Come join us at Thames Sailing Club for a fun and informative weekends sailing on the River Thames. With generally light winds and a relaxed atmosphere, Thames Sailing Club is a perfect place to learn to sail and enjoy the beauty of the river.
The RYA's Dinghy Level 1 course is aimed at people with little to no sailing experience. We will take you through the basic steps of rigging and getting the boat onto the water. After some practice at land drills teaching you to tack the boat, we will head out onto the river for your first challenge of sailing across the wind. The course will include theory on how a boat works as well as getting to grips with tying knots.
ALREADY DONE SOME SAILING BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO START?
If you would feel confident to get into a boat and set out onto the water without an instructor on board then book onto the level 2 course. If you would feel unsure about taking out a boat alone then level 1 is the course for you.
Keep Sailing are booking agents for Thames Sailing Club
Signing up to a courses at Thames Sailing Club includes a free temporary membership of the club.
What to Bring
• Clothes to go sailing in / wetsuit.
Thames Sailing Club does not provide wetsuits so please bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet in and are not too heavy when wet. For example jeans are not good when wet. Please bring a few changes of clothes, we hope you won’t capsize while sailing but we can’t guarantee it!
• Water-proofs: a lightweight waterproof jacket is perfect and trousers if you have them.
• Shoes for sailing in either wetsuit boots, old trainers or deck shoes are fine.
• Buoyancy Aid (if you have one), it must be a 50 newton BA with a ‘CE’ Mark. If you don’t have a buoyancy aid we will provide one for the course.
• A towel.
• Sun-Screen, sunglasses and a hat.
• You might want to bring some gloves, but these are not essential.
• Your RYA logbook. If you don’t have one we will provide it on a dinghy level 1 course.
• Your packed lunch!
There will be a break for lunch each day of the course. Please bring a packed lunch, as there are no caterers on site. It is a good idea to come armed with some snacks to keep up energy levels during the day. Bar facilities may be available at the end of the day for those in need!
Thame Sailing Club has a large car park free to use for people attending courses.
All sessions will be run in-line with social distancing measures, please follow your instructor's guidance when you arrive. If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms please DO NOT come to your session. Please contact us via phone or email.
COVID-19 Cancellation Policy
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Keep Sailing reserves the right to cancel or postpone all activity if government guidelines on sports clubs changes. You will receive a full refund if we have to cancel your session. See our cancellation policy for more details.
Thames Sailing Club is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre and complies with all standards set out by the RYA. While sailing is a safe sport everything in life has an element of risk. We ask for your co-operation in complying with our club safety policy. Above all listen to your instructors as they are here for your safety as well as helping to improve your sailing.
Booking Agent Statement
All courses booked at location: Thames Sailing Club CIO (TSC) booked with Keep Sailing Limited (KS) are delivered by Thames Sailing Clubs Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre (RYC) status. Keep Sailing Limited are acting as booking agents for Thames Sailing Club CIO.