Joining Instructions for Keelboat Sailing Courses
Your start time is found on the webpage you booked your course. (i.e. Learn to Sail, Improvers, Seamanship Skills). It's on the same line as the date of your course.
What you'll need to bring:
Suitable footwear for onboard the keelboat
Trainers or wellies with non-marking soles, deck shoes, crocks, grippy beach shoes and dinghy boots are all suitable. It's likely that you'll get wet feet while stepping from the shore into the small boat that ferries you to the keelboat. If you want, you can change into suitable dry footwear when aboard the yacht. Neoprene dinghy boots are good because they help keep your feet warm even when wet.
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Waterproof trousers are useful because you'll sit on the side of the inflatable dinghy while motoring out to the yacht. If you get splashed they'll keep you dry! We can provide waterproofs in adult sizes from small to extra large but your own will probably fit you better.
It feels colder out on the sea than on land. So wear layers such as base layer, microfeece and warmer fleece depending on the overall temperature. Quick drying fabrics are better if you have them. A hat or buff is good for warmth and necessary for keeping longer hair out of your eyes! It's advisable to bring a change of clothing and a towel just in case you get very wet.
When you 'gybe' the boat, a rope runs quickly through your hands so you'll need some protection. Basic flexible utility gloves with some grip will do or cycling gloves or you can buy sailing gloves.
Your own packed lunch
Depending on the time of high water and therefore the start time of your course, we'll eat aboard the yacht or just before we go sailing.
High SPF suntan lotion
The sun is more fierce out on the water.
If you wear glasses use something to secure them. Pen and paper are useful for note taking back ashore. If you're concerned about motion sickness, please get something from the chemist. There are pills and patches available. You get your sea legs eventually but there's no need for this to spoil your early sailing experiences.
Tea and coffee will be provided ashore before and after sailing. There's no toilet on the boat. So it's 'bucket & chuck it' if you're desperate. The best thing is to drink lightly before sailing and then drink lots to re-hydrate when you're back ashore.
Each day starts at the house with a safety session. If it's an early tide we'll then go straight out sailing. On a later tide we'll cover more of the theory sessions first.
The evenings are free. There are numerous hotels and B&Bs along the seafront nearby if you want to stay overnight. Day two often starts 30 mins to an hour later because of the tides. Manchester & Liverpool are easy commuting distances with the new Bay Gateway which gets you from junction 34 of the M6 to Morecambe in under 10 minutes.
This activity will be led by a qualified RYA Instructor and great emphasis will be placed on safety. It is your responsibility to comply with all safety regulations and the Terms and Conditions of booking. We reserve the right to postpone the activity due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. An alternative date will be mutually agreed. Unfortunately we're not in a position to carry the loss of last minute cancellations by you. You may wish to consider insurance for that eventuality. If you cancel more than one calendar month before your course you forfeit just the deposit. If you cancel within one month of the course you forfeit the full fee.
We'll ask you for an emergency contact number and health declaration when you arrive.
How to find us:
1 West Street,
Although parking is limited on West Street, there is free parking nearby on Marine Road West. There is also a large car park behind the Beach Cafe at £1.40 per day.
If you have any problems, give John a call on 07721 891 615
"Patient and calm instructors. Different modes of learning. Felt able to ask questions and make mistakes. Great activities and tasks"
"Instructors have great knowledge and can pass this knowledge on in a very pleasant and efficient way"
"Patient explanation and good humour"
"Excellent throughout. Great teaching. Practical tutorship brilliant. (Weather perfect!)"
"Learnt a lot in 2 days!"
" The whole day was terrific. I really enjoyed it"
"The instructors complemented each other and were really knowledgeable"
I most liked...
"the balance of theory & practical and the opportunity for plenty of 'hands-on' practice.
Deirdre's explanation of rules of the road was excellent"
"the personal attention of the instructor, the boat and equipment"
"how the theory backed up the practical & the amount of practical"
"the detail and thoroughness of the instruction"
"gaining a clearer understanding of the basic skillsto improve my overall confidence"
"the feeling of sailing close to the wind and how everyone worked as a team"
"Excellent good all-round course. Deirdre is an excellent teacher"