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.

Please note that in the case where not all sections of a previous level have been met, our chief instructor / watersports manager will review on a case-by-case basis as to whether they feel that the child is ready for the next level, and that they will have the opportunity to complete previous missed sections, without it disrupting the rest of the group.


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.

It is also important to note that while we have a fantastic instructor team and will do everything in our powers to ensure that outlined levels are completed, there may be external factors, such as weather, the level of the group or individuals, that may prevent this from happening.

What’s included

  • All equipment
  • Packed lunch daily
Residential (12+ only)
  • All equipment
  • 4 nights kids camp bunk style accommodation (Monday – Thursday)
  • Buffet breakfast, packed lunch and hot evening meal
  • Full evening activities programme, including:
    • UKSA Olympics
    • In-house Cinema
    • Disco
    • Human Board Games
    • Egg Drop
    • Crabbing
    • Quiz
    • Treasure Hunt
    • Pool Games

Children are supervised at all times by our experienced and safeguard trained watersports instructor team throughout the day. Those on residential courses have access to their own dedicated kid’s area and evening activities programme run by our expert evening entertainments teams.

We offer a discounted rate for permanent island residents please contact us for more information.

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Dinghy Improver (8-15 Yrs) Non-Residential Only 27/05/2024 31/05/2024 £340
Dinghy Improver (8-15 Yrs) 22/07/2024 26/07/2024 £340 £460
Dinghy Improver (8-15 Yrs) – Non-Residential Only 29/07/2024 02/08/2024 £340
Dinghy Improver (8-15 Yrs) 05/08/2024 09/08/2024 £340 £460
Dinghy Improver (8-15 Yrs) 12/08/2024 16/08/2024 £340 £460
Dinghy Improver (8-15 Yrs) 19/08/2024 23/08/2024 £340 £460
Dinghy Improver (8-15 Yrs) 26/08/2024 30/08/2024 £340 £460

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