What's Involved in Cadet Week?

What's Involved in Cadet Week?

The cost includes five full days of RYA training - Great value!

Cadet Week is a full week of fun and learning following the RYA syllabus. It’s a time to make friendships, have heaps of fun, build confidence as well as learn how to sail or become better sailors. It's for all the family, adults and children.

We cater for all levels of ability from beginner to racer. It involves everything from jumping in the lake, learning how to right a boat from a capsize, classroom work, adventures around the lake, building sailing skills including the RYA Racing syllabus & advanced skills like spinnaker work.

We tailor training delivery based on the skill and previous experience of the sailors in order to build on their RYA modules. We normally take beginners from 8 years upwards. The week offers something for everyone! Whatever your level of ability, this is a great chance to learn and progress. We cater for all and you get five days of RYA training, concluding with a family BBQ on Friday!

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New to Cadet Week?

For many, Cadet Week is the event of the year and sailors come back year after year. If you’re new to the Club and want more help or information, here are a few pointers:

  • So who's in charge?
    Cadet Week is led by a passionate team of volunteers and those teaching are all qualified RYA Instructors. The training is provided for MEMBERS ONLY (so make sure you’ve joined the club!) and we’ve plenty of opportunities through the year to keep practicing and enjoying learning to sail in a safe, supervised environment.
  • Do I need my own boat?
    We have a sheltered lagoon area for introducing young sailors to the water to as well as a fantastic training room above the clubhouse. We can provide boats for the week to get you started and buoyancy aids too. The week involves a mix of activities from classroom work, knots and practical activities, as well as heaps of sailing out on the lake. In no time (often from day one) the sailors will be out sailing on the lake independently under the close supervision of an instructor.
  • Is it an RYA Course?
    We teach at a ratio of 1:6 and as an RYA Training Centre following very strict standards for our delivery. We normally expect to complete at least one full part of the RYA Youth & Junior syllabus then you can join Cadet Coaching days and continue to have lots of fun!
  • Where does it lead?
    We recommend Cadet Week as THE starting point to get going, as well as the perfect opportunity to keep coming back and working on new skills. We provide lots more training (for all the family) too and want sailors to take full, active part in club life. If this hasn’t whetted your appetite please contact us and we’ll be delighted to help and answer questions.

Other Important Information...

Because you'll be here for a whole week, please make sure you take the time to read all of these pointers so that you are fully prepared.

  • What to Wear
    Sailors will need a wetsuit, suitable footwear (wetsuit boots or old trainers), a windproof jacket, and plenty of warm clothing (hats, gloves, thermals etc) – plus a towel and plenty of clothes to change into!
  • What to Eat
    Children will also need a packed lunch every day or money for food.
  • Parental Help
    We require parents to remain on site through the week (for safeguarding and supervision ashore as well as to help out). We will put up a rota during the week for running the galley kitchen & to clean up each day (including tidying up the changing rooms) but don’t worry, there will also be time to relax, enjoy the club and the views, watch the sailors having fun. We will also try to get you afloat and provide adult sail training too, subject to demand.
  • Where to Stay
    If you’re not local, Check our Accommodation section for local B&Bs and Camp Sites.

Cadet Week is usually run during the Summer Half Term - check this Training Calendar for dates and costs!