Learning with NSSC

NSSC offers a wide range of Adult and Youth Training courses both on and off the water, including RYA courses and follow-on opportunities for you to practise and hone your skills.

Come to us at any age armed only with a willingness to learn, a bit of spare-time, a modest wallet, a liking for getting wet and we’ll send you away as a sailor, a wind-surfer or a powerboat helm. We’ll then give you the opportunity to practice those skills, take follow-on courses and join in with all the activities the club offers be it gentle free-sailing at Piddinghoe, wind-surfing experiences or racing on the sea. You don’t need your own boat, expensive clothing (just look at some of our good sailors) or membership of the club. Most courses are offered to the public as well as members.

Having perused the sections below about the courses on offer, their dates and costs don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information: trainingnssc@nssc.org.uk.

Adult Dinghy Sailing Courses

You are never too old to learn to sail and under the watchful eye of an instructor you will soon become comfortable with the basic principles of sailing. Read more about our adult dinghy sailing courses here: Adult Dinghy Sailing

Adult Powerboat Courses

RYA Powerboat courses provide you with skills and knowledge that will come in useful if you wish to drive the club RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boats) on the sea or our safety boats at Piddinghoe. You also get a certificate that can allow you to hire powerboats around the world. Read more here: Adult Powerboat

Shore Based Courses

We offer courses for First Aid. And new for 2022 we are now offering a scheduled RYA Day-Skipper Theory Course

Look here for more details: Shore Based Training


Learn to windsurf on our Piddinghoe lake. See more here: RYA Windsurfing Courses

On-Demand Courses

We have the ability to offer various types of training but will only schedule them when the demand is there. these range from VHF Radio courses, through Instructor Training (dinghy and powerboat) and Day Skipper Theory courses. See more here: On-Demand Courses

Youth Training

Our youth training scheme is one of the major features of the club, comprising formal RYA learning and less formal sessions where the cadets have so much fun they don’t realise how much real RYA training is going on: Youth Training

SUP & Kayak Training

NSSC is working with Brighton Watersports to offer stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) and kayak courses. These will be at Brighton beach or Piddinghoe. See their web-site for more details: Brighton Watersports

Instructor Training

We now offer an RYA Dinghy Instructor Course (over 16 year olds) and an Assistant Dinghy Instructor Course (under 16 years old). See more here: Instructor Training

Training Dates, Costs and Booking

Once you’ve checked out the details of the courses you’re after through the links above you’ll want to know when they’re on, how much they cost and how to book. That’s all managed through our Webcollect system where you can complete your booking. Click on this link and you’ll be taken to the relevant section: Webcollect Training