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RYA Recognised Training Centre & RYA Pathway Club

Policies, Processes and Procedures

Principal : John Lewis

Training & Administration : Sheela Lewis

  • CAYC Safeguarding Policy & Procedures Download
  • CAYC Data Protection Policy Download
  • Good Practice for Coaches & Volunteers Download
  • RTC_CAYC Feedback or Complaints Form Download
  • RYA Keeping Current Training Notes & Guidance Links. Updates or changes to RYA requirements for training centres, instructors and courses are issued at this link.

Updated March July 2019

Overview of RTC Structure

County Antrim Yacht Club is affiliated to the RYA and has been operating as a RTC for over 30 years with a successful record of training activities. Each year approx. 3-4 weeks of summer Youth Sailing Schemes take place offering places to 40+ children from 8 yrs upwards. National Sailing Schemes are also scheduled across evenings and weekends facilitating sail training for approx. 6-9 Adults. With investment into developing sailing skills to racing skills the Club was awarded RYA Champion Club status and we now have a strong team of L2 Race Coaches delivering race training across 8-10 weekends throughout March, April, May & June. This is generally aimed towards juniors at stage 3/4 with a few years of sailing experience. 2018 the Club was re-accreditation as a Pathway Club.

The Club has 5 x Toppers (3 of which were awarded by JMST Scheme). The 2x JMST Toppers have subsequently been loaned for a further year to members for their exclusive use. 2 x Picos, 2 x RS Visions, 1 xGP14, 1 x RS Feva that facilitate non boat owners to take part in sailing and racing activities. In 2016 the Club added the 2 Visions to the Fleet and sold off two very old GP14s. 2019 the RTC was updated to include RYA First Aid and Marine Radio (SRC) courses.

Powerboat L1/L2 and Safety Boat courses are run each year, usually facilitating at least 6 -9 members in this area. Our difficulty is the measure of our success in sailing in that finding a weekend to complete the course is difficult as the RIBs are often in use ! We are now targeting this training early or late in the season. We also secured a 4th RIB for the Club in 2015. Engines are refreshed every few years to ensure all resources are operating at peak efficiency.

To support all of these activities the Club also promotes the ongoing training requirements for First Aid, Club Race Officers, Rules awareness and Safeguarding Child Protection. This governance is also provided by our Clubmark accreditation awarded by SportNI. Re-validated in March 2016.

Safety / First Aid for Parents & Guardians

All courses require students to complete a Medical / Consent form as part of the registration process.

If your child suffers a concussion on a course or outside of the course, it is vitally important that you keep all people/organisations with responsibility for caring for your child informed so that they are aware of the potential dangers and any restrictions that may apply to the activities your child is permitted to do. The 'Recognise and Remove' leaflet produced by the Department of Education and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is available on the Department of Education's website and provides guidance on the signs to look out for. Link to Leaflet :Recognise and Remove'

Keeping everyone informed about concussion is in your child's best interests and parents/guardians have a key role in making sure that information is passed on to their sports coach, youth leader or other care provider.


Senior Instructor (6): John Lewis, Colin de Fleury (Keelboat endorsed), Steffi Lewis, Jocelyn Hill, Scott Carse, Richard Robinson (Keelboat endorsed)

Dinghy Instructors (6): Hannah Robinson, Jenny Lewis, Henry Cavan, Emily Hill, Andrew Mitchell, Ellen MCCarlie, Timmy Robinson, James Corbett & Taylor Black

(Alex Costley & Jack Entwistle to re-validate with First Aid Cert)

Level 2 Race Coaches (9): Sheela Lewis, Ben Ferris, Alistair McCarlie, Scott Carse, John Lewis, Jocelyn Hill, Andrew Mitchell, Rory McKenna, and Gavin Pollard

Powerboat Instructors (5): John Lewis, Colin de Fleury, Rory McKenna and Richard Robinson, Simon Exley

First Aid Instructors (2) Simon Exley & Jane Conradie

SRC /VHF: Richard Robinson & Assessor : Simon Exley

Assistant Instructors (11): Peter Shannon, Jonny Wilson, Jenna McCarlie, Amy Armstrong, Hannah Todd, Nadia Taylor, Caitlin MacManus, Ellen Barbour, Michael Rock and Daniel Corbett

Volunteers (Future DIs / AIs) Rory Nethercott

External resources: Senior Instructor & Powerboat Instructor : Graham Moucka

Website Address:

Club Zone: County Antrim Yacht Club / 370291


Last updated 09:49 on 17 June 2020

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