Dinghy Improver

About the course

If you’re aged 8-15 and you’ve already completed your RYA Youth Stage 2 or the Dinghy Start course, this course will allow you to get back out on the water and improve your skills.

You’ll build on your existing skills and knowledge, improve your sailing techniques and manoeuvres, and develop an understanding of safety at sea, including man overboard recovery, rules of the road and meteorology.

You’ll be supervised by our experienced and safeguard trained watersports instructor team throughout the course. If you’re on a residential course, you’ll also have access to your own dedicated kids’ area and evening activities programme – so you’ll be able to make friends and have plenty of fun in the process!


RYA Youth Stage 1 and 2

If the participant meets the pre-requites for this course, but have not sailed within 6 months of their previous course, please be aware that a knowledge and skill gap may occur which could result in incompletion of the RYA stages advertised being signed off.


The syllabus is taught with a ratio of (6:1) students to instructor and covers the following:

  • Stage 3 – Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme
  • Stage 4 – Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. (optional if Stage 3 was taken in a double-hander)

For more information about the full RYA dinghy youth syllabus, please click here.

During this course participants will be working towards the course syllabus and RYA stages as advertised, however sign off and completion of the participants logbook will be dependent on their ability.

What’s included

You can choose to complete this course on a residential or non-residential basis. Either way, everything you need is included in the cost. If you opt for the non-residential course, the cost will include your equipment and a packed lunch.

If you choose the residential course, the cost will include the above plus four nights’ kids camp bunk style accommodation, all your food and a full evening of activities. When you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll be awarded Dinghy Improver Youth – RYA Youth Stage 3 and 4.

Full evening activities programme includes:
  • UKSA Olympics
  • In-house Cinema
  • Disco
  • Human Board Games
  • Egg Drop
  • Crabbing
  • Quiz
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Pool Games

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