Stoke Gabriel Boating Association is a Recognised Training Centre (RTC) for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). As such we are inspected each year to ensure our facilities and practices are up to the high standards set by the RYA .
The SGBA provides a range of RYA sailing and powerboat training. All courses are run from our classroom and operating base at: Mill Point, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6FX
Courses are available first to SGBA members and, on some courses, any unused places may go to non-members at an increased fee.
Any questions, contact Peter Waite our SGBA RYA Principal
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. 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 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 for parents to 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.
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.
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 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 publication Start Powerboating (choice of e book or hard copy) 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.
RYA First Aid course
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 "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 the expiry date to ensure it is valid for the 2020 season. It is compulsory for Instructors to hold a valid certificate. It is desirable that Safety Boat helms and OODs 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
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.
You may find this Safety Boat video useful: