Learning to sail

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2020 Training Programme at the Tony Cavey Training Centre at SCSC
We have now closed the training centre for the season, thank you to all our wonderful instructors,  the team behind the scenes and of course all of you who sailed with us in 2019.
Summer sailing course dates 2020 
Sailing courses for 2020 will be announced in February 2020.  Please keep an eye on the website for information nearer the time and if you have any questions before this time please
We also run lots of private tuition sessions in the season which can be arranged for between one and four people….see more info here>>>


RYA Powerboating

RYA Powerboat levels 1 and 2 and RYA Safety Boat course dates will be announced as they are released.   Please contact us to be put on our waiting list via tonycaveytraining@gmail.com

Instructing at the Tony Cavey Training Centre

The Tony Cavey Training Centre and Tony Cavey

Further information about the course content can also be obtained from the RYA Website

Please note the following terms and conditions:

  1. The person who will attend the course must be a current SCSC member (temporary or ordinary).  You will only be able to apply for a place if you are on our current membership database and priority is given to Ordinary members. If you are not sure please log on to Webcollect and check whether your subscription is current.
  2. All bookings will take place on our new Webcollect system and payments will be made using bank transfer.  The lessons are only visible once you have logged on to Webcollect.
  3. Full payment is required at the time of booking. Once confirmation of a place is received from Tony Cavey Training, refunds are not possible. Sailing, powerboat or first aid lessons missed, or courses cancelled, cannot be refunded or exchanged for alternative dates as our courses are mostly fully booked. In the event of lessons cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, we will endeavour to offer one alternative date.  We are a non profit making training centre administered by volunteers.

General information

Our sailing courses follow the RYA learn to sail programme.  We welcome children  of at least 8 years old (by 31st August ie in school year 3).

We have a great team of RYA qualified dinghy sailing instructors – distinctive in their yellow T-shirts – who look forward to teaching and instilling a love of sailing and how to be safe at sea.  Our instructors all have the RYA First Aid qualification.

Clothing required for the sailing courses:

  • Wetsuit
  • Wetsuit style shoes or old trainers (no open toes)
  • A packed lunch is also required for the summer holiday courses

St Catherine’s Sailing Club are able to order GUL sailing gear at reduced rates.  Please see the GUL website http://www.gul.com for their range.  If you wish to order GUL gear through SCSC please email Karen Roworth here roworthkaren@gmail.com

Our fleet includes:  Omega, Pico,   Feva,  Optimist and 420 dinghies.

Additional Sailing Information

We hope that all our sailors will receive a certificate at the end of their course.  However sometimes they might need to practice their newfound skills a bit more to achieve that level.

Also we regret that we are unable to swap course days if your child is unable to make their lesson.

What next?…

Once our  sailors have completed their course, we hope they will want to join in with club sailing at St Catherine’s Sailing Club.  The club will be offering our newly qualified sailors, coached racing to help them get them started.  For information about club sailing please contact  our commodore Dave Jones:  drjonesjersey@gmail.com

Competitive Multiclass Dinghy Racing