We are offering 2 separate courses this year just after Easter:
BEGINNERS (RYA JUNIOR STAGES 1-2 / ADULT LEVEL 1) COURSE FULL
IMPROVERS (RYA JUNIOR STAGES 2-3 / ADULT LEVEL 2) LAST FEW SPACES LEFT!
COVID 19: We are hoping that rules and guidance should be more relaxed by the time our courses start. Our measures are guided by advice from the RYA about applying precautions to waterborne activities. Our preference is that course members should be fully vaccinated, unless under the minimum age, and should definitely not attend the course if they are exhibiting signs of the virus.
- 10 places are available on each course. Youngsters should be at least 10 years old.
- You must be a member of DYC before you start your training course.
- Sessions will mostly be on Saturdays. Times vary because of tides (see table).
- We will mostly be using single-handers (Toppers & Qubas) for the Beginners course and 2-handers (Argos & Wayfarers) for the Improvers course.
- The training fleet will be supervised by a RYA Senior Instructor.
- An introductory evening will give beginners practical advice before the course.
- In the event of a no-sail we will work ashore on theory and practical tasks. If sessions have to be shortened youngsters’ families will be contacted.
- Cost is £95 per person. This includes boat use, support boat cover, instruction afloat & ashore, RYA books and certification, insurance.
- In the event of a ‘no sail’ being declared for an individual session we will cover elements of theory and undertake practical activities on land so trainees will still gain valuable experience and practice. In the event of DYC having to cancel any sailing sessions before the date of the sessions we will refund an appropriate fraction of the course fee. In the event of DYC having to cancel the course your course fee will be refunded in full.
- If applicants have to miss individual sessions unfortunately we will not be able to arrange a refund. In the event of an applicant having to cancel their application for the course we will endeavour to find a new applicant. If successful, a refund will be arranged.
- We will always try to be flexible if people’s circumstances change so individual cases will be looked at on their merits.
* WRITE THE DATES STRAIGHT INTO YOUR DIARY!! *
|Wed 13 Apr||Beginners introduction (Zoom)||19:30||20:15||–|
|Sat 30 Apr||Beginners 1||09:30||14:30||13:11|
|Sat 7 May||Beginners 2||14:00||18:15||17:01|
|Sat 14 May||Beginners 3||09:00||13:00||11:44|
|Sun 22 May||Beginners 4||15:00||19:30||18:08|
|Thu 19 May||Improvers introduction (Zoom)||19:30||20:00||–|
|Sat 28 May||Improvers 1||09:00||13:30||12:01|
|Sat 4 Jun||Improvers 2||13:00||17:30||16:07|
|Sat 11 Jun||Improvers 3&4 Downriver day||10:00||19:00||10:08 / 22:31|
- Warm clothes that are OK to get wet; hat & gloves/mittens
- Several thin layers or wet suit & layers
- Water- & wind-proof jacket and trousers (or spraysuit)
- Buoyancy aid (we advise you to buy your own but you can borrow one from us)
- Wetsuit boots or other suitable footwear like old trainers (not garden wellies)
- Towel and change of clothes
- Your RYA LOGBOOK if you have done a previous course
Weil’s Disease or Leptospirosis – Notice for Club Members
This notice provides some information on the disease and how to recognise it. The RYA advises that the risk of contracting the disease in tidal waters is low.
What is leptospirosis?
Two types of leptospirosis infection can affect workers in the UK.
Weil’s disease – This is a serious and sometimes fatal infection that is transmitted to humans by contact with urine from infected rats.
The Hardjo form of leptospirosis – This is transmitted from cattle to humans.
What are the symptoms?
Both diseases start with a flu-like illness with a persistent and severe headache, which can lead to vomiting and muscle pains and ultimately to jaundice, meningitis and kidney failure. In rare cases the diseases can be fatal.
Who is at risk?
Anyone who is exposed to rats, rat or cattle urine or to fetal fluids from cattle is at risk. Farmers are now the main group at risk for both Weil’s disease and cattle leptospirosis: the cattle form is a special risk for dairy farmers.
- Other people who have contracted leptospirosis in recent years include vets, meat inspectors, butchers, abattoir and sewer workers.
- Workers in contact with canal and river water are also at risk.
How might I catch it?
The bacteria can get into your body through cuts and scratches and through the lining of the mouth, throat and eyes after contact with infected urine or contaminated water, such as in sewers, ditches, ponds and slow-flowing rivers. People working in dairy parlours are often in contact with cattle urine. Rat urine may also contaminate animal feed stuffs on farms.
How can I prevent it?
- Get rid of rats. Don’t touch them with unprotected hands.
- Wash cuts and grazes immediately with soap and running water and cover all cuts and broken skin with waterproof plasters before and during work.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Wash your hands after handling any animal, or any contaminated clothing or other materials and always before eating, drinking or smoking.
What else should I do?
Report any illness to your doctor. Tell the doctor about your work and show this card. Leptospirosis is much less severe if it is treated promptly. If your doctor decides you have leptospirosis that you think may have been contracted during club activities please inform the Secretary or Assistant Secretary.
To the doctor
The patient’s leisure activity may expose him/her to the danger of leptospirosis (either L. icterohaemorrhagiae or L. hardjo). Early diagnosis and treatment are vital in Weil’s disease as jaundice is often absent in the early stages. The illness in L. hardjo may also be greatly shortened by appropriate antibiotic treatment. (Your local Public Health Laboratory Service or hospital consultant microbiologist should be able to offer advice and serological testing.)