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Junior Club 2017
For 2017, TSSC is embarking on an ambitious programme of Junior Club sessions throughout the sailing season from Easter to October.
Working with our senior instructor, the sessions will cover all aspects of dinghy sailing using the club boats with a training boat on the water for each session, so small groups will have the advantage of trying out techniques in complete safety.
Most sessions will run from approx 1.00pm
to 4.30pm and of course is dependent on weather conditions.
With the introduction of an advance session
booking system, there’s no excuse for not
taking part! …….
Junior club Information
Your questions answered here...
What Can I learn at Junior club?
As an RYA Training Centre we run a range of Youth courses
RYA Stage 1-4
RYA Seamanship Skills Sailing with Spinnakers
RYA Start Racing
What happens first time? What next?
Normally you’ll sail a small boat by yourself or with a friend, with an instructor nearby. You get in the boat and they show you what to do. In a nutshell, they show you the ropes and tell you all you need to know to get going. They make everything easy to understand and get you ready to have a go.
What stuff do I need to wear?
Basically, you’ll need some warm clothes, a pair of old trainers and a waterproof coat, as it’s nearly always cooler on the water than on the shore. Whenever you’re on or near the water, it’s essential to wear a buoyancy aid. The sailing club will lend you one of these and a wetsuit as well if you need one.
How wet will I get?
If the wind is light or you’re in a more stable steady boat then you’ll only get a few splashes. However, if it’s windy in a boat that’s closer to the water, you’ll probably get quite wet. This is when a wetsuit is a good choice – because it helps to keep you warm even when you’re soaking wet.
Can I go out on my own?
As you can imagine, there are all sorts and sizes of boat to sail. Some that are just are for one only and others you can sail with your mates. We always go out as a group - even if you’re in a boat by yourself.
Do I need to be able to swim/what if I can’t swim?
Everyone who goes sailing has to wear a buoyancy aid – even if they’re a cross channel swimmer! It makes you float if you fall in and keeps you safe. Yes, it’s helpful if you can swim, but most importantly of all, you need to be confident in the water.
Will the boat turn over?
There is always a chance that the boat will blow over (capsize). But don’t worry! - for your first few times the instructor will make sure it’s easy for the boat to stay the right way up. Eventually you’ll fall in and get wet. When you do, just remember to hold on to the boat…………………Easy!
Follow the links here if you’re Interested in joining Junior Club 2017.
Righting a Capsized Sailing Dinghy:
With Shirley Robertson
With Shirley Robertson
Start Sailing with Olympic Medalist - Shirley Robertson
5 Essential Sailing Tips:
With Olympic Medalist, Shirley Robertson
*** Parents please remember, you cannot leave your child unattended whilst they are taking part in Junior Club Sessions***