General advice on a typical RYA training course

For RYA Adult training courses please arrive between 9-9.20am for an initial briefing at 9.30am on the day of your course. If your course is a level 1 Start Sailing course you will NOT need to be changed and ready to sail at the time of the briefing. If you have difficulty arriving on time please contact the club telephone number so we know you’re coming.

A typical RYA training day will run for eight hours finishing around 5-5.30pm on each of the two days - weather permitting.

Advice on what clothing to wear

You should bring 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.


Ideally wear a wetsuit, steamer or drysuit. If you do not possess such a garment, wear warm clothing made of wool or synthetic materials. Cotton-based jeans or trousers or shirts do not provide any warmth when wet – quite the reverse.

Wear trainers or flat soled sailing boots and wool socks or wetsuit boots as your feet will get wet come what may. It will be cooler out on the water and wind protection is often required. A fleece top is ideal in good weather, supplemented by a waterproof jacket in less clement weather. Wearing a hat prevents excessive heat loss and protects your head against minor cuts and bruises. In sunny weather, sunburn is a very real hazard as water and sails can reflect UV rays. Wear sunscreen, peaked hat and long sleeves and trousers as necessary. Dark glasses with a retaining cord are highly recommended to prevent glare and eye strain.

Cool, cold, wet weather:

In cool / cold or wet weather supplement the basics with:

  • Waterproof top
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Hat, balaclava (very good in cold, wet weather)
  • Sailing gloves or wool gloves with reinforced palms
  • Warm inner clothing - ‘wick away’ items near next to the skin are ideal
  • Wet suit, steamer or dry suit

A warm sailor is a safe sailor; you may get wet but you can stay warm.

Warm, sunny weather:

In warm / sunny weather the basics are fine (remember it is always cooler on the water). Consider the following too:

  • Baseball cap (with covering for the back of the neck)
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sun tan cream
  • Shorts
  • Sun glasses
  • Soft soled footwear – trainers or sailing boots

Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids in very hot conditions and take water with you if needed.

Feedback and complaints procedures

We will ask for feedback as a normal part of the course. If you wish to raise an issue with the Training Principal, David Burnham, please contact him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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