HISC Thursday Club
HISC Thursday Club is a Community Club operating on a Thursday afternoon / early evening from May until September.
It is mainly open once a fortnight when the tides are suitable, between 4pm and 7pm for youngsters aged 8–18.
There are two sessions, the first runs from 4.15pm and is very much aimed at beginners to give them a taster of sailing/paddle boarding and rowing.
The second session begins at 5.30pm and is for youngsters who are more experienced on the water.
Parents or Guardians are required to remain for the session that their child / children are attending.
The dates for the 2023 season are:
May - 11th & 25th
June - 8th & 22nd
July - 6th & 20th
September - 7th & 14th with a Prizegiving tea on September 21st.
Whilst there is no specific charge a weekly voluntary donation of £3 per session is appreciated.
Each parent or guardian must complete a registration form which includes any relevant medical information for each youngster.
Safety and fun are our priorities.
The instructors at HISC Thursday Club are all RYA qualified and all activities are conducted with safety as the priority. We operate our training programme through the control of an appointed Training Officer, and all training takes place under strict guidelines.
There is always a Senior Instructor at each session - they will timetable the training and organise the groups and all the resources required. They will also normally give a briefing to all sailors and introduce the instructors for the session.
There is also always a Beach Master and safety boat cover for all sessions.
Below are the details of the training stages provided dependant on ability.
All youngsters must be booked in, preferably online in advance of the session, to ensure adequate resources are available. For each session the youngsters are split into their appropriate groups. At each stage, the training is signed off having been completed satisfactorily before moving on to the next.
Introduction to Water:
For Absolute Beginners with the aim that they will become comfortable both on and in the water in a buoyancy aid
A familiarisation with a single-handed boat to gain knowledge of basic controls and sailing in a double handed boat
To sail a boat in any direction
Single handed with confidence and competence
Double handed familiarisation
To be competent in single and double handed boat
Show ability to work as a team in a double handed boat
To demonstrate seamanship and racing skills and complete RYA advanced modules
To achieve Assistant Dinghy Instructor qualification
Full details of the programme for each Stage are available at this link