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Family Membership & Cadets

Some families join AYC to get involved in the Club's dinghy sailing programme, whilst others take to the water on board their yachts, day boats or motor boats.

Whether your interest is sailing or motor boating, our aim is to encourage young people and their parents to get out on the water and have fun.

Family, Cadet & Student Membership

There are currently approximately 100 cadet members of AYC. A child 7-17 years may apply to join as a cadet member in association with an adult member of their immediate family or as part of a family membership. Family membership is available for one or two co-habiting adults & their children under the age of 18 years. Discounted membership is available for those aged 18 to 25 years.

Dinghy Sailing Programme

Cadets take part in all aspects of the Club dinghy sailing programme, which runs from April to October. See Dinghy Sailing.

The AYC cannot take responsibility for unaccompanied children under 18 years. Every cadet must have a parent/responsible adult present to supervise and support activities either on the beach or on the water. We rely on parents to help with rigging dinghies, and launching/retrieving (no previous experience needed - instruction will be given!). Parents who are keen to get out on the water will find plenty of opportunities to sail themselves and many undertake powerboat training so that they can support sessions as support boat drivers.

Cadet Activities Week

This is held in the summer holidays and includes dinghy training as well as water based games and social activities. All activities are organised by parents and volunteers. Every cadet must have a parent/responsible adult present to supervise and support activities. Bookings are only open to AYC members.

Cadet & Family Social Activities

Social events and family barbeques are organized at intervals throughout the season. After sailing, the clubhouse has a number of board games to keep younger cadets occupied whilst their parents are in the bar! The Club also now has a track for 'Boules on the Beach'.

Updates about social events will be communicated by email or WhatsApp. To join the AYC Cadet & Family Social WhatsApp group please email your mobile number to (AYC members only).

Cadet Trophies

At the annual AYC Prizegiving, a number of trophies are awarded to cadets for achievements during the season, including the prestigious Lysander Trophy, which is awarded for the best overall cadet performance of the year.

RYA training

During Dinghy Sailing sessions, we aim to help cadets and adults develop their skills in a way that is complimentary to the way the RYA teaches. Due to the unpredictable nature of beach launching and the tidal nature of the river, we cannot offer formal RYA dinghy training courses in the same way that a commercial RYA sea school can. However, RYA coaching/certification weekends are held intermittently, during which an RYA Senior Instructor formally assesses the skills which members have gained during the season. 

The Club gained recognition as an RYA training centre for powerboat/safety boat courses in 2015 and also runs land-based RYA courses (First Aid, VHF radio, Diesel Engine, Day Skipper, & Yachtmaster). Senior cadets & parents have the opportunity to complete RYA powerboat level 2 training at AYC and several parents have completed the RYA safety boat course.

Cadets learning powerboat handling skills

Safeguarding at AYC

Axe Yacht Club (AYC) is committed to safeguarding children taking part in its activities from physical, sexual, or emotional harm, neglect or bullying. The AYC Safeguarding Policy can be accessed HERE.

The AYC Safeguarding Welfare Officer is Ashley Tubbs

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