Where are the schools?
TTSA currently supervises sailing schools at three locations around the country:
- TTSA, Harts Cut, Chaguaramas.
- Vessigny Vikings, Vessigny Beach.
- Point Fortin Pirates, Point Fortin.
Learn to Sail
During sailing lessons you might practise skills from any of the stages of the National Training Scheme. It all depends on how much sailing experience you have, what level of sailor you are and who’s there to teach you. A National Training Scheme logbook will be available for to tick off sailing skills achieved within the stages of the scheme
How often do lessons take place?
Most lessons take place on Saturdays but lessons can be taken at any time during the week from Tuesday to Friday depending on your sailing school’s programme.
What happens the first time I sail?
Normally you’ll sail a small boat by yourself or with a friend, with an instructor nearby. You get in the boat and they show you what to do! In a nutshell, they show you the ropes and tell you all you need to know to get going. They make everything easy to understand and get you ready to have a go.
Can I go out on my own?
As you can imagine, there are all sorts and sizes of boat to sail. Some that are just for one and others you can sail with your friends. We always go out as a group – even if you’re in a boat by yourself.
Will I get wet?
Yes, that’s part of the fun! If the wind is light or you’re in a more stable steady boat then you’ll only get a few splashes. However, if it’s windy or in a boat that’s closer to the water, you’ll probably get quite wet. Capsize drills will be part of your training.
What to wear on the water
If you’re sailing you’ll need some appropriate clothes. Purpose made sailing gear is available from chandleries, but it is not essential. Swimwear, shorts and a t-shirt are fine together with footwear that you don’t mind getting wet. A hat and sun screen are essential and, whenever you’re on or near the water, you must wear the buoyancy aid provided.
Do I need to be able to swim? What if I can't swim?
Everyone who goes sailing has to wear a buoyancy aid – even if they’re an Olympic swimmer! A buoyancy aid makes you float, keeping you safe if you fall in. Yes, it’s helpful if you can swim, but most importantly you need to be confident about being in the water.
When do sailing lessons take place?
Our sailing schools shadow the school term dates. Check the school pages on our website
www.ttsailing.org for further details and dates or call Hedge Shuter on 623 1216
What is the selection process?
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