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Junior Courses

At Datchet Water Sailing Club we offer junior dinghy tuition for ages 7 to 15, for all abilities. Whether your child has never stepped in a boat before or has years of sailing behind them, there is something available. Our professional team of Instructors are all RYA qualified and courses are taught through a variety of fun sessions, exercises, and games, both on water and on land depending on the group and weather conditions.

If you any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on 017538 683872 or email sailing@dwsc.co.uk

Beginner & Improver Sailing RYA Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Learn to sail, improve skills and confidence on the water. A course for juniors who have either no previous sailing experience or have completed Stage 1. The course follows the RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus and works towards either Stage 1 or 2, whichever is most appropriate for your child. They will learn how to rig, launch & land, how to steer & basic boat handling, ropework, capsize drills and understand the basic principles of sailing. Teaching takes place on the water, on land and in the classroom depending on the group and weather conditions.

The Youth Sailing Scheme logbook is included in the course price as is the certificate however this is not guaranteed unless the course is successfully completed. Boat, wetsuit, spray top & buoyancy aid hire is also included.

Holiday courses.

Duration: 5 days.
Time: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 16:30 during Easter holidays, May half term, Summer holidays and October half term.
Pre-course requirements: No prior experience required or RYA Stage1, age 7 to 15.
Price: £295

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Term-time courses.

Duration: 6 Saturday mornings.
Time: Saturday 10:00 to 13:00. Spring, Summer and Autumn terms. These times coincide with the adult Level 1 course for parents who also want to learn to sail.
Pre-course requirements: No prior experience required or RYA Stage1, age 7 to 15.
Price: £180

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Saturday Sailing Club

Saturday Sailing Club provides an opportunity for Juniors who have completed either Stage 1, 2 or 3 to improve skills and confidence on the water. The session is all about getting out on the water and enjoying sailing while refining skills gained during the RYA Stage courses. Each term consists of 6 sessions. Teaching takes place on the water, on land and in the classroom depending on the group and weather conditions.

Boat hire, wetsuit, spray top & buoyancy aid hire is included.

Duration: 6 Saturday mornings.
Time: Saturday 10:00 to 13:00. Spring, Summer and Autumn terms.
Pre-course requirements: RYA Stage 1 2 or 3, age 7 to 15.
Price: £180

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Intermediate Sailing RYA Stage 3 and Stage 4

A course for juniors, who have completed either RYA Stage 2 or 3, to take their sailing to the next level. The course follows the RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus and works towards either Stage 3 or 4, whichever is most appropriate for your child. They will learn to sail a dinghy around a triangular course in moderate conditions using all of the 5 essentials, manoeuvres such as coming alongside and man overboard drills and how to avoid collisions. Teaching takes place on the water, on land and in the classroom depending on the group and weather conditions.

The certificate is included in the course price however this is not guaranteed unless the course is successfully completed. Boat, wetsuit, spray top & buoyancy aid hire is also included.

Holiday courses.

Duration: 5 days.
Time: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 16:30 during Easter holidays, May half term, Summer holidays and October half term.
Pre-course requirements: RYA Stage 2 or 3, age 7 to 15.
Price: £295

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Term-time courses.

Duration: 6 Saturday mornings.
Time: Saturday 10:00 to 13:00. Spring, Summer and Autumn terms. These times coincide with the adult Level 1 course for parents who also want to learn to sail.
Pre-course requirements: RYA Stage 2 or 3, age 7 to 15.
Price: £180

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Advanced Sailing RYA Advanced Modules

Learn to sail with spinnakers, improve seamanship skills or start racing. This course follows the RYA Advanced Modules and works towards one of the certificates each week.It covers a range of skills depending on the week that is booked, from sailing backwards to rigging spinnakers and startline tactics. Teaching takes place on the water, on land and in the classroom depending on the group and weather conditions.

The certificate is included in the course price however this is not guaranteed unless the course is successfully completed. Boat, wetsuit, spray top & buoyancy aid hire is also included.

Holiday courses.

Duration: 5 days.
Time: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 16:30 during Easter holidays, Summer half term, Summer holidays and October half term.
Pre-course requirements: RYA Stage 4, age 10+.
Price: £295

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20 Knot Squad

Datchet Water Sailing Club is an RYA British Youth Sailing recognised club. Our 20 Knot Squad program allows junior sailors to develop their sailing and racing skills, and encourages young sailors at a grassroots level as well as creating a pathway to British Youth Sailing Squads.

The 20kt Squad provides racing tuition and skill upgrade sessions to junior members who have already completed their RYA stage 3. Each term consists of 6 Sunday sessions. The course content is race orientated and tailored to the abilities of those in the group, from beginner racing up to advanced. The 20kt Squad take part in several events over the year as a group, it's a great place to meet like-minded sailors and sail regularly.

Parents are encouraged to stay for these sessions and get involved where they can.

Duration: 3-hour sessions, across 6 Sundays. Sessions are paid for as a block and cannot be bought individually.
Time: Sunday from 13:30 to 16:30 in Spring, Summer & Autumn terms. Winter term sessions 10:30 to 13:30.
Pre-course requirements: Either an RYA stage 3 certificate or equivalent experience and DWSC membership.
Price: £180 with club boat hire. £100 without club boat hire.

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Datchet Jets - New for 2022

Datchet Jets is for anyone who has completed stage 3 and above and would like to continue to develop their sailing skills.This group will balance fun and learning; with the main focuses being basic racing principles and enjoying their time on the water. Sailors will develop old and learn new skills to help them form a solid foundation of racing knowledge which can then be built on in the future.

Duration: 3-hour sessions, across 6 Saturdays. Sessions are paid for as a block and cannot be bought individually.
Time: Saturday from 13:30 to 16:30 in Spring, Summer & Autumn terms.
Pre-course requirements: RYA Stage 3 or equivalent and DWSC membership.
Price: £180 with club boat hire. £100 without club boat hire.

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Junior mile builder sessions

For juniors stage 2 and above, these sessions are the perfect opportunity to get on the water in between RYA courses to develop skills already learned and start to work towards the next step under the guidence of an RYA instructor.

Duration: 3-hour sessions 09:30-12:30 over the summer holiday. Each session needs to be booked individually and you are welcome to attend any number you like.

Pre-course requirements: Stage 2 and above and over the age of 7
Price: £25 per session

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Optimist Flotilla

A winter training series for racing optimists. Training is provided by specialised external race coaches. To participate in this training, sailors must qualify to do so by regular racing in the area, please contact the office for further details.

Duration: 7-weekend sessions between October & April.
Pre-course requirements: Sailors must qualify for this training and hold DWSC membership.
Price: £435.

Booking for 2021 will open in October.


Private tuition

From beginner to expert, personal tuition is one of the most effective ways to develop your skills and get results. Available in 2-hour sessions our instructors will help you work on the things you want to improve at your pace.

Duration: 2-hours
Time: Please complete the enquiry form to arrange a suitable time.
Price: £90 non-member 1:2:1 tuition, £80 member 1:2:1 tuition, additional students are charged at £30 per person.
Private tuition is available in club boats for members however boat hire is not included in the cost.

To book please fill out an enquiry form. Let us know what you'd like to achieve and we will contact you with availability.
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Last updated 12:04 on 9 June 2022

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