Learn to Sail at ESSC

Learn to sail with our Sailing Academy and join the club!

You’ll be using a great mix of dinghies, beginning with sailing with an instructor and leading up to navigating on your own around a full sailing course. As well as its highly practical ‘hands on’ sessions, the programme includes sailing theory and a controlled capsize recovery, and all sailing has a rescue boat in attendance.

COVID Update – 2020 Training Dates

Our club is currently closed to comply with the government restrictions around COVID-19 and we have yet not had any timeframes as to when we can re-open the club.

We currently only have capacity to run a single training course a year as all our instructors are volunteers and give up their time freely around their own personal commitments. This allows us to put all our training resources into the course to give the class the best possible experience during the course and continuing support through the rest of the year.

Unfortunately, we rely on our open day in May to fill the course. Not only does it make running the training financially viable, it gives students a support group of people at the same level and allows everyone (students and instructors) to get the best out of the course.

Our open day this year has now been cancelled and as such we have taken the decision to cancel the training scheduled for June as we currently do not currently have the number of students to enable us to run a course.

We understand that this is disappointing news for you (as it is for us). We hope you would consider caring your training over to 2021.

Click here to register your intrest in our 2021 training course.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £380. This coveres the following…

  • 6 days of training upto RYA Basic Skils (RYA Level 2)
  • Course materials
  • Certification
  • 1 years individual membership of the club from the start of your course
  • Free use of the club boats for your 1st years membership

How to sign up

  1. Read the Fitness Requirements for Training and complete our Training Booking form
  2. Transfer you deposit or full amount and complete the Bank Transfer Notice
  3. We will then confirm your place on the course.
  4. Tell your friends of your exciting news.
  5. On the Wednesday evening we will get you to complete our standard club membership form and training information form for the course.

FAQS:

Is there a level of fitness required?

In general, sailing is a fantastic sport which is accessible to all people regardless of their disabilities or levels of fitness across the UK.
However, Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club does not have any slipway access and uses adult single handed boats for training. As such a good level of fitness is required. This can be compared to walking up and down a shingle beach carrying bags unaided and climbing out of a swimming pool without the use of a ladder.
If you are concerned about your ability to complete this course please arrange a chat with one of our instructors before booking onto the course. Due to the limited availability of this course we are unable to offer refunds should you choose not to complete the course.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, providing you reach the correct standard you will get a RYA certificate. 

What if I can’t make one of the dates?

We would like you to plan to attend all the course dates as you will learn something new every day. However, if you are ill one day we will do our best to catch you up with the rest of the group.
We may not be able to qualify you if you do not attend all the days

Can I do the course without becoming an academy member?

No, we believe the academy membership is not only a very cost effective way learn to sail, it gives you everything you need for your 1st year. 

What if I don’t get to the relevant standard by the end of the course?

Luckily this does not happen often as we will work with you throughout the course. However, in some cases some people do not meet the RYA standards. If this happens, we will discuss the options of continuing your training at a later date or what you need to do for your self development. 

What do I need to bring with me on the first day?

As a minimum you will need some clothing that will get wet, and a set of dry clothes to change in to. A wetsuit or similar sailing clothing is ideal. However, we appreciate that you may not wish to invest in new equipment straight away. The club does have a number of wetsuits you can borrow but our range is limited so it is a good idea to bring some tracksuit bottoms, cotton T-shirt and sweatshirt and if you have them, a wind proof jacket and trousers will keep you warm. Also remember your swimming costume and towel. You will also need some shoes that you don’t mind getting wet that are comfy and cover all of your foot. The sun is also more powerful on the water so I would recommend always applying a good waterproof sun cream of at least SPF 30.

What about safety?

We have an excellent safety record at the club. Ensure you listen to the briefing at the start of the sessions and safety advice throughout the course. Should you wish to we can provide helmets to help protect your head. However, sometimes accidents do happen, however, one of your instructors will always be a qualified first aider. There will also always be a supporting motorboat on the water whenever you’re sailing. If you are not sure or have any questions on the day please ask. If you get cold during a session please let us know.

What time do we start and finish?

The lessons will start at 10am and finish around 5pm. We will normal have a break for lunch about 1pm. However the instructor might want to discuss the morning or afternoon session with the group over lunch so please don’t disappear.

What if the weather is bad?

The weather may be different down the club than it is at home so always assume you will be sailing. There are some days where it will not be possible to sail, however, the course does involve some theory so there will still be lots to learn, though we might finish early if it is not possible to get on the water.

What about food and drink?

The clubs galley has a range of hot and cold food and drink available, however it may not always be open as it is purely volunteer run. We suggest bringing your own lunch and drink to ensure you have something to eat. 

What should I do if I have a medical condition or I am not a very good swimmer?

Contact the training officer  in the first instance and we will be able to advise you personally. The course does involve some swimming but you will be in a buoyancy aid at all times. It’s always a good idea to let you instructor know at the start of the day.