frequently asked questions

Sailing Equipment

What is provided?

The centre provides all of the specialist equipment required for your course including buoyancy aids and waterproof clothing. Our courses are staffed by well qualified, experienced instructors who teach according to methods laid down by the RYA. Your course fee also includes the cost of a logbook and certificate, where this is applicable. You need only bring the items listed below.

What must you bring?

All participants in water sports need to bring suitable clothing to wear afloat, plus a towel and a full set of dry clothing. For most activities, shorts and a light shirt will be suitable. If you prefer you can bring your own waterproofs in case of rain, otherwise you can borrow waterproofs from the Centre. Old trainers or plimsolls are ideal footwear to use afloat. Sunburn can be a real problem afloat and we would urge you to bring a high factor sunscreen and to use it. A sunhat and sunglasses may also be helpful. The Centre provides drinking water free of charge. Crisps and soft drinks are available to purchase. The centre can order food but long delays may be experienced. Therefore we recommend that you bring a packed lunch if your course lasts all day.

Safety Afloat

Because safety is of paramount importance, all of our activities operate according to a strict set of safety guidelines. These are contained in our “Instructor Manual”, a copy of which is available for you to read. However, for your convenience we have summarised some of the main safety rules below:

  • All participants in water sports courses should be able to swim and must be water confident
  • Everyone who goes afloat (instructors and students alike) must wear an approved buoyancy aid at all times
  • Shoes must be worn at all times
  • No-one will be taken afloat if we believe they are suffering from the effect of alcohol or drugs

What if the weather is foul?

We may have to cancel your course but we will try to provide an alternative. If the course is at the weekend we will try to phone you on Friday. Please, phone before you travel to make sure and don’t pre-empt our decision: the weather may look bad to you but it may be OK for your course.