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Holiday Courses

Our holiday courses have proven to be a great way for visiting and local children to get to know each other through a challenging and rewarding experience. Our team of RYA instructors, safety boat crews and volunteers will ensure that the every session is carefully managed, educational and most importantly fun!

Morning and afternoon options
Sibling discounts available

Ages 8-14
All abilities catered for

In 2019 Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust provided lessons for over 600 primary school pupils and young people from special schools with special educational needs and disabilities. Without the Trust, teachers tell us that many pupils who sail with us would not be able to access this opportunity.

If you are able to make a donation in addition to the course fee, it will go towards the cost of an 8-week schools’ sailing course which will help a child develop their skills, confidence and wellbeing. You can choose the amount to donate with your booking at checkout. Thank you!


Holiday Course Bookings

Given the current exceptional circumstances and following the latest advice from the government on measures required to minimise the spread of coronavirus, we have made the decision to cancel the Easter and May half term sailing courses. Customers that have booked places on either of these courses will be contacted by a member of the HRCST team.

This was a difficult decision to make but our primary concern is for the safety of the children and young people that sail with us. We continue to plan to deliver lessons and holiday courses in the coming months and will be guided by our partner schools and government advice as to the appropriate action to take. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask for your understanding at this difficult time.

Cancellation policy

Our policy is to offer a credit transfer towards the next available summer course. If you are unable to attend a course this year, please consider donating your course fee or a portion of it, to HRCST. Like many similar organisations, the Trust does not hold cancellation insurance. Consequently the loss of holiday course income will have a financial impact on our charitable activities. A full refund is available on request.

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Please take a look at our Terms and Conditions of Booking.

Children must be aged between a confident 8 years and 14 years old. No previous sailing experience is needed, sailors are grouped according to ability.

We collect the children by boat at 09:30 hrs for morning or 14:00 hrs for afternoon courses from either Helford River Sailing Club pontoons (Golden Gear steps when the tide is too low), or Helford Passage beach (outside The Ferryboat Inn). If for any reason your child cannot attend please notify us by 08:30am on 07393 548761. We return by 12:30pm for morning courses and by 17:00 hrs for afternoon courses.

All Sailors are fitted with HRCST Buoyancy Aids, but they can wear their own if preferred. Wetsuits are ideal though not absolutely essential. Sailors must have shoes that can get wet. A light windproof jacket is also good, particularly if the forecast is unfavourable. Something to eat and drink on the homeward journey is all part of the fun. A set of dry clothes at the pick up point is a good idea as we can guarantee that they will get wet!

The primary aim of the courses is to get children on the water in sailing dinghies regardless of their prior ability. Occasionally the conditions or the group dynamic may not allow this. In these cases we have many other activities to engage the children in the local marine environment. These include kayaking and rowing as well as water based team-building activities.

During your child’s course we will endeavour to work towards the RYA stage certificate appropriate to their ability. Stages 3 and 4 in particular require a substantial amount of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to complete but we will be happy to update logbooks to record your child's progress towards certification. If your child already has a logbook please bring it with you on the first day or, if you would like to buy one, please add it to your order during checkout.

2020 Joining Instructions available soon!

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Read our statement on Covid-19 and the current impact on our sailing activities.