Our Get Afloat programme is currently full for beginners, but we are still able to admit competent dinghy sailors. If you are a non-sailor, you will join a waiting list and your membership started when a place is available.
This is a 3-month trial membership, which you can extend to Full membership if you like the Club. This is an opportunity for you try our Club, and try dinghy sailing, without investing a full year's fees.
The cost (including joining fee) is £35 for an adult or couple, together with their children aged 18 years or younger. If you are new to sailing, or not confident to sail independently, the "Get Afloat" sessions are suitable for you.
Everyone's first session will be a "Get Afloat" evening sail on a Friday. This is so that we can give you a briefing about the Club, and give you your new member's pack. You will be asked to choose your first date on the application form. The sessions are free of charge; but there is a small charge for Club dinghy hire if needed. Dates are:
- Fri 12 May
- Fri 26 May
- Fri 9 June
- Fri 16 June
- Fri 30 June
- Fri 14 July
- Fri 28 July
- Fri 11 August
- Fri 25 August
- Fri 8 September
You will have access to many facilities at the Club:
- Carparking on-site
- Dogs (under control) are welcome on-site
- Bar and Galley
- Changing rooms/toilets
- Fishermans' Roost (basic kitchen)
- Club boat / SUP hire (subject to conditions, including experience).
- Storage of your own dinghy in our secure compound, at no cost during the trial
- Use of slipway
- The supported "Get Afloat" sessions
Please note, our training courses leading to RYA qualifications are for Full members only: you will need to convert to Full membership for access to these.
If you are new to watersports, you need to know what to bring:
- buoyancy aid
- (optional) helmet
- spray top
- Close toed footwear: old trainers or wetsuit boots
- Towel and change of clothes for afterwards
- Water bottle, suncream , hat, sunglasses
We are unable to take unaccompanied children for the trial membership: they need to attend with parent or guardian.
Confident sailors (RYA Level 2 or equivalent) can hire our Club dinghies and sail independently or at any of our dinghy events.
Depending on demand on the "Get Afloat" evenings, inexperienced sailors may sometimes need to take part in stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), or ride in a motor boat all good ways to gain confidence in watersports.
We will use a WhatsApp group to keep in touch with you throughout your trial membership.
The last date to join the trial membership scheme 31 July 2023.