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RYA Adult Courses

The RYA National Sailing Scheme is a series of short courses, each run over a number of sessions or two full days. Progress quickly from beginner to expert in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment.



Dinghy RYA Level 1 – Start Sailing (2days/16hours) 

An introduction to sailing dinghies for complete beginners, covering everything you need to know to get afloat under supervision

How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering

Able to sail in light winds under supervision


Dinghy RYA Level 2 – Basic Skills (2days/16hours) 

Build your confidence and develop your skills. By the end of this course you’ll be a competent sailor in light winds

Rigging, launching and building confidence sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge.

Able to sail confidently on all points of sail and make decisions in good conditions.


Dinghy RYA Level 3 – Better Sailing (2days/16hours) 

Improve your sailing consolidating skills and trying new ones in a variety of conditions

Further coaching to consolidate the skills learned during Level 1 – Start Sailing, and Level 2 – Basic Skills. Short taster sessions from the advanced modules such as Day Sailing and Seamanship skills

More confident in sailing skills and techniques and ready to progress onto the advanced modules


Level 2 Powerboat Handling (2days/16hours) 

Provides the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

It aims to teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations.

The course can be taken at an inland or coastal location. It may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planing and displacement.

The certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type of boat in which the training took place.


Safety Boat Course (2days/16hours) 

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.

It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying. It is strongly recommended that a member of the rescue crew should hold a first aid certificate (or should have experience of first aid).