Training at FYC

One of the aims of Fisherrow Yacht Club is to introduce members, local residents and families to the sport of sailing in a safe and supportive environment. To help achieve this, in 2017 Fisherrow Yacht Club became a RYA Recognised Training Centre (RTC) allowing the Club to train its members in a range of water sport activities. The Club has a range of RYA qualified instructors and the courses all apply the Club's approved Protecting Vulnerable Group (PVG) policies.

Our club training facilities are set up to train our club members, therefore if you are interested in our courses you will have to join as a member. Find out how to join here.


If you are new to sailing, our Level 1 and 2 course covering the two RYA introductory modules is the ideal place to start:

  • Level 1: Start Sailing - Covers the minimum knowledge required to get afloat under supervision.
  • Level 2: Basic Skills - Develops your skills to enable you to sail a dinghy on your own in fair conditions.

Powerboat training

Similarly, the Powerboat Level 1 and 2 course offers the ideal introduction to powerboating, teaching launching/recovery, mooring and anchoring and all the other boat handling skills required to achieve a basic level of competence.

  • Level 1: Start Powerboating – Provides practical introduction to powerboat handling.
  • Level 2: Powerboat Handling – Provides the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence
  • Direct Assessment – This is for people who have extensive boat handling experience but do not have the required PB2 certificate. This will take a full afternoon/evening of around four to 6 hours.
  • Safety Boat - An advanced course on dealing with capsized dinghies, canoes, windsurfers, towing and rescues.

Other courses

To support members doing their activities, the Club will also be offering shore based courses.

  • RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate Course – A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures, this one day course provides this knowledge and after passing an exam a radio license to use a Short Range Radio.
  • RYA First Aid Course - In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers

Course vacancies

Details of all courses being run are available on the Training Course Vacancies page.


Our trainers can also deliver the RYA level 1 -4 courses for juniors, taking them from total beginner to sailing solo or with friends. Juniors are encouraged onto the water during every club event, conditions permitting, practise makes perfect! We also have a focused family sailing night on Fridays when the tides suit, when families who want to sail together are given first choice of the club boats. There is normally hot chocolate afterwards and the kids can relax as a group in the training room while parents may want to sample a hot toddy instead.

For further information see the Junior Club page.