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Find all our 2021 courses here and register now. Registrations can only be made through this page. It is recommended to register as early as possible as the courses can fill up quickly. All the data requested that is marked with an asterisk (*) is essential, with certain extra data being optional. All data provided by you is used exclusively in the running of our courses  and is not shared with any other organisations. If you would like the data to be deleted after the course, please let us know.

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To find out more info on our courses, visit our course information page.
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You can also get an overview of some practical details on our welcome info page.

Upcoming courses

THE SUMMER COURSE IS FULL UP. To be notified ahead of time for future courses, please send us an email.

Please complete one registration form for each skipper, selecting one or more courses.


Course 2

12 - 15 April 2021

Papercourt, Ripley

Toppers and Optimists


Course 3

26 - 29 July 2021

Papercourt, Ripley

Toppers and Optimists



What's included



All instruction at an average overall instructor/student ratio of 1:4 (the RYA standard is 1:6).

Top Quality Food

We provide elevenses snacks; a two course lunch (cooked fresh on site every day); light tea (freshly made sandwiches and cakes); and a constant supply of fruit and yoghurts on demand.

ICS T-Shirt

Each skipper will receive their own branded ICS T-Shirt, fair-trade and organic.

Course Photo Album

Access to a password protected online album of images taken during the week (usually no less than three photos of each child plus group shots).

All Relevant Awards

ICS provides any required log books as well as all awards and badges where relevant.

No Spending Money Required

We provide everything each skipper needs for the day so there is no need for spending money during an ICS course.



A deposit of £80 is required on registration. The remaining course fee should be paid when requested approximately six to eight weeks before the commencement of the course. An email will be sent as confirmation of registration, containing payment details.


For families with more than one child there is a 10% discount for the second child, a 15% discount for the third child, and a 20% discount for the fourth child.

There is a 15% discount for anyone attending a second course in the same year.

For more than one sibling attending a second course in the same year, no sibling discounts are used, instead the above 15% discount will be discounted from the full fee and applied to each skipper.

Bursaries Available

For those who would love to send their child or children on one of our courses but just can’t afford it, there are a limited number of bursaries available each year that can reduce the cost of each place by as much as 75%. Simply let Jae know in an email ( that you would like to be considered for a bursary and he will send you the relevant form.

Cancellations / Refunds

If a cancellation is made earlier than three weeks (21 days) before the start of the course, a full refund will be given (no cancellation fee).

If a cancellation is made less than three weeks before the start of the course then an 85% refund will be given (15% cancellation fee).

If a cancellation is made less than 3 days before the start of the course, a 50% refund is given (50% cancellation fee).

However, there will be no cancellation fee if, in any of these cases, the skipper is re-registered on another course either in the same year or the following year. If a cancellation is made a second time, no matter the timescale, a 50% refund is given (50% cancellation fee).

Missing a day

If a skipper is unable to attend a day of the course, if we have prior notice (upon registration and more than three weeks prior to the start of the course) a partial discount can be arranged, unless the course is oversubscribed with skippers on the waiting list. The large majority of the cost of running the course reflects the maximum number of skippers at any one time, e.g. the number of instructors required, the number of safety boats, hire boats, pre-course admin etc. For this reason, 25% of the day's value is deducted from the discount. The daily rate is £91.25 minus 25% (£23) = £68. For last minute or during the course absentees, unfortunately no refund is available.

Hire Boats

We organise hire boats from various sources. If a hire boat is required it should be requested on the registration form.

Optimist: £65 (up to around 55kg)
Topper: £95 (over 55kg)

Insurance for hire boats

All the hire boats are insured through ICS or the affiliate hirers i.e. ICS / The RYA / Papercourt SC / IOCA UK.

However, on some of our more heavily subscribed weeks these official sources are not enough to cater for the high demand for hire boats on our courses. In these cases we advertise that fact to private owners of Optimisits & / or Toppers in the hopes that they will be willing to hire out their boats to those in need. Usually the people who answer this call are members of Papercourt Sailing Club. In the case of these ‘Private Hire’ boats, insurance is the responsibility of the owner, but an agreement should be made clear between the owner and the hirer, ICS acts only to introduce the two parties in these cases and takes no responsibility for insuring these ‘private hire’ boats.

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