Training and Membership FAQs

New member enquiries – How do I visit the club?

What is the best time to visit and see the club?

  • Sunday morning (all year round) arrive at 9.45-10am.
  • Thursday evening (May-Aug). Arrive at 6pm

Will someone meet me?

  • Members arrive at this time for regular sailing, so please introduce yourself and they will grant you access.
  • Please also email enquiries@kgsc.org.uk so we know to expect you.

How does the gate work?

  • The gate must always remain closed (as per Thames Water instructions). Once you become a member, you will be provided with a key so that you can come and go as you please.

New member enquiries – Adult (No Experience)

Do you teach people to sail?

  • Yes!

How does it work?

  • Send a booking request to enquiries@kgsc.org.uk to reserve your place. Note, priority is given on a first come first served basis. Payment is taken in advance of the course to ensure we have the correct ratio of instructors to trainees.
  • Courses are Royal Yachting Association (RYA) compliant which means wherever you go, the accreditation is recognised.

What happens after the course?

  • Our onsite instructors run sail training days on a Saturday. This is designed for all sailors to sail together and share learning experience.

Are the courses free?

  • Courses are £90 which is a club sponsored rate, however you must become a member to obtain the sponsored price.

Can I attend a course if I am not a member?

  • Not at this time, no. As a club we have decided to concentrate on training club members.

Next Steps?

New member enquiries – Adult (Experienced)

How does it work?

If you sailed previously you have three options

  • Take a refresher course.

See details on our courses on the Training page.

  • Sail on a ‘Better Sailing Saturday’

Supervised informal training sessions for improving sailors. Ideal to practice new skills in a safe environment.

  • Attend the club racing on a Sunday.

Whilst the racing can sound daunting, all our members are very welcoming and keen to encourage to new members

Do I need my own boat or windsurfer?

  • For the training courses, the club provides boats and windsurfers.
  • We also have boats (RS FEVA, Wayfarer, Laser, Laser Pico) and a selection of windsurf boards and rigs which you can rent on a daily basis
  • For members looking to sailing on a regular basis, the club recommends purchasing your own boat or windsurf kit. For inexperienced sailors, it’s best to discuss the type of craft with an instructor first.