training centre

Notts County Sailing Club, is based at Hoveringham, Notts and is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centre we offer a wide range of accredited courses involving Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, Power boating and First Aid. 

All our RYA qualified instructors and coaches are well trained enthusiastic volunteers, who teach solely for the love of the sport. We provide courses at different times throughout the year. The club is a recognised RYA Training Centre and able to issue RYA certificates. Our instructor ratios are shown below.

If you want to know more about individual courses please click on the links below which take you to the relevant details and prices or if the information you want is not there please Contact: 


The club boats are primarily used for RYA courses and other club run organised training activities such as Saturday Club and Tuesday evening Racing. Members using them as part of these activities are required to ensure they are treated with care, cleaned down after use and all equipment stored securely after use.

Club boats can occasionally be made available for single session use, primarily for juniors with RYA Stage 3 qualification and adults who have recently completed an RYA L1+2 course at the club. Safety cover needs to be available and NCSC Covid hygiene rules must be observed. A donation towards upkeep of the club boats is requested.

Currently NCSC Training have Toppers, Oppies and a Wayfarer available to members who fulfil the requirements.

All boats must be booked through Sarah Read, the Training Secretary, who will give full information including the suggested donation amount. Email:

The Laser fleet have a Laser available for longer term use. 

For more information on courses we are running in 2021 please follow the links below 

Lecture during the dinghy Start course Dinghy Sailing

Windsurfing start course in progress Windsurfing


Part of our training includes youngsters learning power boating for the Regional and National RYA Rib Challenge Powerboat

First Aid

RYA Sailing Instructor – If you enjoy passing on your skills to others why not train to become an instructor. This course takes place over 6 days and can be used to teach at other RYA establishments and is open to all club members who have the necessary sailing skills.
RYA Assistant Instructors – This course enables you to instruct at Notts County.  

NCSC Junior Assistant Instructor – This is a new program at the club to encourage juniors on the way to becoming an RYA Assistant Instructor.

Please see our Instructor Pathway for more details on all of the above.  It can be found here 

Type of Craft Student Instructor Ratio
Crewed Dinghies 3:1 for beginners with instructor on board     

Max. 9:1 but no more than 6 boats per instructor

Single Handed Dinghies 6:1 (applies only whilst the boats are used as single-handers)
Keelboats Dayboats/keelboats max 4 students per boat     

1 instructor for no more than 9 persons

(e.g. 3 boats with 3 students in each boat)

Powerboats Levels 1 & 2 – 3:1     

Safety Boat Course – 6:1 (2 Boats)

Advanced Course – 6:1 (2 Boats)

Windsurfing 6:1
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