Squad Training


Grafham Water Centre is proud to offer our world class facilities to classes and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) for their squad training.  All levels of sailors come here to train from Zones, Junior and Youth Squads up to the British Sailing Team and foreign visiting teams.


We are able to offer a wide range of facilities including:

  • Dinghy park to store your boat during the training 
  • Two dinghy slipways 
  • Soft rigging area for windsurfers 
  • Small and large lecture rooms with white boards, either a television or projector 
  • Accommodation (140 beds indoors)  
  • Canteen offering a full catering option 
  • Changing rooms with showers for male and female, under and over 18 years 
  • Drying room 
  • Event Hall for fitness training, rigging, fine tuning boats 
  • Hire of equipment e.g. Power boats, dinghies.
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The following is a guide for reference: 

  • Kill cord 
  • First Aid Kit 
  • VHF Fixed or Handheld 
  • Anchor 
  • Paddle or oars 
  • Bucket or Bailer 
  • Towline 
  • Fire Extinguisher 
  • Throwline 
  • Tool kit 
  • Sharp Knife 
  • Efficient sound signalling device 
  •  Compass 

Guidance Notes FOR TRAINERS

All Coaches/Instructors/Trainers are asked to report to reception or our Duty Manager on arrival. 

Coaches/Instructors/Trainers operating from GWC who are not contracted by the RYA, on-site partner or already on our list of approved coaches, will have to register with GWC via this Microsoft form.


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 or equivalent 
  • Current First Aid Certificate 
  • RYA Racing Coach Level 2 or 3 Certificate or equivalent 
  • Short Range VHF Certificate 
  • Valid Insurance Certificate (if being employed privately or by an organisation that does not carry appropriate insurance cover) 

Before going afloat, all coaches should: 

  • Complete risk assessment daily 
  • Where applicable, ensure a list of emergency contact details is available for all members of the group 
  • Ensure they have a VHF radio and mobile telephone with them 
  • Ensure there is a House Parent / responsible adult ashore if you have under 18’s in your group. 
  • Power boat should be equipped for the conditions. 
  • Kill cords must be worn at all times by the driver when the engine is running 
  • Driver and crew should wear be wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid whilst afloat. 


In order to comply with Anglian Waters' byelaws for Grafham Water all visiting boats must: 

  • BEFORE ARRIVING at GWC: comply with the CHECK, CLEAN & DRY procedure (see below), and 
  • BEFORE LEAVING the site: Wash your boat: wash stations are located at the cruiser park, the main gate, and the boatswain's workshop. 

The Check - Clean - Dry procedure is as follows: 

  • CHECK: Check your equipment and clothing for living organisms. Pay particular attention to areas that are damp or hard to inspect. 
  • CLEAN: Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly, use hot water where possible. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them. (Cleaning & washing must be done away from GWC when visiting).
  • DRY: Dry all equipment and clothing some species can live for many days in moist conditions. Make sure you don't transfer water elsewhere. 

Visiting Boats

Visiting boats will be randomly checked on arrival and if found to be in a condition that causes concern, will not be allowed to be brought on site.  


Any ribs that have flooding hulls are not allowed to be brought to the club. Engines should be flushed out with hot water before they are brought to GWC. 

Launching Trollies/Trailers

Trollies and trailers should not be left in the water for any longer than is necessary to launch & recover the boat.

Further information can be found at:  https://www.nonnativespecies.org/what-can-i-do/check-clean-dry/ 

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