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

Min 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 basic knowledge of sailing, able to sail without an instructor in light winds and be able to recover a capsized boat

Certification 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 )