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    Stoke Gabriel Boating Association (SGBA) is an RYA Recognised Training Centre (RTC). As such we are inspected each year to ensure our facilities and practices are continuously maintained to the high standards set by the RYA.

    SGBA provides a range of RYA sailing and powerboat training, plus first aid courses. All courses are run using RYA trained and certified instructors from our clubhouse and operating base at: Mill Point, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6FX

    Courses are available for SGBA members at highly competitive rates. Any unused places may be offered to non-members at an increased fee, the increase usually equivalent to our annual membership fee.

    Any questions, please contact

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    Junior Sailing Courses: RYA Stage 1-4

    The Junior Sailing Courses provide RYA dinghy sail training for children aged 8-14 years at Mill Point, Stoke Gabriel. They are organised for SGBA members, usually in the late May school half term holidays and during the summer holidays. An email will be sent to all members a few months prior to the start of each course with details of how to sign up.

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

    SGBA instructors are RYA trained and accredited Dinghy Instructors supported by Assistant Instructors.

    It is a requirement for parents of participants to volunteer to help make their child's course a success, as either Assistant Instructors, safety boat crew or shore based helpers. This enables us to keep the cost of the courses well below usual commercial rates.

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    Adult Dinghy Sailing: RYA Level 1-3 & Improver/Personal Tuition

    Adult group sailing courses can be run throughout the year based on demand following the RYA Level 1-3 syllabus. If you want training to obtain an RYA Certificate then please contact us (see below). In addition our Dinghy Instructors can offer individual/family/small group tuition for beginners, those seeking a refresher or to improve their sailing. See the calendar for details of planned courses for small groups.

    If you don't see a course that works for you contact to let us know of your interest.

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    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 (ICC). It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery, pilotage and collision regulations.

    Aim: To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats

    Pre Entry Requirements: No previous knowledge required

    Duration: Two days

    Ratio: The ratio of students to instructor will not exceed 3:1

    Minimum Age: 12 years old. Endorsement: Certificates for those aged 12 to 16 will be endorsed to the effect that the user should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult.

    Cost Includes: RYA Start Powerboating (e-book) and course completion certificate.

    RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus & Log Book (G20) will be available to purchase.

    You will need to packed lunch on both days.

    Courses run at Stoke Gabriel incorporate the SGBA induction course for the club safety boats so that, after successfully completing the course, you can book the safety boats for your personal use subject to the rules that apply.

    Any questions contact

    For upcoming courses see the SGBA calendar for details

  • 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 kayaks, 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.

    The RYA safety boat qualification is not mandatory for helming club safety boats at club events, but the techniques and skills it brings are highly desirable.

    You may find this Safety Boat video useful:

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    RYA First Aid

    The RYA First Aid course is a whole day training course taught by Tracey Cunningham - an inspirational trainer whose enthusiasm will keep your attention for the full day. The course fee includes latest RYA First Aid Manual and the all important RYA First Aid Certificate. This is also valid as a "work place" First Aid Certificate. The RYA course emphasises water related situations and teaches essential life saving skills.

    There are a maximum of 12 places on each course.

    Certificates are valid for three years. If you already have a certificate please check its expiry date to ensure continued validity - it is compulsory for RYA Instructors to hold a valid first aid certificate. It is desirable that Safety Boat helms and Shore Monitors have First Aid training. In fact, Tracey would say that everyone should be trained in these life saving skills!

    For upcoming courses see the calendar for details

  • ***Coming Soon*** RYA VHF/DSC Theory

    New for 2024, the course cover the basics of radio operation, frequencies, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures, as well as making ship to shore telephone calls, Digital Selective Calling, and the Global Maritime Distress Safety System. If you are interested in VHF training, please check the calendar - course dates will be added soon!

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