FFSC is an RYA approved training centre that runs courses for both the general public and club members who want to learn to sail or improve their skills.
The training centre promotes sailing as a way of getting more involved at the sailing club. Tuition is taught by experienced instructors using industry standard equipment and is recognised and inspected by the RYA.
Outlines of available courses are shown below, for further details on availability see the Course Schedule.
To reserve a place on a course email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Alan on 07711363888.
For absolute beginners and those wanting to find out more about what is on offer from the club this is for you. Get afloat for the first time on the River Deben and learn how the boat works. No previous experience is necessary and we provide all the equipment. Cost is £45 for the morning/afternoon for the first person with an additional £15 per person. Maximum of 3 persons per booking.
Beginners Courses for Adults (RYA Level 1 – 2)
Our adult courses are designed and run for adults and take place during the week over 4 mornings or 4 afternoons or an entire weekend. These courses are the best way to get into sailing and to gain your confidence afloat.
RYA Level 1 is aimed at the absolute beginner. It includes an introduction to sailing in all directions and awareness of launching and recovery. By the end of the course you will be able to crew competently and sail in light winds with an instructor.
RYA Level 2 is aimed at those who have previously Level 1 or have prior experience. The aim is to consolidate your basic knowledge of sailing, develop an awareness of safety and by the end of the course you will be able to sail a dinghy without an instructor in light winds.
As a good starter to dinghy sailing it is advised both Level 1 and Level 2 are completed before taking more advanced courses.
Beginners courses for Youth (RYA Stages 1 – 4)
Our Youth beginner courses are usually run during the week over 4 mornings or afternoons or an entire weekend. The RYA Stages are essentially half levels to be easier to learn and are suitable for ages 7 – 16.
beginner stages 1 & 2 including launching and recovering, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing and collision avoidance. Stages 3 & 4 provide instruction on how to rig the boat, sailing techniques, capsize recover and man over board and a good underpinning of sailing theory. By the end of these youth courses students should be able to launch and return to a beach and sail around a triangle course in moderate conditions.
Our advanced courses are run on weekends sporadically throughout the season. Courses can be booked outside of these times if numbers are greater than 2.
Seamanship Skills – Become the master of boat handling. Pick up a mooring buoy, rescue that man over board, park on that jetty, sail without a daggerboard or even a rudder? Learn how to do all that in just one course!
Sailing with Spinnakers – Want to go faster than ever? A spinnakers course is for you. FFSC uses asymmetric an symmetric boats to teach you how to sail down wind effectively.
Start Racing – If youve got a competitive streak in you and want to beat all the rest get on a start racing course and learn how to start a race and tactics for beating your friends (and enemies). The perfect course to understand what goes on in club races and get involved yourself. Once youve mastered this move onto Intermediate and Advanced racing courses and set your sights on being a national champion!
As well as all this sailing we also run powerboat courses.