The club is a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Training Centre (RTC). We aim to provide the highest standard of tuition with qualified instructors. Courses have a maximum of 15 places with participants split into groups according to experience. Safety powerboats are always on hand to care for those on the water.


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We usually have places available but please contact Pat Overs to comfirm availability.

Tel 07812 124690 Evenings only please and not for general or membership enquiries


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Application Forms

To book a course please download and complete the relevant application form.

You must complete a form for each student for each course. More than one applicant per form or more than one course per form will not be accepted. Payment may be made by cheque or BACS transfer - details on the form.

Paxton Lakes Adult Sailing Course Application Form
Paxton Lakes Junior Sailing Course Application Form
Paxton Lakes Powerboat Course Application Form

If you are booking a stage 1 (junior) or level 1 (adult) please add the £6.99 for the log book.

Courses Available

All courses are by arrangement, please bring a change of clothes, soft soled shoes and if possible waterproof jacket and trousers. Sailing is weather dependent and courses may have to be canceled or rescheduled depending on conditions on the day.

Single and Private Lessons

We are pleased to arrange these to suit your personal needs, whether it is on your own, with family or with friends. Simply let us know your requirements and we will be happy to quote you a price.

Scheduled courses are taught in groups of up to 12 students. We can normally take adults and juniors on the same course. 

Start Sailing:

RYA National sailing scheme Level 1/Youth sailing scheme Stages 1 and 2

Tuition in 4 lessons, usually afternoons

Adult £125:00 Child £85:00 (minumum age 8)

By the end of the course participants will have been introduced to the sport. They will have sailed a dinghy and learned to reach, tack, run and gybe. They will know the essentials such as rigging and rope work and how to launch and recover a dinghy.

Basic Skills:

RYA National sailing scheme Level 2/Youth sailing scheme Stage 3

Tuition in 4 lessons, usually afternoons

Adult £125:00 Child £85:00 (minimum age 8)

Having passed this course participants will have proved their ability to sail a dinghy in light to moderate winds. They will know how to sail a race and how to deal with a capsize. Practical work is assessed on a continuous basis. An oral interview or short written test is used to test knowledge of sailing theory, meteorology and safety awareness.

Advanced sailing skills courses:

RYA National sailing scheme advance skills, sailing with spinnakers, seamanship skills/Youth sailing scheme Stage 4

Advanced modules in the National sailing skills are follow-on courses aimed at refining skills for those who can already sail and want to improve their boat handing and racing. 

Powerboat - RYA Levels 1/2/Safety Boat

Tuition in 2 to 4 lessons using our 4.5m RIB. 

£180 per person when taught in groups of 3 or more. Smaller groups and one to one teaching available, POA. 

The PB2 course teaches boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. It covers launch and recovery, boat handling, safety, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside and man-over-board. RYA PB2 meets the entry requirements of the RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification. RYA Safety Boat meets the requirements of the RYA Senior Instructor qualification.

RYA First Aid

8 hours tuition.

Non Member - £60:00 Member - £30:00

This course teaches Basic First Aid including CPR and various first Aid measures. First aid courses meet the requirements of the RYA for dinghy instructor qualifications. 


Course Dates

Scheduled courses are run during school holiday periods. Our course dates for 2018 are:

Easter, Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th April (Full)

Spring half term 29th May to 1st June

Summer 7th-10th, 14th-17th (2 courses, morning and afternoon) and 21st-24th August

Autumn half term 23rd-26th October

Courses are run for 4 days in the afternoon running from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (October course 1pm to 4pm)

Courses can sometimes be arranged at other times to suit personal preferences, including weekends, subject to instructor availability. Please call or email for details. 

All bookings should be made via Pat Overs, RTC Principal

Tel 07812 124690 (evenings only please)
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