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Where does OnBoard take place?

OnBoard sailing and windsurfing sessions take place at recognised RYA Training Centres. There are currently over 245 approved OnBoard venues in the UK. Each RYA Training Centre is inspected annually to ensure that training craft and instructors meet the high standards of the RYA.  The RYA carries out inspections to ensure that the level of tuition and the condition of the equipment remains consistently high.

Who teaches at OnBoard sessions and what will be covered?

All children are taught by a qualified RYA Instructor on a seaworthy, safe, well-maintained and suitable craft. The course follows the RYA National Sailing Scheme. Sessions are taught to a national syllabus - the RYA National Youth Sailing Scheme, which provides young people with continuity and progression. The RYA is responsible for administering the recognition system and ensuring standards of training are maintained. Instruction provided will also reflect each participant’s level of sailing or windsurfing experience.


Can teachers get involved in OnBoard?

OnBoard sessions are for children but many venues will also offer teachers the opportunity to get out on the water as well. Clubs are also often looking for volunteers to help out at OnBoard sessions or events so there are plenty of ways for teachers to get involved too.

What safety standards are in place at OnBoard clubs and centres?

All RYA Training Centres are required to produce a safety policy and operating procedures and to carry out a risk assessment. The RYA does not set safety rules but  provides guidelines for the recognised centres. This is because RYA Training Centres operate at a wide range of different venues, with different hazards and levels of risk. The Principal of each Training Centre therefore carries out their own risk assessment to make sure they they are not subjecting instructors, staff or pupils to unacceptable risks. The RYA provides guidelines on risk assessment that follow HSE advice.

Who supplies the equipment and kit for each session?

Your OnBoard venue will provide all the boats, kit, and safety equipment required for each session. Usually, all kids need to bring with them is a towel and a change of clothes.  It’s a good idea to wear old trainers and clothes that you don't mind getting wet!

How can my local Development Officer help?

Your local Development Officer will help you to make all the logistical arrangements you need to get kids out on the water and can help you to address any LEA requirements including risk assessment. They can come into your school and show pupils either as part of a lesson or an assembly what sailing and windsurfing are all about. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to add sailing and windsurfing to your school sports curriculum or extra curriculum.


I would like to get my school or youth centre involved. What do I need to do?

Just contact your local Regional Development Officer, it’s as easy as that! See our RDO contact section.

How can I find my nearest club or centre?

There are OnBoard clubs and centres right across the country. Your local RDO can help to put you in touch with your nearest. Or find the nearest club/centre to your school or youth group by using the search facility below.

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