Yacht Sail Training Centre: Code of Conduct

January 2019

Code of Conduct

As a school we want everyone to enjoy their sailing in a safe and pleasant environment where everyone is treated with respect and understanding. Yacht Sail Training has a simple “Code of Conduct” which is set out below and is also available to view within our website under “Code of Conduct” and which we feel sure all members and their families will and should adhere to.

Yacht Sail Training Association Code of Conduct:

It is the policy of Yacht Sail Training that all participants, coaches, instructors, officials, parents and volunteers show respect and understanding for each other, treat everyone equally within the context of the sport and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the course / class / event or fun day.  The aim is for all participants to enjoy their course / class / event or fun day and to improve their performance and enjoyment within a sailing environment.

Abusive language, swearing, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action. 

Sailors & Participants

  • Listen to and accept what you are asked to do to improve your performance, keep you safe and ensure the smooth running of a course / class / event or fun day.
  • Respect other participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers
  • Abide by the rules and play / study fairly
  • Do your best at all times
  • Never bully others either in person, by phone, by text or online
  • Take care of all property belonging to other participants, the class or its member.

Parents / Under 18

  • Support your child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in something they don’t wish to partake in.
  • Never punish or belittle a child (your own or another child) for losing or making mistakes
  • Encourage and guide your child to accept responsibility for their own conduct and performance
  • Respect and support participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers
  • Accept officials’ judgements and recognise good performance by all participants
  • Use established procedures where there is a genuine concern or dispute
  • Inform the school of relevant medical information
  • Ensure that your under 18 wears suitable clothing and has appropriate food and drink
  • Provide contact details and be available when required
  • Take responsibility for your child’s safety and conduct in and around the course / class / event or fun day.


Coaches, Instructors, Officials and Volunteers

  • Consider the welfare and safety of participants before the development of performance
  • Encourage participants to value their performance and not just results
  • Promote fair studying and never condone cheating
  • Ensure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
  • Build relationships based on mutual trust and respect
  • Work in an open environment
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people
  • Be an excellent role model and display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke when working directly with young people
  • Communicate clearly with parents and participants
  • Be aware of any relevant medical information
  • Follow RYA and class guidelines and policies
  • Holders of RYA Instructor and Coach qualifications must also comply with the RYA Code of Conduct
  • Holders of RYA Race Official appointments must also comply with the RYA Race Officials Code of Conduct.

If you are concerned that someone is not following the Code of Conduct, you should inform one of the following:

  • Yacht Sail Training Principal – Jonathan Colwell
  • Yacht Sail Training Chief Instructor – Marcus Caston
  • Yacht Sail Training Operations Management – Geoffrey Woodcock
  • Royal Yachting Association.



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