Toward Sailing Club is an RYA Training Centre certified to teach Dinghy courses Levels 1-4, Start Racing and Seamanship Skills, Stages 1-4 in the Youth Sailing scheme and Powerboat Levels 1, 2 and Safety Boat. These training sessions are open to both children and adults, with children starting at age 10. Some of our members have come along to learn with their child which is a great way to spend and evening, learning a new skill with your son or daughter! There are also a limited number of places for adults, who don’t fancy the possibility of going for a swim, to learn in a keel boat. the keel boat training is not certified by the RYA but is conducted to an equally high standard. This certification is maintained through an annual inspection by the RYA during which the qualifications of the instructors, the standard of the instruction and the condition of the facilities and equipment are checked.
The Club maintains a fleet of 4 Optimist dinghies, 6 Topper dinghies and 5 Pico dinghies as well as a Laser Bahia which are used for training. These boats are also available for use by members for racing.
Training takes place on both Monday evenings, for beginners and those still getting to grips with boat handling, Wednesday evenings, for those ready for more advanced seamanship skills and some Sunday mornings for race training.
In keeping with the ethos of the club at large the success of training depends entirely on the good will and effort put in by all those involved. All the instructors and safety boat drivers work on an entirely voluntary basis. Learners, young and old, are expected to take their turn with duties around the club ranging from serving in the kitchen to assisting with Race Officer and Safety Boat duties on race days. This culture of giving something back is what has made the Club so successful. Older cadets help with new members and many cadets have gone on to become fully qualified instructors themselves, instructing at the Club as well as in various centres both in Scotland and around the world. Toward Sailing Club is also where several cadets had their first taste of sailing before going on to be selected for both dinghy and keel boat national squads.
RYA certificates and trophies are presented at the Club’s annual prize giving in November. This includes the Munro Quaich for the outstanding cadet and the Alison Currie Trophy for best attitude both of which remain a closely guarded secret until the day.