Oban Sailing Club is an RYA approved dinghy and powerboat training centre. We run a variety of courses (see the full list and details below) following the RYA schemes in dinghies, powerboats and onshore, and offer keelboat coaching, all generally between April and October. Our summer holiday junior weeks run in a block during Argyll and Bute summer holidays. If you’ve any questions about training courses at Oban Sailing Club, please see our frequently asked questions or contact us at email@example.com.
Dinghy sailing courses for beginners include a membership for the remainder of the current season, but our other courses require you to join the club beforehand.
For informal sailing for all ages, coaching and a chance to have fun and practice your skills check out our Monday Mayhem sessions.
All of our courses are organised by volunteers and run by either local volunteer instructors or instructors brought in from outwith the club.
Training News – March2023
We have published the first round of RYA Dinghy and Powerboat courses, and are currently sourcing instructors in order to run additional RYA Junior Beginner, Junior Advanced, and Adult Beginner courses to take place in July and August. Please bear with us whilst our volunteers organise these courses – check back often to see any new dates.
Alternatively, if you’re interested in a course in 2023 then please take a look at last year’s training calendar, then register your interest in a course and you’ll get an email when it (or a potential alternative course) is ready to book in 2023.
We’ve plenty of taster sessions and other open activities for all levels – see our Events list in the season for details.
Dinghy Sailing Courses
High School Learn To Sail Course – Wednesday evening course in April and May for anyone of high school age to learn to sail or keep practicing, no prior experience necessary.
Junior Start Sailing Weekend – A weekend of games and fun to learn the basics of sailing
Junior Beginners – no experience necessary, for everyone who’s working towards Stage 1 or 2.
Junior Improvers – a slightly more advanced level, for those who already have their Stage 2, working towards Stage 3
Junior Advanced – for those who’ve mastered Stage 3, working on Stage 4 (doublehanded boats), advanced modules, or just developing skills that the sailors would like to work on.
Adult Beginners – learn the basic skills of dinghy sailing, working towards RYA Level 1
Adult Improvers – for those who already have RYA Level 1 or equivalent experience, building on your sailing skills.
Adult Advanced– for those who already have RYA Level 2 or equivalent experience, building on your sailing skills.
Advanced Modules – we can also run courses on sailing with spinnakers, start racing, and seamanship skills.
Upcoming Dinghy Courses
RYA Powerboat Level 2 – learn to drive a powerboat so you can help out at OSC sessions, no previous experience necessary
RYA Safety Boat – how to provide safety cover to help keep a variety of water users safe
OSC Rescue Boat Practice Days – practice the skills required to be a safety boat driver at OSC, and get (re)acquainted with the OSC powerboats
Upcoming Powerboat Courses:
RYA First Aid – one day marine focussed first aid course. Suitable for maintaining a current instructing or Yachtmaster qualification.
RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) – Operator’s license for marine VHF radio.
Upcoming Shore-based Courses:
Keel Boat Race Crew Coaching – No need to have sailed a yacht before, however basic sailing knowledge in a boat of some kind will help.
Upcoming Yachting Courses:
Becoming an Instructor
Assistant Instructor – start to help others learn to sail
Instructor Sailing Skills – coaching sessions for those who are interested in becoming an instructor at OSC.