RYA Start Sailing


RYA Level 1 & 2 (Adult 16+): Start Sailing & Basic Skills: Basic theory and practical instruction on how to rig a dinghy and get afloat for the first time, in light winds and under supervision. Further training in sailing techniques develops skills and confidence. Each course normally takes 2 days, but levels are often combined to allow continuous progression through the stages. Courses are run on demand for groups of 6 participants, using double-handed dinghies provided by the club. Level 3 is available on demand, but most adults join club training and coaching sessions to develop their skills and experience, using either their own boats or dinghies hired from the Club.

RYA Stages 1, 2 & 3 (Youths 8-15)*: Child-centred with an emphasis on enjoyment and building confidence. Each stage may take up to 2 days: Stages 1 and 2 are usually combined over 3 days, allowing each child to progress at their own pace – some will achieve Level 2, others need longer. The 5 day summer course run during the Club’s Open Dinghy Race week includes more fun and games, with social activities every day after sailing. Small single-handed dinghies are provided by the club, and achievements are recorded in a Logbook. Children should have some time on the water to practise the skills they have learned before progressing to Stage 3.

We have a range of courses throughout 2018

Youth RYA 1,2 & 3 courses are:

  • 29 May – 31 May
  • 11 July – 13 July
  • 26 July – 28 July
  • 13 August – 17 August
  • 28 August – 1 September

Youth RYA 1/2 courses are:

  • 29 July – 2 August

Youth RYA 2/3 courses are:

  • 3 April – 5 April

Youth RYA Stage 3 courses are:

  • 12 -13 April

Stage 4 and advanced modules are available on demand. Young sailors with aptitude and enthusiasm for racing may apply for coaching with the RYA Regional and National Squads.

Contact the Office to learn more about the learn to sail options at Chichester Yacht Club.