Powerability

The RYA Powerability scheme is designed to complement and increase accessibility to the RYA Powerboat scheme. The diagram below shows how the two schemes fit together.








To achieve powerability bronze certificate, you must complete 5 tasks and attend a minimum of 2 sessions. To achieve silver, 15 tasks must be completed and at least 4 sessions attended. For gold, 25 tasks must be completed and at least 6 sessions attended.

Some of the tasks on the powerability scheme are as follows:

  • Deciding on appropriate clothing
  • Identifying safety equipment and parts of the boat
  • Keeping lookout for other water users
  • Coil and throw a rope
  • Tying nautical knots
  • Starting / stopping the engine
  • Wearing the kill cord
  • Managing the throttle and engaging gears smoothly / confidently
  • Steering a figure-of-eight course
  • Reversing
  • Demonstrate knowledge of regulations (IRPCS)
  • Communicating with the crew / helm

Sailability

The RYA Sailability Scheme has six levels, the diagram below details these levels and how they link together with other RYA schemes.

 


At each level you have the opportunity to improve upon your sailing skills. Some of the things you can learn and practice at each level are:

Entry Level
  • Learn about parts of the boat
  • Learn about sailing clothing
  • Launching / recovery of the boats
  • Being an active crew member
Bronze Level
  • Steer a boat
  • Assisting rigging the boat
  • Knowing which sailing clothes to wear
Silver Level
  • Tacking and Gybing
  • Leaving shore safely
  • Sailing a straight line
  • Sail a figure-of-eight course
Gold Level
  • Tying sailing knots
  • Sailing upwind
  • Sailing a triangular course
  • Adjusting sail correctly and sailing efficiently
Platinum Racing
  • Compete in races
  • Understanding basic racing / sailing rules
  • Understanding race starting
Platinum skills
  • Balance and trim the boat
  • Stopping alongside a buoy
  • Assessing wind conditions before going afloat
  • Support teaching of novices
sailability members on the jetty

Walsall Sailability Group

We run both Sailability and Powerability courses – scroll down to find out more…

People with a disability are welcome to join in our sailing sessions at Aldridge Sailing Club on Saturdays between 10:00 and 12:00.

Hoisting facilities are available, please bring your own sling if possible.

Participants will need to come with a parent / guardian or able bodied carer to assist with launching, recovery and rigging / de-rigging the boat.

To book or for more information – call Jeff Moore on 07547 181657.



Basic Skills RYA Level 2

This is for people who have completed their level 1 and want to become a competent sailor in light winds. Completion of this course is the basis from which to further develop your sailing. Course work is both practical and classroom based, and follows on from the tasks completed during level 1 training. Elements will include understanding how to rig according the weather conditions, additional ropework, The Five Essentials of sailing, close boat handling and manoeuvring. There is special attention on safety, capsize drills and recognising dangers. There will also be an introduction to racing including the course and starting procedures. Guidance will be given on specialised clothing and equipment in which you may wish to invest in the future. For the purposes of this course no special clothing is required, but a change of clothing is recommended. It can get cold on the water so warm clothing should be considered. Your feet may get wet so wear an old pair of trainers or pumps. They should have a reasonable amount of grip. Personal bouyancy aids will be provided for the duration of the course. The course is normally run over one weekend. The date of the next one is to be confirmed. What to do next:

Start Sailing RYA Level 1

This course is designed for complete beginners who would like to learn to sail. It is an introduction to the sport covering the minimum knowledge required to get afloat under supervision. At the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of boat handling and sailing theory, and be able to sail a dinghy on you own. On successful completion of this course you will receive an RYA certificate for your log book. You will then be ready for the next step – Basic Skills level 2. This course includes practical work in rigging a boat, understanding and naming parts of the boat, ropework, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and wind awareness. This is supported by some classwork in sailing theory and the rules of the road. All training will be by RYA Dinghy Instructors and the club is a recognised RYA training centre. Guidance will be given on specialised clothing and equipment in which you may wish to invest in the future. For the purposes of this course no special clothing is required, but a change of clothing is recommended. It can get cold on the water so warm clothing should be considered. Your feet may get wet so wear an old pair of trainers or pumps. They should have a reasonable amount of grip. Personal bouyancy aids will be provided for the duration of the course. The date of the next Level 1 course will be confirmed soon. Book early to reserve your place on the course.   What to do next:
  • Email info@aldridgesc.org.uk
  • or visit the club on a Sunday, or Wednesday and Thursday evenings during the summer