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Try Sails

Taster Sessions

Try Sail dates for 2017

Currently we have taster sailing sessions in May 2017

  • Diver Coxswain assessment
    17th February 2018
    08:30 - 16:00

In the five-hour Diver Coxswain assessment you will be orally tested on your theory knowledge of boat safety equipment, what to do in an emergency, knots and rules of the road. You will be practically assessed on your skills covering: o    Voyage planning o    Boat preparation and safety o    Boat handling and manoeuvres o    Anchoring (more…)

  • 22nd February 2018
    19:00 - 21:00

On Thursday 22nd February, we will be hosting an Open Members Night when we would like to see all of our members – young and old – come down to the club and find out how they can get more involved. Nothing happens in the club – big or small, one-off or regular, – without (more…)

  • Compressor Operator SDC
    10th March 2018
    09:00 - 16:00

You will learn about the design and working parts of gas compressors, and the air quality that divers need and how to test for it. You will also learn about cylinder regulations and become competent at compressor operation and cylinder filling. The half-day course consists of four theory sessions, an open forum, and a practical session. (more…)

  • Practical Rescue Management
    11th March 2018
    08:30 - 17:00

On this one-day course you will learn to manage the resources at your disposal in order to make the most effective use of them in a rescue. There is a mixture of theory and practical sessions covering the rescue management process, including removing casualty to a point of safety, first aid priorities, summoning emergency services (more…)

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2- Graham Construction
    29th November 2018 - 30th November 2018
    09:30 - 17:00

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

Instructors: All our instructors are RYA (Royal Yachting Association) trained and certified. We use those qualified and experienced in Safetyboat driving and first aid as well as sailing.

Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre. You are insured while you are here participating in our programmes. We are ideally situated in a sheltered bay with a sandy sea-bed on Belfast Lough. Sometimes we do try-a-sail sessions in Bangor Harbour.

What to expect: We will look after you from when you arrive at BYC until when you finish your session. We will explain how to gear up, what boats you will be sailing in and we will give you an experience on the water. All our sessions are aimed at being fun and safe. We also hope that you will take away some new knowledge of the sea and appreciation for our natural environment.

What is provided: we provide wet-suits, spray jackets and buoyancy aids, boats and all the instruction. There are hot showers, changing rooms and toilets as well an indoor area to be based in should some people prefer not to go on the water. There are coffee and snacks machines also. All those sailing will be in boats with instructors and rescue cover will be provided too of course.

What to bring:

  • warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body
  • a hat
  • gloves (cycling gloves are good if you don’t have sailing ones)
  • trainers that you don’t mind getting wet ! (not wellington boots)
  • lots of warm socks
  • change of clothes
  • towel
  • plastic bin bag for wet clothes
  • long hair must be tied back and is best covered with a hat / cap minimal jewellery
  • A bottle for water to stop dehydration
  • MEDICATION (inhalers etc.)

Weather: If the weather is really poor the session will have to be cancelled. We will do our best to get you out on another day.  Please keep in touch about the weather. Where to find out more information: just email