Learn to Sail

Join us at picturesque Trent Valley Sailing club, situated on the River Trent in Long Eaton the second oldest river club in England. Trent Valley is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association(RYA)

We offer (RYA) courses and taster days for you to experience the delights of sailing, no previous experience needed. We sail in dinghies, these are small boats which can be sailed on your own (Single handed) or with friends.

Learning to sail at Trent Valley Sailing Club is suitable for the whole family.

We offer introductory courses for adults and children.

The next course starts in May 2024.

What to expect

A fantastic introduction to sailing needing absolutely no previous experience.
The day starts at 9.00am on a Saturday with registration. Home made lunch is provided and endless cups of tea or coffee are available free of charge.
Groups are small enough to allow for individual tuition by our highly experienced instructors.
No special gear is required. Buoyancy aids are loaned.
By the end of the day you will have been shown how to rig a boat, have the experience of being out on the water with our very experienced instructors.
The day finishes at 5:00pm.

Having experienced the taster, you will be welcome to return to do RYA level 2.
and will take place over four Saturdays. On completion of your RYA Level 2 you will be able to helm (be in charge of ) a boat in light winds. Sail on a course then change direction. (Tack or gybe) have some knowledge of weather and wind direction, tie basic knots, stop and control speed.
On completion of this course you will be given a Log book and two certificates.

In July during the summer holiday we run a very popular “Junior camp” a summer camp for children aged 8- 15. Places for this are filled up very early.
This takes place during one long weekend from a Thursday evening to the Sunday afternoon in July and is a great place for children to learn to sail in a supportive fun environment.
During the summer months we also run an equally popular Friday evening sailing, for the under 16s. Places are still available and sailing will start at the end of April. Please contact Helen Richardson by email to helen.richardson@trentvalleysc.org If you are interested in a place on the Friday night sailing.


Please email training@trentvalleysc.org for any enquiries about learning to sail, including registering for a course.

Trent Valley Sailing Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre. All training takes place within the Club compound and on the River Trent immediately accessible from the Club grounds. Details for each course include information about the minimum duration of the course. The advertised price for each course includes any compulsory course material and course completion certificate.