Stage 1 is the introductory level for a young person who has never sailed before. This course is designed for complete beginners to learn how to handle a dinghy successfully and safely under supervision.

You will be taken on a the safety boat (RIB) out to our floating pontoon located on the river just opposite the harbour. Beginning in a Hartley Wayfarer you will be guided through the syllabus by an experienced instructor who will also be onboard. The Hartley Wayfarer dinghies are perfect for teaching small groups and allows less experienced students to learn safely.

By the end of this introductory course, you will have a basic understanding of how a boat sails, and some experience of steering and handling the boat. The full syllabus can be seen below.

2 Full Days: Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday 0930 - 1630 


RYA Youth Dinghy Sailing Stage 1



  • Can assist with rigging a boat

Launching and Recovery

  • Can launch a dinghy and get underway with instruction.
  • Can secure boat to a trolley.
  • Can assist with recovery and stowage of dinghy and gear.


  • Can tie a figure of eight and cleat a halyard.

Sailing techniques and manoeuvres

  • Can be a responsive crew under instruction.
  • Can steer when sailing and being towed.
  • Can steer on a reach and go about (reach to reach).
  • Understands the effect of basic boat controls.
  • Understands the basic principles of stopping, controlling speed and getting out of irons.
  • Can paddle or row (with sprit, paddle or oars).
  • Can call for assistance.

Clothing and equipment

  • Can put on personal buoyancy correctly.
  • Is confident in the water wearing personal buoyancy.

Capsize recovery

  • Understands the importance of staying with the boat

Sailing Background

  • Can name basic parts of a boat (i.e. hull, mast, rudder, tiller, centerboard, sheets etc).
  • Understands what action to take to help those in distress.
  • Understands local hazards. Understands how to prepare for a tow.

Clothing and equipment

  • Understands personal safety and knows what to wear for sailing (including head and footwear).


  • Has knowledge of wind direction.

Course Availability

2 Full Days

Date Availability Price Book
25th October '21 Fully Booked £195.00 Unavailable
28th October '21 Places Available £195.00 Book Now
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