Training at Llandegfedd Sailing Club

Click for readable Certificate Llandegfedd Sailing Club is an RYA recognised Training Centre. This means we have been inspected by the RYA and meet their high standards for a training establishment. Details of the overall RYA training schemes is provided in the following link; RYA Training Overview Llandegfedd SC supports the sections that we find most appropriate for a small, inland sailing club, these are Dinghy Sailing, Dinghy Racing and a small amount of Powerboating sufficient to support club activities. Our certificate is shown as a thumbnail here, click on it for a larger version.


We operate entirely with RYA Qualified volunteer Instructors and Racing Coaches who give up their spare time to contribute to the sport. They are listed on the following page; Instructors .

Training is a very important part of the club programme. There are opportunities for all to take part in training. Just think how much training our Olympic sailors do; perhaps we all should do some!!!

For 2019, The Sailing Club (LLSC) is working in partnership with Llandegfedd Watersports (LLWS) to provide training. LLWS will provide initial Beginner training, for those who have not sailed, and LLSC will concentrate on the more advanced courses and the "Start Racing" courses. Throughout the season there are Adult and Junior sessions of all types. The majority of dates are shown on the Schedule page2019 Training Schedule .



Chart of LLWS and LLSC training together

Overview of our Training

  • There will be Junior Training for Beginners and their parents starting all through the year with Llandegfedd Watersports. For Juniors, there are "activity days" that can be tailored to provide RYA sailing qualifications in the school holidays. (See below)
  • The Sailing Club will provide Junior Race Coaching and Training for those who have RYA Junior Stage 3 or who successfully completed the beginners course, or who can already sail a triangular course by themselves.
  • We will offer special discounts on those who have recently passed the RYA Level 2 course, with "Supported Sailing" to give confidence and practice before attempting further courses.
  • We will be offering Advanced Sailing courses at weekends where you can learn to use spinnakers, and handle the boats well.
  • "Improve your Racing Sessions" will be arranged. We have "Start Racing, "Intermediate Racing" and "Advanced Racing" courses as sailors process. These are available to Youths and Adults.
  • We provide ongoing support to our trainees and hope they will progress to sailing as their sport of choice, buying a suitable boat and enjoying the use of the water.
  • For existing club members, the sailing club runs Power Boat Level 2 courses and may run a Safety Boat Course if there is a demand. Note that all club members are required to have a PB2 qualification in order to drive the club patrol boats. We hope that all members without PB2 will put themselves forward for a course.

There are opportunities for members to train as assistant dinghy instructors, dinghy instructors, advanced instructors, race coaches, safety boat drivers, race officers and and and other RYA courses. RYA Cymru Wales usually circulate these opportunities and often the fees are very low. This counts as continuing professional development (CPD).

Members are invited to put themselves forward for training that will benefit themselves and the club. Your own sailing could well improve as you understand things better. The club will pay up to half the fees subject to committee approval. We have a page with outlines of courses that may happen in the region each year Volunteer CPD
(It is mostly winter for volunteer courses!) Email Sarah via training@llandegfedd.org.uk with requests.

Junior Training

Junior Beginners Sailing


This is a course for beginners with little or no sailing experience, and is run by Llandegfedd Watersports. You will have fun on the water and see what this Olympic Sport is all about. You will learn to sail Junior boats such as Toppers. Join the club to start the journey from Beginner Sailor on LLWS via discounted courses, and then follow straight on with the Thursday Evening sessions. Contact us to start with; email training@llandegfedd.org.uk

Junior Intermediate Sailing


Once you can sail, you need to progress and learn new skills might want to progress towards racing. Sessions will run at 6:30 pm to Sunset or 8:30 pm on Thursdays. Details can be found here, including how to apply to us. Junior Beginners

Make Sailing a family activity!

