Terms & Conditions

Terms of Payment

A 50% deposit per person is due with the completed booking form for each course. The balance of the fee is due 28 days before the start of the course. The school reserves the right without further notification to re-let reserved places where the balance of fee has not been paid by the due date..

Preferred payment is by BACS with an additional £10 administration fee if payment is made from outside of the UK. Bank details on our booking form.


Crouch sailing School reserves the right to cancel any course or activity due to bad weather or any unforeseen circumstances. Where this is necessary alternative course dates or activity will be offered. No refunds will be issued and no additional liability for compensation or expenses will be accepted by the School. Reserved places that are cancelled in writing or verbally by you prior to or on the starting date will result in the deposit or total course fee being forfeit, however we will still offer you the option to re book, It may be possible to claim under your personal or holiday insurance. In the event that any activity or course has to be commenced or terminated at any other place or time than that indicated in the programme or joining instructions it will be the students responsibility to arrange and pay for any accommodation or travel costs involved.


If a course is temporarily postponed due to unforeseen circumstances by the Crouch Sailing School no refunds will be given. But alternate dates and options will be offered.


Crouch Sailing School, its servants, agents, instructors, sailing masters do not accept any responsibility for any loss damage or injury suffered by any persons and/or their property arising out of or during the course of their activities whilst training, instructing or otherwise unless such loss or damage was caused by or resulted from negligence.


Sailing is an activity sport and it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are healthy and fit to take part. Please check with your doctor if you are in any doubt. If for whatever reason, the skipper has to put a student ashore or administer medical aid, its skipper or other employees accept no liabilities. If a health condition arises that prevents a client from taking part in a course this shall be regarded as cancellation by the client and the cancellation procedure above will apply.

Own Boat Instruction

Owner must ensure that the yacht is equipped to minimum RYA standards and is maintained in proper and seamanlike condition for the intended sailing area. Ensure that the yacht is fully insured for the duration of the instruction. Provide all travelling and out of pocket expenses for the instructor from our base at Fambridge or their home. Retain responsibility for the safety of the yacht throughout. The instructor will not take on the skipper’s responsibilities, he will advise the owner on all safety matters. If in the instructor’s opinion weather conditions, safety, or any other consideration renders it imprudent to continue, then the instructor’s decision is final, hence does not accept liability for the consequence of delay or cancellation in such circumstances.


You will have the best chance of reserving your first choice of dates if you telephone or e-mail your requirements as soon as possible. An invoice will be sent by email. Such reservations need to be confirmed with a completed booking form and deposit within 5 days. Any balance of fee is due 4 weeks before your course starts.


Your course is scheduled to end at Fambridge Yacht Haven Marina during the late afternoon of the last day. If for any reason it is necessary to terminate your course at any other place or time, you are reminded that you will be responsible for the organisation and cost of your transport and accommodation.


If in the unlikely event that you wish to make a complaint to the CSS please first address it to your Instructor, if this is not appropriate for what ever reason please contact the principal Des Purcell.

By signing our booking for you accept these terms.