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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Learning to Sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Whitstable Yacht Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre. The club offers first class tuition, a range of training boats and excellent facilities. Members of the public can be given temporary club membership on application for a course and we also welcome members of other RYA affiliated sailing clubs to our courses at WYC member rates.

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Covid-19 Restrictions and Bookings

WYC Training adheres to government regulations and RYA training guidance for all courses, tuition and sessions. Each participant must accept the COVID policies and procedures on the booking form when making their booking. We ask that a Lateral flow test is taken before attending sessions. For the latest WYC statement on Coronavirus, please click here.

Formal Tuition for RYA Sailing and Powerboat Courses

Adult Courses

Adult courses are carried out in small groups of up to six students. Courses are offered for RYA Level One (Start Sailing), RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) and RYA Level Three (Better Sailing) to become a competent sailor. Courses are held over two days, mostly at weekends but also some weekdays.

SunsetRYA Level One (Start Sailing) adult course. Assumed knowledge: none. Course content: Rig, launch, turn around (in multiple directions), land and have wind awareness. Ability after course: to sail a boat supervised. 6 per course. 9am to 5pm each day. For dates, availability and to book click here.
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RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) adult course. Assumed knowledge: sailing skills to the standard of level 1. Course content: rigging, launching & landing independently. Sailing in all directions including capsize recovery and safety knowledge. Ability after course: able to sail in all directions in good conditions. Limited to 6 per course. 9am to 5pm each day. For dates, availability and to book click here.
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RYA Level Three (Better Sailing) allows for the opportunity to practice and consolidate skills. Helping build confidence and support development of good sailing techniques and independent sailing. There are several optional units in the Level 3 syllabus, please review them in your log book and talk to your instructor to work out what aspects to focus on. For dates, availability and to book please contact WYC Training on

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Youth Training

WestbereCadet courses (age 8 to 16) are based on the RYA National Youth Sailing Scheme and the courses, each lasting 3 days, are programmed for school holiday weeks. By taking appropriate courses, and through practice in WYC Cadet Sessions, a cadet can go from being a complete beginner to becoming a confident, independent sailor, and have a lot of fun in the process. Maximum 10-16 children per course. For dates, availability and to book click here.
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Powerboat Training

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course over two days gives time for practical instruction and theory, and includes a practical assessment. PB2 is also a pre-requisite to drive a club power boat at WYC. Assumed knowledge: None, although level one start powerboating may be proceeded. Limited to 2 people per course, over 14s only. A direct assessment (1 day) can also be done for those with prior powerboat experience. For dates, availability and to book click here.
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Sailing Development

One to one lessons


We offer one or two to one lessones for people want a short taster session, and aren’t quite sure about sailing, or want to improve your sailing skills on an individual basis. Taster sessions are 3 hours or a whole day (6 hours), and are a great way to dip your toe into the sailing world. Tuition on an individual, two person or small group basis can also be arranged at times outside the main programme. Please email Ruth to arrange for a lesson tailored to your requirements.


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Laid back Wednesdays improver sessions

SunsetCome along to our recreational sailing sessions every other Wednesday evening from late spring to early Autumn. These sessions are for members who want to enjoy a recreational sail with safety boat support and/or want to improve their sailing skills with the availability of expert advice. Club boats are available for hire at additional cost for the session. Please see the Sailing Scheduled for dates and times. To book a place click here.
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Cadets and Family sessions

SunsetThese sessions are offered every week weather permitting from the end of March to late October. The emphasis is on safe and fun sailing under the direction of a Senior Instructor. These sessions are ideal for giving children time on the water to put into practice what they have learned from a RYA course and to develop their ability towards the next level.Ramp Please see the Sailing Scheduled for the day (Fridays or Saturdays) and time of sessions depending on daylight and tides. There is a nominal charge for the season, to cover costs, including our assistant instructor development scheme and the use of club boats in sessions. Parents must be present for the sessions and willing to help.

Cadetfest: Five days of day cruises, race days, pirate activities and fun sailing will be from Monday 9th to Friday 14th August. Cadets need to have attained RYA stage 2 to participate. Note: FULLY BOOKED FOR 2022

Youth sailing events at WYC with external coaching: To support the progression of the young sailors at Whitstable Yacht Club we host a number of external events throughout the year, and encourage our sailors to visit youth events at other clubs. 2022 events at WYC include the Kent Schools Sailing Association Autumn Training on Saturday 29th October, and the London and SE Regional Topper Traveller race weekend on 24th and 25th Septemnber. WYC Training

Other courses and equipment hire

Corporate & School Sessions can be customised to your specific requirements. Please contact us to arrange water sports activities for adult or school groups at Whitstable Yacht Club.

Windsurfing equipment hire is available for people wanting to try windsurfing at Whitstable. Whitstable is a great place to progress your windsurfing owing to the flat, shallow water at low tide. You do need some experience to hire, and unfortunately WYC currently cannot offer windsurfing instruction. Hire is arranged on application to the Training Administrator:


Dinghy hire is available for members only, subject to availabilty. An RYA Adult L1 Certificate is the minimum requirement to hire a boat, and bookings must be made 7 days in advance. To hire a boat, please complete the Boat Hire agreement and return to at least 7 days in advance. For pricing see Charges.

Booking Information

All courses should be booked online

Please use the links on this page to check schedule, availability and book courses online using our booking system on
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Download the latest list of charges HERE.

Vouchers for courses are very popular. Give to a friend or loved one and they can choose the date of course! For a voucher please contact


For more information on how to book, the content of our courses, or if you'd like to talk to get advice on how to take your sailing further, please contact our training team:

WYC Training PrincipalJo Wyles Jo Wyles .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Chief Instructor, Training Administrator, RYA Onboard Officer
and Co-Bosun (Sailing Equipment Supervisor)
Ruth Oliver Ruth Oliver .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
01227 272 942

Booking Forms

If you'd like to book a course, please download and complete and return the appropriate form(s) to the Club Principal, Whitstable YC, 3-4 Sea Wall, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1BX with payment. If you have any questions, or want to check availability, please contact the Principal or Administrator:

  1. Adult Courses General Information and Covid-19 restrictions
  2. Boat Hire agreement

Note: All courses should be booked online. Click here to check availability and book Courses online

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