RYA Training

The SGBA can provide sailing and powerboat training at all levels. We are an accredited training centre for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). As such we are inspected each year to ensure our facilities and practices are up to their standards.

Our courses are available to SGBA members: any unused places may go to non-members at an increased fee.

Operations Manual

The SGBA's Operations Manual for Dinghy, Powerboat and Safety Boat Instruction can be downloaded here.

Junior Sail Training

SGBA Junior Sailing Courses

The Junior Sailing Courses provide dinghy sail training for children aged 9-14 years at Mill Point, Stoke Gabriel. It is organised by and for members of the SGBA, usually in the late May school half term holidays and at the beginning of the summer holidays.

Courses are designed to be fun. Children are encouraged to work towards their RYA Level 1 to 4 dinghy sailing certificates, which can be awarded at the end of the course.

All the instructors on the course are RYA trained and accredited Dinghy Instructors or Assistant Instructors. It is a requirement that parents will volunteer to help make the course a success, as Assistant Instructors, rescue boat crew or shore based helpers. This enables us to keep the cost of the courses well below commercial rates.

Details of Junior Sailing 2019 can be downloaded here

Dinghy Course - Adult Beginner & Improver

The first Adult Sailing Course, in June, is fully booked. If there is sufficient interest a second course will be arranged later in the year.

To express an interest please contact the RYA Principal, Anne Davis.

RS Feva Squad training

Many of our teenage sailors now sail in the SGBA's fleet of racing dinghies, RS Fevas. They have competed in Feva National championships in the UK and abroad. The squad train throughout the year from Stoke Gabriel and their winter training home, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 (PB2)

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

A program of training is being run in 2019 with 5 courses available.

13 - 14 May Powerboat level 2 Course 1
10 - 11 June Powerboat level 2 Course 2
25 - 26 June Powerboat level 2 Course 3
09 - 10 July Powerboat level 2 Course 4
25 - 26 July Powerboat level 2 Course 5

Details here.

RYA Safety Boat

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying. An RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be obtained before taking this course.

Members might find this Safety Boat video useful