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    Posted: 10 Mar 09 at 12:59pm
Not sure if this is right place but can you tell me where I can attend this course in Scotland, I live in Stirling, at a reasonable price in 2009?

Ideally I'd like to attend this next month.
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The RYA web site has a list of training centres that you can search

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There's various options. Commercial, try Port Edgar sailing school.
Non commercial, there's various clubs in the area that are teaching centres, but you'll probably have to take out a year's membership to take a course, and dates and places will be limited. I used to be a member and instructor (when I lived in that part of the country) at Loch Venachar SC- they have a combined Start Sailing ad Basic Sailing over two weekends in May, and can recommend them- it's a fantastic club. I'd recommend that you do the Basic Sailing as well regardless of where you intend to learn.

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Thanks folks, Loch Venachar is expensive, you need to pay a joining fee, plus the annual membership and training costs!

Think it will be Port Edgar.
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But where do intend to sail once you've learned?
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I've never sailed before, so this is a real "taster" for me - I'm not critisiing the prices at Venachar either - it's a great location for me should I keep sailing, however will cost about 265 to do the course..

Join - 125
Membership - 90
Course - 50

Port Edgar is only about 120 for the 2 day course.
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Fair enough- once the course has convinced you it's a good idea to keep sailing, the annual membership is really rather good value. I'd forgotten the joining fee was quite so high by comparison.
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Bear in mind many sailing clubs will let you do courses without joining at the full rate. I know that course fees at my club are inclusive of a 'training' membership for insurance porpoises and the like.
Have you looked at Dalgety Bay SC or Largo Bay SC on the forth, or Newburgh SC on the Tay?
There's the outdoor centre at Lochore Meadows country park.
Maybe Linlithgow Loch SC or Clyde Cruising Club at Bardowie but can't find much info on the web on those.
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Unless it has restarted, Linlithgow Loch SC has been out of existence since (I think) 2002.

Checking, Venachar do indeed allow adults to join as "training" members, with the cost deducted from the fees if/when you join properly- and from Stirling, it's a lot quicker to get there than the Fife coast clubs.
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