This is a beginners sailing course (RYA Stage 1 & 2) aimed at Juniors with little or no experience. The course will cover launching and recovery, sailing across the wind, turning around, steering and basic parts of the boat. By the end of the course the juniors should be able to sail across the wind, steer and understand the basic principles of sailing.
The course will be over 3 days, from 9.30am until 4.30pm on Saturday 28th May, Sunday 29th May and Monday 30th May.
In addition to enjoyment and learning new skills, safety is of paramount importance during Otley Sailing Club courses. Water sports can be hazardous by their nature and participants, parents or guardians must accept that there are risks and the inevitable bumps and scrapes which happen during the thrills and spills of fast moving activities. To manage the risks so far as we are able, Otley sailing club has a ‘safe system of work’:
- We used RYA qualified Instructors.
- We provide a range of safety equipment for participant’s comfort and safety.
- We teach to RYA recommendations and guidelines.
- We have robust management and safety systems which have been inspected by approved bodies such as the RYA.
- We will modify/cancel an activity if we feel that there are unmanageable risks.
- All Instructors on the course have had a DBS / Criminal Records Bureau Check and we have dedicated on shore and off shore team of helpers. We have first aiders on site at all times.
Please note that the Juniors will need the following:-
- All children must have a wet suit.
- Sailing boots or neoprene beach shoes need to be worn (or trainers that you don't mind getting wet). Crocs or similar are not suitable as they tend to be too slippy and fall off the kids feet too easily.
- All children will need a RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Log Book (This can be purchased from the club).
- A packed lunch, drinks and snacks to keep them going.
- Sun cream, towel and some dry warm clothes.
1, All cancellations must be in writing.
2, If required it is the trainees responsibility to obtain personal insurance with regard to cancellation.
3, If the trainee cancels more than 8 weeks before the start of the course, the Trainee will forfeit their deposit.
4, If the trainee gives less than 8 weeks notice of cancellation, but more than 2 weeks notice after payment of the balance of the course fee, 80% of the course fee will be retained by Otley Sailing Club.
5, If the trainee gives less than 2 weeks notice of cancellation after payment of the balance of the course fee, 100% of the course fee will be retained by Otley Sailing Club.
6, Requests from the Trainee to transfer to another course may only be made up to 4 weeks prior to the commencement of your original course start date and such requests are subject to course availability and payment of a 10% administration fee.
By Otley Sailing Club:
1, Every attempt will be made to ensure the course takes place. However, Otley Sailing Club reserves the right to cancel a course at any time if it believes on reasonable grounds that cancellation is necessary due to unsuitable conditions.
2, Otley Sailing Club reserves the right to cancel a course at any time if the number of Trainees fails to reach a workable minimum, such numbers to be determined by Otley Sailing Club.
3, In all other cases, weekend courses may be cancelled up to 3 weeks prior to the start date. Longer courses may be cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to the starting date.
4, If a course has to be cancelled, Otley Sailing Club will offer Trainees the following options:
4.1, a full refund of the course fee paid
4.2, an alternative course on the same date or a different set of dates
The Otley Sailing Club liability does not extend beyond points 1-4 above.
In addition to enjoyment and learning new skills, safety is of paramount importance on all Otley Sailing Club courses. Clearly, water sports and adventure activities are hazardous by their nature and participants must accept that there are risks and the inevitable bumps and scraps which happen during the thrills and spills of fast moving activities. To manage the risks so far as we are able, Otley Sailing Club has a 'safe system of work':
- we only use qualified experienced staff
- we provide a range of safety equipment for participants' comfort and safety.
- we provide safe equipment for your course.
- we teach to RYA recommendations and guidelines, in small groups.
- we have robust management and safety systems which have been inspected by approved bodies such as the RYA
- we reserve the right to modify or cancel an activity if we feel that there are unmanageable risks.
Our boats and instructors carry public liability insurance, however sailing is a challenging adventure sport and we do not offer cover for any courses in respect of cancellation, curtailment of your course or self-caused accident to yourselves or others, if you are worried about this we recommend that you take out personal insurance.