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Wednesday Junior Sailing Needs You!

If you can help us – We can help You!


 

Don’t be scared to Help! Without the very special people who volunteer their time on a Wednesday, we could not offer this great service to the community. We get superb financial support for Junior Sailing from Lymington Yacht Haven but we could not survive without volunteers. All the areas would like more help, which will mean we turn fewer children away and more children can have the fabulous fun on the water that we all enjoy. If you would like to join us, please contact Ali or any of the adults mentioned in the newsletter.

You do not need to have any experience to be able to help. Anyone with any level of sailing ability is more than welcome, and there are a number of jobs ashore for non-sailing Helpers. People who can row are especially welcome as we always have a shortage and rowing has become the new favourite amongst the children on the water – probably because Jo makes it such fun!

Pre-season Training There are two "Beginning of Season" helpers refresher / training afternoons on 5th April, 12th April & 19th April at 2 o'clock. All are welcome to attend – parents too if you would like to know what is involved.  There is also a Safety Briefing on 29th March at 2 o'clock.

You do not need to qualify as an instructor to help on the water. Competent sailors are very much appreciated to sail Scows. We need RIB crews (you don’t necessarily have to drive) and both shoreside and pontoon help. If you enjoy it, the Club can offer formal RYA Training to become an Instructor or a RIB Driver, which is great fun and a very useful skill. Please contact Ali or any of the Instructors for an initial chat and more information if this appeals to you.

Courses are run during the weekends, primarily in the winter months.

RYA Level 2 Power Boat is the first step to learning how to drive a RIB. It is a 2 day course and prior experience is not essential.

RYA Safety Boat Driver is the next step for the more experienced driver. This 2.5 day course will teach you how to recover capsized boats and more complicated manoeuvres.

RYA First Aid is useful and hypothermia and survival skills are taught in 1 day courses based at the Club.

RYA Dinghy Instructor is the goal for a committed Helper. Many Helpers have been invited to participate in Dinghy Instructor Courses and some have progressed to be the Senior Instructors who look after your children every week.