Go Sailing Advice


Where do you start sailing? Can you go on a course? What advice can you find? Do I need insurance?

All these questions can be answered by contacting any of the training centres below:


Depending on age there are two main bodies in UK sailing and both work closely together to offer world reknown training and certificates for all levels of sailing.




NSSA - National School Sailing Association

The primary aim of the NSSA is promoting sailing as part of the educational experience of young people. The National School Sailing Association was set up in 1961 by a group of school teachers who recognised the value that sailing offered youngsters as part of their wider development.



RYA - Royal Yachting Association

The RYA is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft.


Local Herts/Essex RYA Training Centres


A good start would be to look at the RYA website 'Find a Training Centre' where you can search for courses at certfified RYA Training Centres. VR can recommend any of the following local Herts/Essex RYA training centres who offer various types of courses:


Bradwell Centre for Outdoor Learning

Bradwell Waterside, Southminster, Essex CM0 7QY

Tel: 01621 776256


Broxbourne Watersports & Sailing Centre

North Lake, Meadgate Road, Nazing, Essex EN9 2PB

Tel: 07711 657044 E: blygoe@btinternet.com


ESSA (Enfield Scout Sailing Association) - Open to the public as well as Scouts/Guides

Central Lagoon, Meadgate Road, Nazing, Essex EN9 2PB

Tel: 07773 449205


Hertford County S C

Marsh Lane, Stansted Abbots, Herts SG12 8HL

Tel: 01920 870485


Herts Young Mariners Base

Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts EN8 9AJ

Tel: 01992 628403


King George S C

Lea Valley Road, Chingford E4 7PX

Tel: 020 8529 4250


Stewartby Water Sports Club

The Clubhouse, Stewartby Lake, Green Lane, Stewartby, Bedford MK43 9LY

Tel: 01234 767751 E: learn2sail@swsc.org.uk





Noble Marine are specialist insurance brokers providing boat insurance for most types of pleasure craft in the UK - a great start is to take a look at their 'Online Support' section which will answer most if not all of your questions. To buy insurance on-line, renew an existing policy, or submit a claim, please visit the Noble Marine website.
Alternatively, to speak to a member of the team, give them a call on 01636 707606 or ring their claims line on 01636 675888.