1/HOW LONG ARE THE COURSES?
Our standard courses are 12 hours each and they take place over 4 organised sessions of between 2-3 hours per session.
3/WILL I GET WET?
With sailing, there is always the chance that you may get wet – This can be part of the fun!! We would advise you to bring spare clothing or wear suitable wet water gear such as a wet suits in winter if you have one.
5/WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAPSIZE?
On level 1 course, capsize drills are part of the course. You will be given instruction on how to recover from a capsized dinghy, right it, and set sail again. As well as, our rescue boat is there to help you should you get into difficulty.
6/DO I NEED MY OWN BOAT FOR LEARNING TO SAIL?
No – the club has various boats that you can use as part of the course. Initially you will go out with an RYA qualified Trainer in a double handed boat who will show you what to do. After a couple of sessions if you are confident you will be able to take out one of the clubs single handed boats. There are a selection of Teras, Qubas, Neo, aero and Club Laser Bahia that you can choose to sail depending on your age and size
8/WHAT BOATS ARE THERE FOR HIRE?
The club encourages sailors to hire differnt club boats to get to know the different classes and what boat style suits you best. Club boats are available to hire per day – View Boat rental section for details
The boats for hire include:
Terras – suitable for young children
Quba – suitable for juniors and small adults
neo – Suitable for larger juniors and adults
laser bahia – A double hander
aero – experienced sailors
2/WHAT EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED?
We supply the relevant safety equipment such as buoyancy aids, However, we do not supply any wet gear such as wet suits. However, you can rent wet suits from the diving centre at the palms beach club. Kids sizes are not available.
4/WHAT SAFETY SUPPORT IS PROVIDED?
We always have a safety boat on standby during all sailing activity. This is there to help sailors should they get into difficulty or capsize.
5/CAN I TRY SAILING TO SEE IF I ENJOY IT BEFORE COMMITTING TO A COURSE?
Yes, we have taster sessions for both adults & children that is ideal for people wanting to experience sailing before committing to a course. Check out the taser sessions section.
7/WHAT IF I MISS A TRAINING SESSION?
The organised training sessions will take place over a period of weeks and allows for some flexibility in how the courses are delivered should you need to miss a session.
9/WHAT CLOTHING DO I NEED?
As sailing depends on the wind it can get a bit chilly depending on the time of year. The key with wearing the appropriate clothing is checking out the weather on the day and how long you are heading out for.
On a hot sunny day, you just need to pack some shorts (quick dry are best as you will get wet) and maybe a rash vest or t-shirt that you don’t mind getting wet and to stop your buoyancy aid rubbing.
If you feel the cold, it might be a good idea to throw in a ‘spray’ top. Some find a wet suit helps keep them warm too.
Some people wear sailing gloves to protect their hands from salty ropes and beach shoes to save stubbed toes.
Don’t forget your sun cream, sun glasses, bottle of water, and a complete change of clothing