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Develop your skills and build your confidence in a dinghy over a weekend or 4 evenings. This course is perfect if you have some sailing experience. By the end of this course you should be ready to get afloat in a range of conditions.

We offer our adult courses in two formats: most courses run using larger sailing dinghies such as wayfarers, we sometimes also offer some dates where the course is taught in singlehanded dinghies. Either way, during the improver course the instructor is in a safety boat nearby. The singlehanded courses are likely to involve more swimming, but are exciting and generally a fast way to learn for more adventurous students. Which type of course is planned for a date is indicated on the booking system below.

Course Information



  • Rigging

  • Launching

  • Building confidence sailing in all directions

  • Capsize recovery

  • Essential safety knowledge.

  • Ropework

  • Introduction to navigation and sailing theory

Working towards: RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills


  • Generally 14+, but this is flexible. Under 16s may prefer to do a Junior Beginner course.

  • RYA Dinghy Level 1 - Start Sailing, or equivalent experience

  • You must be happy in the water wearing a buoyancy aid, but do not need to be able to swim.

Course length: 2 days (or 4 evenings)

Course times: 10 am - 4:30 pm each day

What do you need to bring?

  • Swimming kit to wear under your wetsuit

  • Towel

  • Lunch

What do we provide?

  • Wetsuit

  • Spray top

  • Neoprene boots (sizes 4 to 12 available)

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Warm drinks

Max teaching ratio: 3 students per instructor (in boat tuition) or 6 students per instructor (singlehanded courses)

Cost: £245

Any questions? Send us an email at

Course Dates and Booking


None of the dates below suit? Register your interest in a course here, and we will send you an email when new dates are scheduled. We can arrange extra dates for Adult Beginner courses where there are 2 or more students interested. Send us an email at

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