Again this year we are also opening our Junior Thursday sessions to parents to sail at the same time as their children. In previous years, the parents have been willing helpers on the shore. Now parents can take the opportunity to share their youngsters experiences, become competent and enjoy themselves on the water at the same time. We use the Club's Laser 2000 training boats and member's own boats for this.

Previous members wishing to join again this year and those interested in joining please contact the Training Co-ordinator for more information. (training email address as above and below)


Junior Race Coaching

The aim of this training is to take those that can sail and encourage them to sail faster than the other boats around them. Rules, tactics are also brought in to the mix. These coaching days are at selected weekends.

Please follow this link and see under "Junior Race Coaching" Race Coaching

Please contact coach@llandegfedd.org for more info and to register your interest. This helps us plan ahead. Email coach@llandegfedd.org.uk

Adult Beginner Training

As noted above, in 2019 we are providing the Adult Beginner training through Llandegfedd Watersports. They have Level 1 "Start Sailing" courses scheduled for the first weekend of each month. Level 2 "Basic Skills" is the third weekend each month. The result for most people is an internationally recognised RYA Level 2 certificate. Information about the course, is on a dedicated page Adult Beginners. Join the Club and enjoy discounted courses with LLWS, and then follow up at LLSC with further Saturday sessions to build confidence and skills.

There is information on what each course entails and the clothing advised on the page with the applications forms accessible from that page (or the menu to the left) Information about Adult Beginners Sailing

Adult Supported Sailing

Having gained Basic Skills, Level 2 with LLWS, (or elsewhere, on holiday for example) most people need some further encouragement and support whilst they sail on their own. We offer three days of Instructor led Supported Sailing for the price of 2 days. These are on our schedule on any Saturday when we have Adult Training. This allows you to go on any Level 1/Level 2 course with LLWS and then fit straight in and reinforce the learning with us in our boats. This three day experience is really important and lays the basis for all further sailing. (When you passed your driving test were you fit and competent to be out on your own? Really?)

Adult sailing courses overview poster.

We can train most if not all of these courses, but we will only do so if there is demand from sailors who are sufficiently good to benefit from them. After gaining an RYA Level 2 certificate, sailors need some practice before attempting the more exciting courses on racing, spinnakers etc. This is why we offer "Supported Sailing"

Please contact training@llandegfedd.org for more info and to register your interest.Email training@llandegfedd.org.uk

Adult Coaching and Improving sessions

The Improvers Sessions are targeted to those who can sail, and may have completed their Level 2 recently, but need some coaching and encouragement whilst sailing. These sessions bridge the gap from formal training to full on Race Coaching. We may also consider turning some of these into a more formal "level 3" course, depending upon interest shown.

Also, see the "Schedule" page Training Schedule which has some ideas about "Supervised Sailing" on Sundays. We hope to set up "Social Sailing" on Saturdays, this is a work in progress.

Powerboat Training

We train existing members to drive our PowerBoats. The main courses we run are the popular RYA Power Boat Level 2 course that permits us to drive boats on the reservoir. For those who can already drive a boat safely, and have the necessary experience, we can run a "direct assessment" half day course which contains some revision and best practice, plus an assessment of the skills displayed. The format of this is defined by the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course syllabus. Our members are required to perform Race Management and Rescue duties, and the minimal standard for Power Boat drivers at Llandegfedd is PB2.

We can also run the Safety Boat course. Many of our members already have a very good idea about how to recover a sailing dinghy, from personal experience!

There is information on what the courses entail on the Power Boating page with the applications forms accessible from that page (or the menu to the left)


Normally those wishing to join the club should contact membership@llandegfedd.org.uk but new members who require training are welcome and should contact training@llandegfedd.org.uk or 01291 673779. If you know of anyone who would like to join as a volunteer please give them the contact details. Volunteers for some or all of the sessions are required as instructors, Power Boat drivers and beachminders. Come on join us it is really worthwhile and you never know, you might enjoy yourselves on the water.

Sarah Green Training Principal