Learn To Sail

Pevensey Bay Sailing School Training Programme 2024
PBSC operates a highly active Sailing School that aims to promote and introduce sailing to individuals of all ages and abilities in a safe and welcoming environment. The Sailing School is run by a friendly and experienced team of volunteer RYA-qualified instructors specialising in Dinghy and Powerboat training. We are a recognised RYA training centre with additional OnBoard accreditation, which enables us to offer training in the following areas:


Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing, Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing

Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills

Dinghy Improvers - Racing and seamanship coaching


Level 1 – Start powerboating

Level 2 – Powerboat handling

Safety Boat Course

Boats and Equipment

The club has a fleet of modern dinghies used by students on all courses and available to rent (At the sailing school's discretion) to club members once they hold a minimum RYA level 2 qualification. The club fleet includes

Single Handers

3x RS Tera, 8x Topper, 6x Laser Pico

Double Handers

3x Argo’s 2x Laser 2000, 1x RS Vision and 3x RS Feva standard and XL race.

Buoyancy aids and helmets are available to borrow for members whilst taking part in club courses.

Youth Sailing

The club is an accredited RYA OnBoard training centre, offering youth sailing programs to promote activities in a safe, structured and fun environment.
Youth sessions run on Saturdays from May and are open to all members aged between 8 and 17. For children to sail at the club, they must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult who must also be a member.
RYA-qualified instructors run these sessions and will cover everything from basic sailing and understanding of weather and tidal conditions to race training. Teaching is tailored to the capabilities of the attending children, with all abilities catered for. We have club boats available, but boat ownership is encouraged, and we have growing fleets of both Toppers and RS Fevas.
There is a small charge of £37 for each cadet (£30 if you are using your own boat), which will cover the cost of all training sessions, an RYA training log book, and, of course, use of the club's boats for the On-Board sessions. A sibling discount will be applied, reducing the cost to £32 for second and subsequent children.

To book a place or discuss further, please get in touch with our Youth Sailing Coordinator Ash Scarff at cadets@pbsc.org.uk

Adult beginners – Level 1/Start Sailing

The course runs on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm until 10 pm from 7th May to 11th June.
The course costs £130 plus your membership fees and includes tuition from RYA-qualified instructors, use of the club boats and buoyancy aid, logbook and certificates. Trainees will be shown how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering a sailing dinghy. At the end of the course, you will be able to sail under supervision in light winds.

To book a place or discuss further please contact training@pbsc.org.uk

Adult Beginners – Level 2 Basic Skills

To follow the above, a level 2 course runs, which teaches how to rig, launch, and sail in all directions using all points of sail and safely deal with a capsize!
This course runs on Tuesday evenings from 18th June until 16th July inclusive at the cost of £130 plus membership, including tuition from RYA trained instructors, use of the club boats and a buoyancy aid, logbook and certificates.

To book a place or discuss further please contact training@pbsc.org.uk

Adult – Improvers Better Sailing and Seamanship Skills

These coaching sessions run on Thursday evenings from 9th May until 18th July from 6.00 pm until late. Sailors aged 18 and over need to have completed level 2 as above; the aim will be to enhance their skills and gain more confidence on the water; techniques will include Seamanship Skills, i.e. launching and recovering in different circumstances, recovering a man overboard, and Fun Racing.
The cost is £50 with own boat of £100 when using club boats.

To book a place or discuss further please contact training@pbsc.org.uk

Powerboat Training

Level 1, 2 and Safety Boat training is available in-house for club members only to support the sailing activities of the club, the dates for these are to be confirmed.  If you are interested in doing any of the powerboat courses please contact training@pbsc.org.uk
Contact information:

Some helpful information about training sessions:

Sailing is a physical activity; you need to be able to swim at least 25 metres and be confident in the water. You will need a good fitness level as we operate from a shingle beach, which can sometimes be steep. If you have any concerns about this, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

It's fun;

We want to encourage you to use all the club facilities and develop your sailing ability;
All of our activities are, of course, weather permitting. If the weather makes sailing unsuitable on any specific day, we often arrange alternative shore-based activities

James Allerton– Sailing School Principal training@pbsc.org.uk

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