Dinghy Sailing Courses UK

Develop your sailing experience with our dinghy sailing courses 2024

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a budding instructor, we’ve got a dinghy sailing course to suit your needs. All of our dinghy sailing courses have been designed to be engaging, effective and lots of fun!

Your next adventure on the water

Dinghy being sailed in open water with two people hiking or leaning out

Dinghy sailing courses for all abilities

Our Dinghy Start courses are designed to help complete beginners get to grips with essentials like steering, sail handling, rope work and safety at sea. You can then hone your skills further on our Dinghy Improver course, before moving up to higher-level courses.

Dinghy Advanced gives you the chance to experience the excitement of high-performance dinghy sailing and using asymmetric spinnakers. If you’re keen to pass your sailing skills on to others, our Dinghy Instructor course will prepare you to teach the RYA syllabus.

SailGP INSPIRE Programme taking place at UKSA on the Isle of Wight

Expert tuition, outstanding facilities

A great introduction to watersports, dinghy sailing is the perfect way to get out on the water, build confidence and develop your skills.

Suitable for all abilities, our Dinghy Sailing courses in the Isle of Wight are taught by our fully qualified team of experts. We’ve got an impressive fleet of dinghies and a prime waterfront location – everything you need to succeed in this exciting watersport!

Dinghy Sailing courses FAQs

How long does it take to learn to sail a dinghy?

The amount of time needed to learn how to sail a dinghy varies based on the student’s learning style, prior sailing experience, and the difficulty of the techniques. In general, beginners can pick up the fundamentals of sailing in a few days of focused training, but it may take weeks or even months of practice to become proficient in dinghy sailing.

Is dinghy sailing hard?

While dinghy sailing can present challenges, especially to beginners, it’s also a highly rewarding and enjoyable activity. With proper instruction, practice, and a willingness to learn, many find dinghy sailing to be an exhilarating and accessible sport.

How much does a sailing course cost?

A sailing course’s price can change based on a number of variables, including how long it lasts, how well it’s taught, and where the sailing school is located. In general, introductory courses can range in price from a few hundred to a thousand pounds for more extensive multi-day courses to more reasonably priced day sessions. Contact us if you need more information.

Do you need a license to sail a dinghy in the UK?

A specific licence is not needed to sail a dinghy in the United Kingdom. Before setting off, though, make sure you are aware of any local needs or limits as certain rivers may have their own regulations.

Do I need insurance for my dinghy?

Insurance coverage for your dinghy is generally advised, though requirements may differ based on the value of the vessel, the area it will be sailed, and any applicable laws. In the event of mishaps, property damage, or legal problems, this might offer financial security.

Is dinghy sailing good for beginners?

Absolutely, dinghy sailing is a great option for those just starting out who want to learn how to sail. Compared to larger sailboats, dinghies are usually easier to handle and learn on since they are smaller, more manoeuvrable boats. To assist novices in getting started, a lot of sailing schools provide beginner-friendly dinghy sailing lessons.