COVID-19 / Return to Boating

Due to the coronavirus measures, the club house is not fully open at present, the sailing programme is suspended but we are starting a cautious return to sailing. Read more.

Related: Organised Sailing Google Spreadsheet and instructions, you will need to login to see this page.

Related: Revised Sailing Programme August 22nd

The training programme has yet to be published for 2019. Sailing lessons are only available to members of Swanage Sailing Club. See how to become a member.

Adult Sail Training

The club runs dinghy sailing classes every Tuesday evening from April to September. (Club boats are available free Tuesday evenings for beginners and 1st year intermediates).

Start at 6pm for “on the water” by 6.30pm. Each week please book for the next week on the list in the clubhouse,  so we can arrange safety over. Email Mike Cemm ( before your first session and if you have missed a week.

Intermediate sailors will be expected to take their turn at safety cover & are encouraged to take part in Club races. Recently qualified Rib Drivers are expected to help with safety cover for Tuesday or Friday evening or Saturday morning (junior) training.

Contact Mike Cemm to register for adult training:

Other Training (as required)

We can arrange for free ‘taster’, try a sail sessions if you can’t make Tuesday evenings. Extra training days & more advanced training,  e.g. Asymmetric, Catamaran , First Aid, VHF, can be arranged, but the Club may request a contribution to the costs of running these types of courses, usually to pay for an external RYA Instructor & fuel costs.

Safety Training , Power Boat 2, RIB Driver Refresher is usually provided free by qualified SSC RYA Instructors and is prioritized for those helping with Club training or safety.

Please notify your training requirements, questions or suggestions to:  Mike Cemm


Junior Training

The Club offers Junior RYA Training, aimed at all levels of experience, from complete beginners to advanced youth racing.The training operates on a Saturday morning from 8.30 to 12.00 from 15th April for most Saturdays until the 1st July. This follows the RYA syllabus covering theory, practical sailing & racing.

Due to the increasing popularity of this training & the limited resources/Instructors/safety crew & boats means we may need to limit places. The age limit is from 8 years to 16 years. To apply for a place, please contact Phaedra Radestock by 15th March.

The weather early in the season can be extremely cold & juniors MUST be equipped with suitable clothing – full length wetsuit, wetsuit boots, gloves, hat and buoyancy aid. Like all things in the Club, the training is run on a voluntary basis and parents will be expected to contribute their time and help. The training is offered free-of-charge, but a £10 fee will be charged in the first year to cover log books and certificates. For more information please contact:

Contact Phaedra Radestock for junior training: