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Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club offers a wide variety of sailing courses for adults (16+) and juniors (ages 7-17). Whether you're looking for relaxing cruising or to hone your competitive racing, learn to sail in Surrey and West London, just 15 miles from Charing Cross!
Our sailing courses combine the excitement of sailing with the laid-back atmosphere you'll only get at a friendly sailing club such as Island Barn. At the end of the sailing course, you will be invigorated, relaxed and smiling! And you'll take away a skill for life.

This section gives information about our dinghy courses and powerboat training courses and scroll down further to find useful training guides!


Adult Sailing - TrySail
The Tuesday night TrySail is the perfect opportunity to try out sailing and get a relaxed and sociable taster of the sport within an informal but structured programme. Learn to sail at a low cost, less than £15 per session and this includes 3 months membership of the sailing club!

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Junior Sailing School
The Junior Sailing School offers sailing instruction every summer Sunday afternoon for complete beginners up to skilled racers, with ages ranging from 7 to 17, in a safe, friendly, environment. Instruction is given in single handed Oppies, Toppers, Laser 4.7s, Laser Radials and double handed Fevas. No previous experience is need to join in and learn to sail.
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Adult Improve your sailing and racing skills - TryRace
For those sailors who have completed the TrySail or simply want to improve thier sailing skills and confidence then our new TryRace course offers all the training needed to take you to the finish line of a sailing race.

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Training Guide
Discover our training guide, 20 pages of lessons and techniques to help you learn to sail and improve your sailing skills.

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Technical Terms
Any profession or sport involving equipment inevitably accumulates a lexicon of technical terms. In this section we'll cover most of what you'll need to know by the end of your first serious season's sailing.
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Beginners Guide To Racing
This information is to help non-racing IBRSC members (and of course new members for the club) to join in the fun on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. This is not a racing tutorial, more of a survival guide to let you get a taste for it all.

Click here for the beginners guide to racing sail boats

Adult TRYRACE16 November 2017
RYA Safety Boat Course - October 14th & 15th, 201705 August 2017
Powerboat Assessments24 July 2013
2013 Junior Week22 June 2013
RYA Safety Boat Course02 March 2012
How To Use the Radios24 August 2011
RYA Courses Powerboat 213 September 2010
Outboard Engines Care And Feeding19 September 2009
Resue Hints19 September 2009
Racing Training14 September 2009
Further Information14 September 2009
IBRSC Training Faq14 September 2009
Safety And Rules Of the House14 September 2009
Junior Sailing School14 September 2009
Adult TrySail14 September 2009