RYA Dinghy Start

About the course

What will you learn during the course?

By the end of the course you will have learnt all about the essentials of sail handling, wind awareness, steering, ropework and safety at sea. This course then leads perfectly on to the next level course, Dinghy Improver.


This course is ideal for complete beginners and requires no prerequisites.



RYA Youth Stage 1 and 2.


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

  • Stage 1 – A basic understanding of how a boat sails, with some experience of steering and handling the boat
  • Stage 2 – A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor

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

What’s included

  • All equipment
  • Packed lunch daily
  • 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.

After work parental support

  • Add-on Price: £10.00

One of the hardest things in life is trying to balance a working life when you have children. This is where we come in! Once your child has finished their action packed day on the water, we’ll look after them and allow you to pick them up at a later time than normal. We’ll keep them entertained and also give them a snack and a drink as they wind down from all the fun!

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Dinghy Start Youth (Non-Residential Only) 25/10/2021 29/10/2021 £330

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