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2024 Junior Training Programme

2024 Junior Sailing Training for Club Members

Swanage Sailing Club offers Junior Dinghy Sailing Training to club members aged between 8 and 16 years old*, from complete beginners to advanced racing level. Training covers the RYA syllabus and takes place on Saturday mornings from 08.30 to 12.00, running from 20 April until the start of the summer holidays.

Saturday morning training sessions are great fun, not just for our children as they grow in confidence and improve their skills, sailing from Buck Shore into Swanage Bay, but also for the parents socialising in the sun whilst awaiting the return of the intrepid sailors.

Teamwork, leadership and a wider appreciation of sea safety are all part of the wider offer. Smiling faces at the end of a session are what we aim for!

Securing your child's place

Due to increasing popularity, there is a limit to the number of places available for the Junior Training programme and all the spaces have been allocated this year. We have a waiting list for those who wish to join. If you would like to register your interest on the waiting list, please complete this online form. We will contact you when we have a space.

If your child secures a place, we ask you to prioritise attendance on Saturdays. If your child becomes unable to attend on a regular basis, we reserve the right to re-allocate your child's place to someone who can attend the majority of the weekly sessions.

If your child secures a place, we ask you to prioritise attendance on Saturdays. If your child becomes unable to attend on a regular basis, we reserve the right to re-allocate your child's place to someone who can attend the majority of the weekly sessions.

All juniors who wish to return to Junior Sailing must complete the registration forms that will be emailed to those who have re-enrolled with the club by the required date. We can then determine how many places to offer to those on the waiting list. It is important that all relevant forms are completed by the required date and with the correct information in order to secure your child's place in the training programme.

Briefing session

All junior trainees and their parents must attend a briefing session on the first training session on Saturday 20 April. This will cover details about this year's training programme and important safety information and you must be attended so that your child can participate in the Junior Sailing programme.

Booking your child's place

Once accepted on to Junior Sailing, parents will need to confirm their child's attendance via the Club website by midday on Thursday each week. This is so we know how many trainees to expect and so that we can organise appropriate safety cover and instruction in accordance with the RYA designated criteria. Please set a reminder to do this by the deadline each week, as if you do not register your child, we cannot guarantee your child's place at the Saturday session.

At least one parent or legal guardian must accompany their child / children and must remain on site throughout the training session. SSC does not accept 'in loco parentis' and there will not be any exceptions. This is for insurance and safeguarding purposes. Any parents that attend the club must be club members.

Playing your part

Junior training is run on a voluntary basis and is free of charge, but we need everyone's help to ensure junior training happens safely and with everyone playing their part in contributing to the fun. All our instructors are volunteers, and we all have a role to play. Parents will be expected to get involved each Saturday, for example, helping launch and recover boats on the beach, providing safety cover on the water, acting as Beachmaster or Assistant Beachmaster, making teas and coffee in the galley, sweeping the Clubroom and changing rooms, or making flapjacks to ensure everyone stays fuelled for fun. This commitment will be in addition to the volunteering required to assist in the general running of the club. The duties should be booked via the 'Duty Roster' on the Club website. It would be helpful if you could book your duties as soon as possible in advance to ensure that there is sufficient cover for the training sessions.


All trainees attending training must be equipped with suitable clothing a full length wetsuit, neoprene/sailing boots, gloves, hat and buoyancy aid. Please ask us for advice if you require it. In hot weather, sun cream must be applied prior to the training. Please also bring a bottle of water.

There will be a one-off charge of £16 for new members to cover the cost of the RYA handbook, logbook and certificates.

Foolproof flapjack recipe

As a tradition, the juniors have a flapjack break during the training sessions and flapjack making duties are included in the weekly duty roster.Please find attached a link to a delicious tried and tested flapjack recipe here. You will need to double the recipe and the size of the baking tray (or use two) to produce 25 decent sized flapjacks.Feel free to use any recipe but please only use the four main ingredients (oats, sugar, butter and golden syrup) as several juniors suffer from food allergies.For parents of children with food allergies, please be aware that the flapjacks provided are produced in domestic kitchens and unintentional cross-contamination with products containing nuts, with with actual nuts or with other allergens cannot be excluded. If your child suffers from severe food allergies, please provide your child with a suitable alternative snack.

And finally

For more information, or if you wish to join the waiting list, please contact:

Caroline Gueldener or Heather Kitching at

* confident rising 8's are permitted to undertake junior training provided they are junior members and there is agreement from the Senior Instructor and Junior Coordinators.


Last updated 13:14 on 8 May 2024

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