and you are learning as well! - 10th Aug 12.00 til 16.30.

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Junior Start Sailing

Course Type: Starter
Duration: One evening session
User child/youth/adult

Getting a good start to learning to sail. All courses follow RYA Youth Stages

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Youth Dinghy Week

Course Type: All youth levels
Duration: Three days - summer
User child/youth

Tough three days - but still good fun!.

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Youth Windsurfing

Course Type: All youth levels
Duration: Two days - Summer.
User child/youth/adult

Not RYA Accredited but still a good starting course.

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RYA Dinghy Level One

Course Type: Starter
Duration: Two Days
User youth/adult

If you have never sailed before and want to learn then this is the course for you.

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RYA Dinghy Level Two

Course Type: Beginner
Duration: Two Days
User youth/adult

Try to get a bit of practice after your level 1, and then sharpen up your skills.

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RYA Dinghy Level Three

Course Type: Improver
Duration: Two Days
User youth/adult

Hone those skills learnt in Level 1 or Level 2 and try something new.

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RYA Powerboat Level Two

Course Type: Beginner
Duration: Two days
User youth/adult

ALL sailors / members are expected to do this course!

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RYA Safety Boat

Course Type: Beginner/Level Two
Duration: Two days
User youth/adult

A follow-on course (essential) for all PB2 holders.

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Dinghy Seamanship Skills

Course Type: Experienced
Duration: Two Days
User adult

Natural stage to follow after Level Two.

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Dinghy Start Racing

Course Type: Improver
Duration: Two days
User adult

Go through the fundamentals of getting off the start line and round the course.

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Sailing with Spinnakers

Course Type: Experienced
Duration: Two Days
User adult

Good opportunity to spend time with your crew - learning the ropes.

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Duty Officer (Race)

Course Type: Experienced
Duration: One Saturday
User adult

Learn how to run races and use the equipment at Hollowell.

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Duty Officer (Non-race)

Course Type: N/A
Duration: Four hours
User adult

Able to open and close the premises.

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Sailwave Training

Course Type: N/A
Duration: One evening
User youth/adult

IT session. All sailors should have a basic understanding of Sailwave.

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RYA First Aid

Course Type: N/A
Duration: One day
User youth/adult

RYA qualification bias to sailing.

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Race Rules Evening

Course Type: N/A
Duration: One evening
User All

Guest speaker followed by Q & A session.

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Training Course (Sailing) - Essential Information

Bookings - Courses and sessions should be booked and paid via our online booking system. Using the approprate page in WebCollect will also tell you the number of places available. For Dinghy courses the fee includes the certificate, logbook and handbooks where appropriate. Non-members are welcome subject to available places. Adult courses are open to anyone over the age of 12 years.

Information - There is a contact person for each section should you require further information. See relevant page. However, if you do have a general query please contact Alison Linnel who is our Training Principal.

Medical form – When the booking process is completed you will be given a form in which you can detail any medical conditions and emergency contacts. This form should be given to the supervising instructor on the first day of the course, and will be returned upon completion.

What to Bring

Food & Drink - Hot drinks will be available to buy from the galley. Saturday:- You will need to bring your own lunch. Sunday:- There should be normal galley staff on duty. You can order hot food before 10:30 or you can bring your own.

Equipment - Buoyancy aids and splash tops can be provided if required.

Course numbers - Please note that all courses require a minimum number of participants for them to run. In this unlikely event, we will provide a refund or offer an alternative suitable date.

Attendance – All courses are normally 9.30-16.30 unless otherwise agreed. Please be changed and ready by 0930. Do not underestimate how long it takes to get changed.

Security - Please make use of our secure lockers for your valuables (room for phones, wallet, purses etc). Clothes can be left on the benches.

Bad weather – We will always do our best to run the course, so if it’s raining or just general bad weather, the course will go-ahead. However we do reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the course.

Safety – As a recognised training centre we comply with all standards set out by the RYA. While sailing is a safe sport everything in life has an element of risk. We ask for your co-operation in complying with our club safety policy and listen to your instructors as they are here for your safety as well as helping to improve your sailing.