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2023 Junior Training Programme

2023 Junior Training Programme

Swanage Sailing Club offers Junior Dinghy Sailing Training to Club members aged between 8 and 16 years old, from complete beginners to advanced racing levels. Training covers the RYA syllabus and takes place on Saturday mornings from 08.30 to 12.00 from 29 April until 15 July 2023 (with the exception of 6 and 27 May 2023).

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 is what we aim for!

Due to increasing popularity, there is a limit to the number of places available for the Junior Training programme. 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.

To apply for Junior Training, please register using the form that will be emailed out on 28th February. It is essential that all relevant forms are completed in order to secure your child's place in the training programme. All parents must also attend a briefing session on 29 March at 19:00 before their child can participate in the Junior Sailing Programme. This will also cover important safety information.

Once accepted on to the training programme, you will be asked to confirm your 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. 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'. This is for insurance and safeguarding purposes.

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. We all have a role to play and parents will be expected to contribute their time and get involved, for example, helping launch and recover boats on the beach, providing safety cover on the water, acting as Beachmaster, making teas and coffee in the galley, or making flapjacks to ensure everyone stays fuelled for the fun. This commitment will be over and above 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 facilitate planning and to ensure that there is sufficient cover for the training sessions.

Junior training Kit List

All trainees attending training must be equipped with suitable clothing including 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. Also please 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 two flapjack-making duties are included in the weekly duty roster.Please find attached a link to a delicious tried and tested flapjack recipe hereYou 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.

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For more information, please contact:

Caroline Gueldener or Heather Kitching at


Last updated 19:06 on 30 March 2023

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