RLSC is a member run club.  We are not big enough to have paid members of staff, and in any case the amateur, friendly nature of the club is an endearing feature.  Any help you can give will be perfect and gratefully received, so thank you in advance.  Hopefully (fingers crossed) we will be back to somewhere near normal in 2021!  What normally happens in your 1st year is you'll get a couple of duties on either galley or duty member.

  • Galley is self-explanatory, and with the frozen meals being a success in the limited 2020 galley service we are very likely to carry that on, making it even easier! Full guidance is given beforehand.
  • Duty member is a bit of a jack of all trades duty, where you can be asked to help out in the galley, the race hut (hoisting flags for the HRO, putting the course board together etc) or even as crew on the safety boat!  All posts are under the guidance of a more experienced and qualified member.

In later years we think you are able to take on more complicated duties:

  • Officer of the day (OoD).  This person runs the club on any given club sailing or SUP day.  They need to check that all the other people on duty are going to come and do their duty.  They need to ensure club rules are adhered to, such as wearing a bouyancy aid on the pontoons. 
  • Honorary Race Officer (HRO) is another duty, but you do need some training (ad-hoc and free) on how to run a race.  They're my personal favourite duty.  I must be power hungry as what the HRO says, goes :-). 
  • Cox is another duty type, but you do need to have passed an RYA Power Boat Level 2 (PB2) course, and although these courses cost approx £80 for members, it's hugely discounted from the cost elsewhere.  It's great fun, blasting round the lake at full power in the club RIB's, and the PB2 allows you to rent powerboats (up to 9 metres) anywhere in the UK and take then up to 12 miles offshore!  The PB2 course spaces are limited and very popular, so keep an eye out for the adverts as they fill up very quickly.


In addition, we have the bar for after sailing on a Wed evening, Friday evening (SUP sessions) and Sunday afternoon. 


If you volunteer to be on the bar committee (no meetings or hassle, it's just a licensing regulation of the local council) you may be asked to do the odd bar duty, again full training will be given beforehand and it’s great fun too.  These normally only last a couple of hours; the drink driving rules have eliminated long post sailing boozy sessions :-(!!  The urgent issue is we do need to nominate the bar committee at the AGM (6th December).  That means if you can help out behind the bar we need to add your name to the proposed bar committee 2021 before the agenda goes out in the next week or so.

Regardless the duties are a great way of getting involved in YOUR club and meeting other members.  I am only just classing myself as “not a novice” and I started sailing 5 years ago.  I've learned more about sailing from the other members over a beer or lunch at the club than I ever learned on the RYA courses!!!

We do try and keep the number of duties members are asked to do to a minimum, and depending on member numbers this is usually between 3 and 5.

SUP Hearder FAQs

Stand Up Paddle boarding was only introduced to the sailing club in 2020. Our new members have settled in well and we continue to tweek our guidelines to maximise enjoyment for all members of the club.

Q.      Can I launch for the day without joining the club?

A.      No, you have to be a club member to launch. Day tickets are only available from the Rudyard Lake Trust visitor centre at the dam end of the lake. See their website for booking details and costs.

Q.   How much is membership?

A.      See the membership grid. If you want to sail and SUP then you have to join as a sailing member. If you only want to SUP then you need to join as ‘Other Sports’ member.

  • Family Membership. Up to 2 adults & children (any number) under 25.
  • Single Adult Membership for age 25 or older.
  • Young Person Membership under 25.

Members join for a minimum 12-month period.

Q.   What do I get for my membership?

A.   You get the following with club membership

  • Access to the lake, 7 days a week except for Wedding days (see club calendar). During a wedding and the preceding setup day, there is no other club activity.
  • You can paddle during the daylight hours but must be off the water by sunset.
  • Car parking and rigging with 10m of the shore.
  • Use of the clubhouse within the guidelines / rules of the club. All members can purchase a key (£50 deposit).
  • Use of a club electric pump stored in the club house storeroom, top shelf on the right.

