Sailing and Powerboating is not all about training and qualifications. It should be fun and can be learnt by experience and by going out with others. However, at Hardway we also offer the opportunities to learn through guided training.

Hardway Sailing Club is an accredited RYA Training Centre. To maintain this status, the club is inspected by the RYA annually.
The club offers training in a wide range of boating activities and these are conducted by qualified staff, mostly members of the club.

Dinghy Sailing for Adults is taught to the RYA National Sailing Scheme Levels 1 – 3 and Seamanship.
Dinghy Sailing for Juniors and Cadets is taught to the Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 – 4 and Seamanship.
Currently, members will be taught in the club boats that include 4 Optimists, 2 Toppers, 3 Laser Picos and 2 RS Visions. These give participants experience in single and multi- handed dinghies. The courses are usually held over two days, midweek or weekends.

Powerboating for Adults is taught to the RYA National Powerboat Scheme Levels 1 and 2. The first season after Level 2 allows successful participants to practise their skills and gain experience. After a season of powerboating, having achieved Level 2, members are able to apply for the Safety Boat Course which enables them to supervise racing, club events and training.

Powerboating is offered to Cadets by invitation. All members who qualify in this skill are expected to offer their services to the club. Currently, the club uses one 5.4 metre RIB and one 5 metre Dory.

Marine First Aid is taught to the RYA First Aid standard. This will take one whole day and, if successful, the participant will be awarded the RYA First Aid Certificate that is valid for three years. All Instructors and Safety Boat drivers require this qualification.

VHF Marine radio SRC courses are run in response to demand. We have to ‘buy in’ instructors for these and, due to recent legislation, are taught partly online and partly in the classroom.

A new interest has been shown in Sailing Basics for Crews and Spouses.  This is not a certificated course, but an opportunity for less confident members to work in small groups of two or three with a confident skipper in members’ yachts.


Please contact the club training officer for all course enquiries.

Paul Thomas   07900 414180

Arranged courses will appear on this website and the club noticeboard.