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The Beach
Clevedon, BS21 7QU
United Kingdom

01275 875916



Clevedon Sailing Club is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised Training Centre for Sailing, Powerboating and shore based teaching. Courses will be conducted in the Bristol Channel or on the Marine Lake, so no matter what your ability or the weather our fully trained RYA instructors can get you on the water in a safe environment. The Club house with its glorious views overlooking Clevedon Bay with its Victorian pier stretching out into the Bristol Channel will be the base for most theory sessions.

Courses are listed below. Click here for details of upcoming courses. We can arrange training to suit your needs, please contact our Principal instructor Benedict Whybrow for further information.


The National Sailing Scheme

The RYA’s National Sailing Scheme is a series of two-day courses for those wanting to learn in dinghies. You can take these courses at any age, but under 16s should start learning through the Youth Sailing Scheme. By taking a course at Clevedon Sailing Club, a RYA recognised Training Centre; you can be assured of being taught by trained instructors using suitable boats and following the RYA’s syllabus.



Level 1 Start Sailing


An introduction to the sport, covering the minimum knowledge required to get afloat under supervision. It will give you a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background knowledge. Click here for dates for combined level 1 and 2.

Level 2 Basic Skills


Becoming a competent sailor in light winds with an introduction to sailing techniques and manoeuvres, rigging, launching, safety, capsize recovery and basic rules of the road. Click here for dates for combined level 1 and 2.


Seamanship Skills


How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat. This will teach you to sail in a seaman-like manner and make seamanship decisions in moderate conditions.


Day Sailing


Passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising, giving you a confident, safe approach to planning and executing a short cruise in a dinghy. Click here for dates

Sailing with Spinnakers


Everything you need to know about sailing modern three-sail boats. Teaches you how to use an asymmetric or symmetric spinnaker.


The Youth Sailing Scheme

RYA certificates are a significant achievement. Instructors sign off each skill as you complete it. Once completed, your certificate can be of use in other areas of your study or activities such as PE at school, or the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Children aged between 8 and 11 are able to take the Level 1 course, and once they are 12 they can take the Level 2 course. Their certificates will be endorsed to show that they must use boats only under the supervision of a responsible adult.



Youth Sailing Stage 1

A basic understanding of how a boat sails with some experience of steering and handling a boat.

Youth Sailing Stage 2

Develop a range of sailing skills and background knowledge you will be well on the way to being a confident small boat sailor.

Youth Sailing Stage 3

Rig and launch your boat and be able to sail in any direction. This course is equivalent to level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme.

Youth Sailing Stage 4

Gain the skills to sail a double-handed boat as crew or helm and solve a variety of problems afloat. (Optional if Stage 3 was taken in a double-hander)


The National Powerboat Scheme

The RYA’s National Powerboat Scheme is for those who use open powerboats for leisure or work, whether for their own sake or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue. The scheme comprises a series of practical courses which can be complemented by our navigation courses. Use them simply to increase your knowledge and confidence, or as a progression to the RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence which are recognised by maritime authorities worldwide. Most courses take place over two days. By taking your course at Clevedon Sailing Club you can expect to be taught by experienced, qualified instructors on seaworthy boats. Courses can be taken either onboard a centre’s boat or your own boat.



Powerboat level 1

This one-day course covers basic boat handling, safety and theory.

Powerboat level 2

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. The course will be taken on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Safety Boat Course

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, and for racing or training activities.
Prior to the course you will need to hold the RYA Level 2 Powerboat certificate.


Shore Based Courses

The navigation and seamanship theory courses are designed to complement the RYA’s practical training schemes. Whether you are a sailor or a motor boater, our shore based courses equip would-be and experienced skippers with enough knowledge, at least in theory, to go afloat and take charge of a yacht. The next logical step is to attend an RYA practical course to put these skills into practice.


Day Skipper

A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board, and if you are considering taking the Day Skipper practical course.