SUP Pump Location

Q.      Why is sailing so much more expensive?

A.   The SUP rates are competitive to attract new SUP members and will be reviewed in January 2022. Sailing membership fees need to contribute to the overhead of providing sail racing, trophies and training. Sailing fees include a free training course for adults in their first year and junior training is included for all stages beyond the first year. SUP training will be charged separately to the membership fee.

Q.      What facilities are there in the clubhouse?

A.   Changing rooms with hot showers, toilets, bar, galley, extensive seating inside and on outside deck, full disability services and access, free car parking.

Q.   What else does the club offer?

A.   An active social calendar throughout the year. A fulltime Galley Cafe shop operating 9am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday. Subsided Powerboat courses £120.00

Q.      What is expected from me as a member?


  • To use the club and its facilities in a considerate and respectful way.
  • To be insured (see below).
  • Follow club safety rules (see below)
  • As we share the lake, SUP members must carry the club ID Band whilst on the water.SUP ID Bands1
  • To do two ‘Volunteer’ duties per season as part of the team that provides lunch and helps run the sailing or SUP sessions.
  • Only launch and recovery from club.
  • When sail race and training sessions are scheduled, to SUP outside the areas being used.
  • When sail race and training sessions are scheduled, use the north pontoon to launch.

Q.      What insurance do I need?

A.      All SUP members are required to have third party insurance covering all their board activities. You can have an independent policy but it is normally provided by membership of the following sports that cover SUP activities:

Q.      What are the safety rules?

A.   Safety of club all members is our number one concern.

  • All club members, both sailing and SUP, are required to wear a PFD/buoyancy aid whilst on the water and on the club’s pontoons.
  • As Rudyard Lake is flat water, all SUP members are required to wear ankle leashes.
  • Under-18 SUP members are only allowed to paddle if there is a rescue boat on duty or with an accompanying adult SUP member in the group. Please note, adults cannot supervise children from shore.
  • If paddling without safety boat cover then consider buddying up.

Q.      How do the SUP members keep in touch?

A.      They have formed a SUP Facebook group, to ask questions, arrange meet ups and share photos. Please ask to join once you have taken out membership.

Q.      Can I bring a guest to paddle?

A.      As the Rudyard Lake Trust offers commercial SUP launching we do not want to take business of them, therefore, we ask you to restrict guests to 1 per month. However, if you want to bring along a potential new member to see the facilities and try out the lake then they are more than welcome. Please use the SUP Facebook group to arrange to come and meet the potential new member.

Q.      Can I store my SUP at the club?

A.      Sorry no.

Q.      Can I camp at the club?

A.      Sorry no. Unfortunately, we don’t have camping facilities on site.

Q.      Who represents the SUP members on the management committee?

A.      Matt Baker is the SUP rep on the management committee.

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Q.      How do you see SUP developing?

A.      This will be down to our SUP members but we are currently thinking of:

  • Fridays have been nominated as SUP priority day. If SUP members are willing to join the club’s bar staff, then they could potentially hold regular sporting and social sessions.
  • The club has committed to purchasing 6 SUP and training upto 4 SUP instructors, so it can offer formal tuition and taster sessions. These should be in place by Summer 2021.

Impact of the Covid Situation.

Covid has had a significant impact on all sports. RLSC is governed by the RYA and also subject to Government guidelines. The club has created a ‘Covid Working Group’ which is reviewing the RYA and government recommendations and guidelines and ensuring that the club is fully aligned. Hence, not all activities or facilities are available at the moment. All restrictions are clearly shown on the club website. However, access to the water for SUP is currently available, 7 days a week.                 


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Sailing is a life long sport enjoyed by all from 6 to 66+. Like any skill it is best learnt at a young age. Here at Rudyard we are a RYA Training Centre, and are passionate about training the next generation of sailors.

Q.      When does Jybaz take place?

A.      Jybaz training sessions take place on Saturdays between March and October normally twice a month. You are not expected to come to every session, but the more your child attends, the quicker they progress.

