Can you teach me to sail?

If you're thinking of learning how to sail a dinghy, here are the courses we offer. For more information about courses and to book onto a course contact [email protected] or look at the wider opportunities through the RYA website. From time to time we run Open Days, when you can go out in a dinghy with an experienced sailor but we are happy to receive enquiries throughout the year.


RYA Level 1 Dinghy Sailing

RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing

Assumed knowledge


RYA Level 1 standard


Minimum 2 days

Minimum 2 days if RYA Level 1 is held

Course content

Short introduction to dinghy sailing for novices

Rigging, launching & recovery, all the essential points of sailing, basic rules

Assumed knowledge after course

A basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background

The successful sailor will be

  • safety conscious,
  • have a basic knowledge of sailing,
  • able to sail without an instructor in light winds
  • able to recover a capsized boat
Certification awarded RYA level 1 RYA level 2
Consolidation Practice and RYA level 2 Practice and RYA level 3

Minimum Age

16 years

Supporting Information

RYA National Sailing Scheme G4

  • Note that all courses are based on RYA inland syllabuses: a tidal conversion is required to sail in tidal conditions

  • RYA publications can be purchased from Whitefriars Sailing Club ( Training )