Information about sailing courses for young people

Kit and Clothing


Buoyancy aids are provided but please bring the following items:
 

  • Soft shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • A complete change of clothing, including a warm top and swim wear   
  • Towel and wash kit 
  • Sun cream, sunglasses, hat

If you have a set of waterproofs, a wetsuit, wetsuit boots, sailing gloves of your own please bring them with you.

 


Courses for Young People


1. RYA Start Sailing Stage 1

Duration: 2 Days (Monday – Tuesday)
Course Aim: To give a basic understanding of how a boat sails, with some experience of steering and handling the boat. 
Minimum Standard: None
Boat Sailed: Optimist or Laser Pico
Kit and Clothing: To see what you will need to bring please see above.

By the end of this introductory course you will have had a great time! You should also be able to: launch a dinghy and get under way; steer and turn a dinghy when sailing; tie figure of eight knots; know the parts of the boat and be confident in the boat.

Books to go with course: Youth sailing scheme Logbook G11, Start sailing beginners handbook G3

2. RYA Start Sailing Stage 2

Duration: 3 Days (Tuesday – Friday)
Course Aim: Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor.
Minimum Standard: Stage 1, unless you are doing a combined Stage 1 and 2 course.
Boat Sailed: Optimist or Laser Pico
Kit and Clothing: To see what you will need to bring please see above.

This three-day RYA Stage 2 sailing course follows on from Stage 1 and will develop your sailing skills along the RYA syllabus with the emphasis still on having fun. Using games and structured sessions the instructors will guide and encourage you to practice skills and learn new techniques whilst building confidence.

3. RYA Start Sailing Stage 3

Duration: 5 Days (Monday – Friday)
Course Aim: Able to launch, Rig and sail a dinghy in any direction around a triangle in moderate conditions. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme
Minimum Standard: Up to and including Stage 2
Boat Sailed: Optimist or Laser Pico
Kit and Clothing: To see what you will need to bring please see above.

This course follows the RYA SS3 syllabus and reinforces abilities learnt in stage 2 and introduces downwind sailing and gybing skills, it includes – rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery and sailing theory. Having completed the course you will be able to sail a dinghy confidently in light winds with minimum supervision and sail a dinghy around a triangular course in moderate wind conditions.

4. RYA Start Sailing Stage 4

Duration: 5 Days (Monday – Friday)
Course Aim: Able to launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm around a triangle in moderate conditions, and solve a variety of problems afloat.
Minimum Standard: Up to and including  Stage 3
Boat Sailed: Laser Pico

Kit and Clothing: To see what you will need to bring please see above.

This course follows the RYA SS4 syllabus and teaches young sailors the sailing techniques to sail in more challenging conditions. Having completed the course you will be able to set up the dinghy according to conditions, apply the 5 essentials of sailing, can sail in stronger winds and is ready to start working towards the Advanced Skills Modules.

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