Training Course Index

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Learn to sail at Hollowell

We are a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Center and the courses are taught by fully qualified RYA instructors. Our instructors are all club members, volunteers who love teaching sailing or powerboating. This also helps keep our costs down which means we offer some of the best value training available.

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At the moment we are planning for a full year of training at HSC in 2021. Courses are bookable from the ‘Join & Book’ tab or through the pages below. Courses may be affected by COVID 19 rules imposed at the time. Contact the course administrator for further details.

At Hollowell Sailing Club we offer you a quick, easy and safe way to learn to sail or learn powerboat handling skills. We provide a range of courses covering all age ranges to help you progress and make the most of the time afloat, whatever your age, ability or aspirations.

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 Club is fully accredited with the RYA (Royal Yachting Association)


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!

Open Day - Sat. 15th May

  • Try Sailing. Come and spend the day with us. Enjoy a tour round our site and have a Taster Session with an instructor. All are invited.

Junior Start Sailing

  • Course type: Starter
  • Duration: Varies
  • User: child/youth
  • Getting a good start to learning to sail. All courses follow RYA Youth Stages

Tuesday Try sailing

  • 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.

Back On The Water

  • Course type: Beginner/Improver
  • Duration: Three sessions each of three evenings
  • User: youth/adult
  • Had a break? Then welcome back to sailing - gentle reminder sessions.

Ladies Fun Day

  • Course type: All levels
  • Duration: One Saturday
  • User: adult
  • Always a good day and you are learning as well!

Youth Squad

  • These Sunday sessions take the Juniors right through from Club Sailing, to local events and on to the RYA Zone squads

Youth Week (Dinghies)

  • Course type: All youth levels
  • Duration: Three days
  • User: child/youth
  • Tough consecutive three days - but still good fun!

Youth Week (Sailboards)

  • Course type: Beginner/Improver
  • Duration: Mon/Tue of Youth Week
  • User: Junior/Youth
  • First 2 day session of our Youth week.

RYA Dinghy Level One

  • Course type: Starter
  • Duration: Two days
  • User: youth/adult
  • Basic starter course for those who have never sailed before.

RYA Dinghy Level Two

  • Course type: Beginner
  • Duration: Two days
  • User: youth/adult
  • Try to get some practice after your level 1, and then sharpen your skills here.

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.

RYA Dinghy Seamanship

  • Course type: Experienced
  • Duration: Two days
  • User: adult
  • Natural stage to follow after Level Two.

RYA Start Racing

  • Course type: Improver
  • Duration: Two days
  • User: adult
  • Go through the fundamentals of getting off the start line and round the course.

RYA Sail 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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Windsurfing Taster

  • Course type: All levels
  • Duration: One day
  • User: youth/adult
  • Not RYA Accredited but still a good starter course.

RYA Powerboat Two

  • Course type: Beginner
  • Duration: Two days
  • User: youth/adult
  • ALL sailing members are expected to do this course!

RYA Safety Boat

  • Course type: Beginner/Level Two
  • Duration: Two days
  • User: youth/adult
  • A follow-on course (essential) for all PB2 holders.

Duty Officer (Race)

  • Course type: Experienced
  • Duration: One Saturday
  • User: adult
  • Learn how to run races and use the equipment at Hollowell.

Duty Officer (non-race)

  • Course type: N/A
  • Duration: Two hours
  • User: adult
  • Able to open and close the premises.

Sailwave Training

  • Course type: N/A
  • Duration: one evening
  • User: youth/adult
  • IT session. All sailors should have a basic understanding of Sailwave.

RYA First Aid

  • Course type: General
  • Duration: One day
  • User: youth/adult
  • The RYA course provides a working knowledge of life-saving and first aid skills for all persons who go afloat on inland waters.

Race Rules Evening

  • Course type: N/A
  • Duration: Evening lecture
  • User: All
  • Guest speaker followed by Q & A session.

Training   Calendar

  • A Google calendar with just our training course dates.

Course Information

  • Essential beginners information if you are on a sailing course.

To get in touch either send us an email or pop down to the club when we have activities happening (check the sailing programme).