About Our Youth Courses

Important Information

Our Youth Courses are based on three simple things:  Fun, Safety & Progressive Learning!  Our venue is a perfect place to learn and our professional staff are totally committed to delivering courses of the highest quality.  Our programmes are designed to offer what young people want and to let parents rest assured that their children are in safe hands.  We are a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Training Centre and hold an Adventure Activities License.

Choosing the Right Course

Our courses are divided into age groups, so the equipment and programmes will be suitable.  Within each age group we will also team you up on ability.  This can be based on qualifications you already hold or any previous experience you tell us about.  Don’t worry about how far ahead you’ve booked... we’ll ask you for this information just before your course.  You can also tell us what you want to achieve or if you have friends you want to be with.

About RYA Qualifications

RYA Youth Scheme courses each have a set syllabus and standards required to attain a certificate. Reaching the standard should be realistic within the timescale of each course but sometimes more time, input or practice may be required.  RYA logbooks allow for individual sections to be signed off as they are achieved.  The final award of a certificate will take place when all sections have been completed.

After the Course

The best advice is to start practising your new skills as soon as possible after the course, and there’s no better way than to join HLSTC as a Junior Member or to extend your Family membership to include the Junior benefits.  A Junior Boat Pass provides use of an appropriate boat and access to any Youth Club sessions.  Once you reach RYA Stage 3, you can join in with Club racing or sail whenever the lake is open for use.   Junior Windsurfers must provide their own equipment.

Family Friendly

We know that there are quite a few parents who’d like to learn with their children.  To make this possible all our Level 1 weekends are 'Family Friendly', when up to two children can sail with one or two adults (could be Mum, Dad, Grand-Parent, Aunt or Uncle...).  Discount rate for the children!  This is for children aged 8-14.

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Further Courses and Tuition in Dinghy Sailing

What next?  Once you’ve reached level 2, and hopefully had a chance to practice the skills you learnt, why not look at completing one or more of the advanced modules.  These courses each focus on the specific skills relating to a specific area of dinghy sailing.

Private Tuition

Individual or private group courses can be arranged through the office.  Usually only weekdays are available for private tuition and cost will vary depending on the activity and participants. Contact us for further details and costs for 1:1 tuition.

Joining Instructions

Meals:  The HLSTC Galley/Bar will be open over lunch times when course are running.  There is a selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks available.  Pre-pay for lunches at the beginning of your course and then order at the start of each day with your instructor.  Alternatively, you could bring a packed lunch...  there are picnic benches on the terrace and club house seating.

Equipment:  Buoyancy aids and wet-suits are provided on all Youth courses.  You’ll need to bring a change of footwear; something with grip that you can get wet: Trainers and plimsolls are ideal... crocs, flip flops and wellies are not suitable.  Swimsuits and towels are essential.  In addition, light-weight, quick-drying layers are advisable: Fleece and jersey fabrics are best.   You may wish to bring waterproofs for wet weather.   There are hot showers available at the end of the day.  Please remember to bring sun-cream, hat and plenty of fluids in the heat and a warm hat and coat in cold weather.

Photography:  We may on occasions take photographs or video footage of our courses and instruction, in which you may feature.  By accepting the T&Cs on the booking system you are agreeing to these photos being used by HLSTC, unless you inform us in writing to the contrary.  No photographs may be taken at HLSTC unless with permission from the Principal.

All students will be given a safety brief at the beginning of the course and are expected to abide by our safety regulations.  Students are advised not to leave valuables in the changing rooms, and there are small lockers available for this purpose.  Expensive items that are not essential should be left at home.  Cars are not permitted in club grounds except for disabled users.  All course prices include the relevant certificates and logbooks which will be issued on successful completion of the course.  Replacement logbooks and certificates can be purchased from the office, as can accompanying technical publications.  The end of course de-brief will include details of our great membership offer, which gives a real saving on your first year if you join us.  And remember... at HLSTC you don’t have to buy a boat to go sailing!

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