Proud to be an RYA Recognised Training Centre

Norfolk Broads Yacht Club maintains a high standard of sail training, power boat courses and mentoring for members and non-members throughout the year, running both mid-week & weekends. There is something for all ages & abilities.

Please find below important course information and dates for your 2024 diary. Our courses will be bookable online via WebCollect throughout the year. If you cannot see the course you would like to book, please contact us on


NBYC offers a Junior coaching and mentoring programme to sailors over the age of 8 and under 18. This is accessible both to those new to the sport and those competing at a high level. The programme is delivered through our RYA Sailing School by our RYA trained instructors and coaches. The Club also offers formal and friendly racing throughout the season, and is a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club.

While your children are afloat, parents are welcome to enjoy the panoramic views of the Wroxham Broad from the comfort of the club house, meaning you can see your young sailor whilst they are on the water. The club house offers drinks, food, and has its own licensed bar (opening times of catering varies through the season).

Training is based around two junior classes, Optimists and Toppers (5.3 and 4.2 rigs). The club also has a fleet of 4 RS Fevas which are used for double handed training.

These week long camps run at Easter and during the summer holidays – called Cadet Weeks – and are very popular with the membership. They are a 5 day course, starting at 0930, finishing at 1530, daily. Run by RYA Qualified Instructors, there are several levels to choose from. The focus is on fun, learning new skills and building confidence on the water.

Water Rats: For those with no prior sailing experience, this is a fun water confidence course. (Please note this is not an RYA Certified Course). Summer only – age 7+.

RYA Stage 1: Covering a basic understanding of how a boat sails, steering and handling of a dinghy. Age 8+.

RYA Stage 2: Builds on Stage 1, creating a confident small boat sailor. Age 8+.

RYA Stage 3: Building on Stage 2, covering sailing in any direction, rigging and launching your own boat. Age 8+.

RYA Stage 4: Learning how to sail a double handed boat as helm or crew and solving a variety of problems afloat. Age 8+.

Further Sailing/3+: For those who have completed their Stage 3, and wish to progress their skills, confidence and boat handling.

RYA Start Racing: Designed to give sailor the confidence, skills, and knowledge to participate in racing in good conditions. For those who have completed their Stage 3.

RYA Club and Regional Racing: Taking more than one sailing week to complete, these higher-level racing qualifications take the sailor through the key principles of starting, boat handling, boat speed, strategy and tactics, and teach skills to prepare for open meetings and higher-level competition.

RYA Seamanship: For those who have completed their stage 3. Undertaken in double-handed boats, the seamanship course focuses on advanced boat handling and solving problems on the water.

Who can attend: Members Only

Age restrictions: Yes. Minimum age 7 for Summer (Water Rats) and 8 for Easter (as at date of course). 
Previous Experience: None for Water Rats or RYA Stage 1.
Note: Children aged 10 and under must have a loco parentis on site during the course.
Several other RYA training courses are also run throughout the year in half term holidays. Please keep an eye on the website for further details and booking.

The following are for Sailors who are members.

Saturday Morning Sailing: Join us for Saturday Sailing throughout the 2024 season. Progress your sailing skills, learn new things and have fun with your friends. For NBYC Junior Members who have completed their RYA stage 1, and are aged 8 or above. If the weather is not favourable for on the water training we will, where possible, offer land based tuition or transfer your booking to another date. Booking essential – Please book via webcollect. We look forward to seeing you – please be here dressed, rigged and ready to sail at 10am!

Fun Wednesday Racing: Running through the season (late April to mid-October) on the water at 1830, these sessions are part of Club Sailing and the broad is very busy. Therefore these sessions are only suitable for confident sailors with knowledge of racing and experience of sailing the prevailing wind conditions. Note: if you are unsure of your sailor’s ability, please speak to your Saturday coach. These sessions are run by volunteers and are free to attend. Parental assistance is appreciated. Who can attend: Members Only. How to apply: Just turn up on the line & enjoy!

NBYC Adult Sail Training

NBYC offers a comprehensive adult training programme which is available to all members. This is accessible to both those new to the sport and looking for beginner lessons, and those who are confident club sailors looking to improve their racing or boat handling skills. The programme is delivered through our RYA Sailing School by our RYA trained instructors and coaches.

Training is undertaken in either single handed adult dinghies (Lasers) or in double handed keelboats (Yeomans). Adults training is offered both on an individual (1:1) basis with one of our instructors, or as part of a larger group on one of our organised courses. We follow the RYA syllabuses for many of our courses, although sessions can also be tailored to your individual skills and aspirations.

We routinely offer the following courses throughout a season. If you have course requirements not listed below, please do contact us and we will be happy to arrange a bespoke course to suit your needs:

RYA Level 1: Start Sailing. Offers a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background knowledge –to get you started in a sailing boat.

RYA Level 2: Basic Skills. Building on the Level 1, this course builds your knowledge to be able to sail independently in light winds.

RYA Level 3: Better Sailing. This course consolidates your knowledge to improve sailing technique and independent sailing skills, whilst offering a variety of introductions to more advanced skills.

RYA Seamanship Skills: Building on the Level 3, this course builds your skills to manoeuvre your boat in a seamanlike manner and make independent decisions in moderate conditions.

Improve your Racing: Our exceptionally popular (non RYA) course caters for those who either have an interest or are already out and racing in a fleet, building some of the key skills needed to achieve success around a race course.

Individual Coaching: Run by our Instructor Team, individual (1:1) sessions can be booked to offer either formal or informal on water teaching. Your instructor will build a programme with you directly to get the most from your time on the water.

Who can attend: Members

How to apply: Keep an eye on the website for published course dates. If you would like a bespoke course, or no dates are currently suitable, please contact the training team to organise a suitable course.

NBYC Powerboat Training

NBYC offers a number of RYA powerboating courses, with training undertaken in both our planning and displacement craft at NBYC. These courses are accessible both to those with no powerboating experience, and those looking to further their skills.

RYA Level 1 Start Powerboating:
Course Aim: To provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats.
Minimum age: 8
Pre-Requisites: None
Course Duration: 1 Day
RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling:
Course Aim: To teach boat handing and seamanship in powerboats. The Level 2 is an internationally recognised qualification which is often a basic pre-requisite to boat hire.
Minimum age: 12
Pre-Requisites: None
Course Duration: 2 Days
RYA Safety Boat:
Course Aim: To develop the techniques used in powerboats to allow drivers to offer sailing fleet support, safety and rescue cover and assisting in race management.
Minimum age: 16
Pre-Requisites: RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling. It is also recommended that candidates have at least a season’s experience of driving powerboats (following their Level 2 qualification) prior to undertaking the Safety Boat course.
Course Duration: 2 Days
Who can attend? Members
How to apply: Courses are regularly scheduled by the training team – keep an eye on the website for published dates. If no dates are currently suitable, please contact the training team to organise a suitable course.