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Welcome to the Training Pages.  May I introduce myself.  My name is Jonathan Miles and I am the school principal.  Having previously been Rear Commodore at the club and I am also an RYA qualified Race Coach and Race Officer.  Our vision for the training department is to deliver the highest quality training for all our members and to encourage them all into the delights of water sports, whether cruising, racing, or motor boating.  We seek to encourage full use of teh club and its facilities.

The youth squad is active from Young Pirates through to race developments.  Those a little older new to sailing have support through Follow On Sailing and Just Sail, and those keen racers can benefit from race coaching.  For those who enjoy power boats we run Power Boat Level 2 and safety boat courses, and for those looking to travel further we have a range of cruising and navigational courses being developed.  

To our budding instructors we offer full training from AI to Instructor and can mentor onward progression to Senior Instructor or Race Coach.  Full supporting courses for First Aide and power boat drivers are available as part of your journey.  All instructors are paid positions delivering the highest level of professionalism available.

Jonathan Miles

School Principal

Training Courses and Links:

To take part in any training course you need to be a member of the club.  Jump to the Membership link if you are not a member.

North Devon Yacht Club is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association as a training establishment and as such offer full RYA training courses for: 

Power Boats

Dinghy Sailing

Youth Training

Instructor Training and information

Other training Courses

Our Instructors are either RYA Power Boat Instructors, RYA Dinghy Instructors or RYA Assistant Instructors and RYA Race Coach Level 2. Dinghy Instructors and Coaches all hold a valid First Aid Certificate, Power Boat Certificates and are DBS checked as do many of our other support staff. Our safety boat drivers are all experienced and qualified.

Our RYA courses are run to the guidelines specified by the RYA; this includes the instructor pupil ratio, the number of safety boats to number of sailing boats and the content of the course. Attending one of our RYA courses does not guarantee that a certificate for that course level will automatically be issued. 

Cadet Weeks

Cadet weeks run over 3 weeks in August and we try to group ability levels. There is a big step from Stage 2 to Stage 3, and between Stage 3 and Stage 4. Completing Stage 2 during a week in the summer and then expecting to pass Stage 3 after one weeks training the following summer will not happen, the cadets need to practice and consolidate their skills, this is why the club boats are available for them to use during racing times throughout the year.  Attending a cadet week does not guarantee a certificateIt as it is important that we only issue certificates to those cadets who have reached the required standard to pass the course. This is particularly relevant as they progress to the more advanced courses.

The RYA provides us with strict guidelines on how children should be treated and the measures we as a club should take to ensure their safety and protection. A copy of the Club Child Protection Policy is available for viewing in the club.

Youth Squad

We offer free access to the Youth Squad who have a qualified instructor assisting and encouraging safe sailing.  Although group tuition takes place this is not an RYA certificated course.  Within YS activities we are also trialing a full RYA certificate Race Coaching course that is paid for and is lead by an RYA qualified race Coach.  This is targeted at youth sailors wanting to progress into racing at club level and beyond. 

Contacts for Training:

School Principal - jonathan Miles:

Training Officer - Bernadette Heason:

Club Admin - Camila Heaton 

Senior Instructor Sail - Eric Evans

Chief instructor Power - Mike Worrall

Last updated 9:38pm on 19 April 2024

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