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Opening Hours

Scaling Dam is situated on the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors approximately half way between Guisborough and Whitby on the A171 road. As a minimum, the Clubhouse is open [every weekend from the beginning of March through to the end of November] between 10am and 5pm and every Wednesday and Friday [from the beginning of April through to the end of September] between 10am and 8pm. Where a keyholder is present the club can remain open beyond these hours. Overnight camping is permitted within club grounds and when members are camping the changing rooms & toilets can be left accessible overnight.

Water Safety Policy

During advertised sailing sessions the club relies on members completing duties to ensure that there is a manned rescue boat on the water. In the event that the rota'd duty crews do not attend, or for sailing outside of advertised sailing sessions, Buddy Sailing may take place where the following conditions are met:

  • There shall always be at least two craft on the water at any one time so that one is available to stand by and give assistance if the other should get into difficulties. Those craft shall stay within sight of each other at all times and should keep a lookout for other craft.
  • For insurance purposes and to prevent unauthorised access, Buddy sailing is for club members only. Guests may not be introduced and boats not owned by club members cannot be sailed.
  • Junior members (under the age of 16) shall only be allowed on the water when 'buddy' sailing is in operation if they are qualified to RYA Windsurfing Certificate Level 2 or RYA Level 2 or above and are sailing as part of a group comprising at least two adults, one of which shall be a supervising parent or guardian in attendance at all times.
  • Adequate personal buoyancy as defined in the bye-laws shall be worn by all sailors at all times while afloat. No person shall be afloat without the appropriate protective clothing suitable for the prevailing and forecast weather and water conditions. Compliance with this rule is the responsibility of the individual.
  • Sailing may only take place during daylight hours.
  • Sailors going afloat do so entirely at their own risk and must ensure that they are competent to sail under the conditions, have considered the weather forecast for the coming period and are able to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Summary of Club Bye Laws

Below is a summary of the key club byelaws. The full text of the byelaws and the club constitution can be found HERE and in the Clubhouse

Approved Water Sports

Approved water sports which can be practised at the club during normal sailing times are dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing/rowing and paddle boarding. Open water swimming is permitted during scheduled swimming sessions, wild swimming is not permitted.

Water Safety Manager

The committee will nominate a Water Safety Manager (WSM) to be on site during published opening hours. [The WSM will normally be the Bosun, but may be a member of the committee or a non-committee member as approved by the committee. The WSM has the authority to suspend activity on the lake if they consider it unsafe due to prevailing weather.

Safety Boat Facilities

Safety boat facilities are normally provided between 1000-1700 on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from March to November and between 1600 and 2000 on Wednesdays and Fridays between April and September. Safety Boat facilities may be available at other times for specific club activities as advertised through the website and club notice boards.

Where a manned Safety Boat is not available, sailing may take place under the Buddy Sailing conditions set out in Section 4 of this document.

Persons Under 16

When on club premises or afloat at SDSC, persons under 16 shall be directly supervised by a responsible adult member who may be a parent, guardian or adult nominated by them. Persons under 16 are not allowed to be afloat in sole charge of a dinghy or sailboard unless there is a manned Safety Boat on the water.

The responsible adult member shall ensure that all children in their care wear suitable and effective personal buoyancy at all times when in the vicinity of the water.

Personal Buoyancy and Protection

Effective personal buoyancy shall be worn at all times when afloat in all craft, safety boats and on the club jetty. If it is of the inflatable type it must be kept inflated. Nappy harnesses, wetsuits and drysuits in themselves are not considered adequate buoyancy.

Wetsuits or drysuits must be worn during March and November and are strongly recommended in April, May and October.

All craft shall be of a type suitable to the water at SDSC, and shall have adequate buoyancy to support the craft and normal crew in the event of a capsize or swamping.

Insurance and Responsibility

No craft shall be launched at Scaling Dam unless the owner confirms in writing that they hold a valid and current certificate of insurance including Third Party Liability of at least £2,000,000 which covers the craft while at Scaling Dam

Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) and Scaling Dam Sailing Club are not responsible for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person, their property or any third party in consequence of his/her entering or remaining on NWL/SDSC property and engaging in watersports or any other activity.


No craft shall enter the part of Scaling Dam defined as the Nature Reserve at the southwest corner of the resevoir which is marked by a row of orange mooring buoys.

No craft shall be used for fishing, and sailors shall avoid causing undue annoyance to bank fishermen.

All craft must leave the water when 4 white lights together with a red light are shown and repeated sound signals are made.


A member shall not introduce more than 2 guests or 1 family unit on one day, and the same guests shall not be introduced on more than 4 occasions in one year. All guests shall be signed in at the guest book kept in the club house.

Clubhouse & Grounds

Clubhouse facilities shall only be available when there is a nominated duty officer on duty. It is against the law to smoke in the clubhouse.

Dogs, other than disability assistance dogs, are not allowed in the clubhouse. Dogs kept on a lead and under control are permitted in club grounds. The owners must take responsibility for clearing up after their dog. If a dog is reported as being out of control twice in a year it shall be banned from the club grounds.

Kitchen facilities are available for members use, when not in use for club events. Members are expected to keep the kitchen area clean and tidy.

Boats are left in the boat park at the owners risk and must be securely tied down. Road trailers and trolleys are left at the club at the owners risk. Abandoned craft may be subject to removal and disposal in accordance with club procedures.

Vehicles must be kept in the carpark, except when loading/unloading. [Disabled parking??]

Camping in club grounds is permitted by general agreement with the committee.

The bar may be opened during normal club hours. No persons under the age of 18 may purchase or consume alcoholic drinks from the bar.

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