Local Mum Janet gets “Women on the Water”

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Janet and her family joined Rudyard Lake Sailing Club in May 2013 at the club Open Day, having just moved into the area – none of the family had sailed before.

Having 4 children, Janet spent the first year watching them learn to sail. She then progressed to completing her Powerboat training so she could help with the children’s sessions and watch her children out on the water,  instead of only being able to watch from the shore. Janet then went on to learn to sail herself so she could go out and sail with her kids.

In February 2015, Janet successfully completed her training to become a Dinghy Instructor (Coach Level 2). She says: “I was repairing the safety boat down at the sailing club when I was asked if I could join the instructor training course because they needed an additional candidate to allow the course to run … and the rest is history.”




However, things unfortunately took a turn for the worse – Janet says: “Immediately after becoming a Dinghy Instructor I snapped the ligaments in my knee in a skiing accident on holiday. I had a leg brace for 4 months, however it was an ideal opportunity to show that you can still sail with such injuries.”

To this day Janet has helped with training both children and adults at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club. She also runs the “Women on the Water” sessions on Thursday mornings. This session is for female club members of all ages to come down and sail in a friendly and supportive environment. The session usually finishes with cakes and hot or cold drink.


Janet sailing

Janet teaching at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club.


Janet also trains the mums to sail as part of the Home Schooling project; this project was initially funded using the This Girl Can Activation Fund in 2017. The project is all about giving mums some “me time” on the water. It also allows mums and children to learn to sail at the same time – this is often in parallel sessions and sometimes together.


Janet sailing

Janet training mums to sail in the “Home Schooling Project”.


She also helps with training children at the clubs regular junior training sessions (Jybaz) at the weekend, as well as helping to train adults on the adult training courses which run at the club.

As part of an Aspiring Female Instructor project being run in the Midlands, Janet successfully completed her Senior Instructor (Coach Level 3) training in April 2018.

Janet is now wanting to progress to becoming an Advanced Instructor, so that she can teach children and adults performance sailing techniques. She says: “I will be glad of some funding to help towards the training I need to complete in order to progress to achieving my next sailing instructor goal.”

Rudyard Lake Sailing Club will be running an Open Day on Monday 6th May, come for a sail, go out in a powerboat or just come and visit the club, you will be very welcome.

You can find the website here.