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
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!
Summer Holiday Course Bookings
We have been looking closely at the changes to government guidelines since the further relaxation of lockdown rules were announced at the end of June. Social distancing measures have not been changed sufficiently to allow us to deliver lessons safely and successfully and therefore, with much regret, we have had to cancel this year's summer holiday courses.
The current social distancing guidelines would have a significant impact on our ability to transport children in our powerboats and result in long waiting times onshore. We move to different locations on the river during the day to suit sailing conditions and this too would be made difficult with a restriction on the numbers we can transport at any one time. We would also not be able to offer beginners’ sailing lessons because of the need for hands-on support.
As we redouble our fundraising efforts to cover the cost of the cancelled season, we are asking for your support so we can continue teaching children to sail when ordinary life returns. With this in mind we ask you to consider donating the cost of a sailing session - £25 - so that a disadvantaged child can participate free-of-charge.
We face some unique challenges by operating on a tidal river in a remote location that other sailing centres don’t, but we believe that this is part of the fun of learning to sail with us. We hope you agree and book with us again in 2021.
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!