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This is our standard starting point for young people aged 8 and over wanting to learn to sail, this course that is specially tailored to younger sailors will teach the young person a basic understanding of how a boat sails, with some experience of steering and handling the boat.

During this course we aim to maximise water time, there is some theory associated with the syllabus but we aim to teach this in an efficient manner.

RYA Youth Learn to Sail Satge 1: Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing. After this course you should be able to steer and understand basic principles.

Key learning points

  • Rigging the boat with assistance
  • Launch the dinghy from the shore with instruction
  • Steering the boat while sailing and being towed.
  • Can turn the boat (go about)
  • How the basic sail controls work and how to stop
  • How to paddle or row the boat.
  • What to wear
  • What the parts of the boat are called.
  • Where the wind is coming from.

Our friendly instructors will be with you every step of the way, offering clear instruction, guidance and encouragement.  

Please bring a waterproof jacket, warm clothes and a hat if it's cold; if it's warm you will need sun screen, sunglasses, a hat and cool clothing. Whatever the weather you will also need footwear to wear on the water (old trainers).

The Next Steps: This weekend is a perfect introduction to sailing. To progress your sailing further why not join the RYA Youth Improver Sailing Stage 2.



Course Information

Duration: 2 Days

Time: 0915-1700

Certificate: RYA Youth Learn to Sail Stage 1

Minimum Standard: None

Minimum Age: 8 yrs.

Anyone under the age of 18 years must have a Parental Consent form completed and signed by a parent/guardian - this must be handed in to reception on arrival during registration, without this form participants will not be permitted to take part.

Accommodation: If you want to stay at the Centre during your course, please add the accommodation package to your booking 

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