Other than in June and July, the sessions are split as follows:

  • Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4: 9am - 1pm
  • Advanced Group: 1pm - 5pm

In June and July all training is currently planned to take place from 9am - 12:30pm.

Family / Social Sailing commences after lunch from 2-5pm.

Please note sailors are expected to be dressed and ready for a brief at the start time. Most parents aim to be at the club 30 minutes before their start time.

Q.      What does the training consist of?

A.      There are 4 stages to RYA training:

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat
A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor
Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction
Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat.
Assumed knowledge
None Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Course content
Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing Basic sailing skills, ropework, collision avoidance Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard
Ability after course
Able to steer and understand basic principles Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions

 Once stage 4 is complete, additional training is available:

  • Introduction to racing.
  • Seamanship skills.

Many junior sailors become Assistant Instructors who help with training. The club has a rich history of members going on to become fully qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors, which looks good on the CV and also provides more interesting summer job opportunities.

Q.      What boats do Jybaz use?

A.      There are four main boats used in Jybaz

  • Oppie - Very stable boat used in stage 1
  • Topper - Single handed boat used in stage 2/3
  • Pico- Single/Double handed boat used in stage 2/3
  • Feva - Double handed used in stage 4

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Q.      What does the training cost?

A.      All Jybaz training is included in membership costs. There, is a boat hire fee of £3 for a session or £5.00 for a full day to cover the boat maintenance costs. If you are using your own boat, there are no hire fees.

Q.      Can I leave my child at the Jybaz session?

A.      No, as the club’s safeguarding regulations require an adult to be present for all Jybaz events. The club is happy if parents want to share the responsibility (onsite and getting home) between them, but you must inform the senior instructor at the start of a session.

Parents are also expected to help their children setup and clear away their boats. This maximises training time on the water.

Q.      How safe is learning to sail?

A.      Safety is our number one concern at all times and we do everything reduce any danger.

  • All Dinghy Instructors (DIs) and Assistant Instructors (AIs) are RYA qualified.
  • All training sessions are supervised by a RYA qualified Senior Instructor (SI).
  • All training sessions will have safety cover by up to four safety boats. Jybaz parents are encouraged to take the Powerboat 2 qualification to help provide this cover.
  • All sailors are required to wear a buoyancy aids when on the water or pontoons.
  • All Jybaz parents are required to wear a buoyancy aid on the pontoons.
  • All safety boat crews are required to wear a buoyancy aid on the water or pontoons.

Q.      What should I wear?

A.      The club has buoyancy aids for all new junior sailors.

Ideally sailors wear a wetsuit or dry-suit. But to begin with, you should bring with you sufficient warm clothing to sail in, bearing in mind that it is always colder on the water than on land.  You will need a change of clothing in case you get wet.

There are spare wetsuits in family changing room you can use.

Once your child has committed to sailing, then they should have a wetsuit, splash top, gloves and wet boots. Dry suits are ideal for winter but are expensive.


Sports/Adventure Training retailers like Decathlon are good places for cheap effective wetsuits, especially as children quickly out grow them.

Q.      Are there changing facilities at the club?

A.      There are male, female and family changing rooms with showers available. Entry to the changing rooms is strictly controlled during Jybaz sessions.

Q.      Is there on-site catering?

A.      The galley is open for all Jybaz sessions providing hot drinks, snacks and a two course hot midday meal + dessert. The meal costs £3.50 and must be booked at the start of a session. Juice is also provided free of charge. Parent volunteers staff the galley.

Q.      Who volunteers?

A.      The club is a volunteer run organisation, for example, all the instructors you will meet at Jybaz provide their time free of charge. All club members are expected to do 2-3 duties per year. As a Jybaz parent our online DutyMan system will allocate you duties during Jybaz sessions, which might cover galley or general duties. Many parents go on to do powerboat training allowing them to assist with safety cover during Jybaz.


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