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Junior Start Sailing

A weekend of fun, games and hopefully good weather, learning the basics of sailing a dinghy. At the end of this course you should be able to get afloat and sail across the wind, under supervision.​Our junior courses are focussed on having fun and developing confidence, life skills and your sailing ability. The courses follow the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme, but the focus is on personal development and enjoyment, not just getting the next certificate.​

Why Learn to Sail?​

Learning to sail has many benefits for children:

  • An exciting new activity

  • Spend time outdoors and in nature

  • Learn risk assessment skills in a safe environment

  • Develop confidence and independence, through freedom, adventure and challenge for all ages

  • Meet a wide variety of new friends with a common interest

Course Information


  • Basic parts of a boat

  • Launch and recovery

  • Sailing across the wind

  • Steering

  • Tacking (turning around)

  • Basic knotwork

Working towards

RYA Youth Sailing Scheme - Start Sailing Stage 1


  • Age 8+

  • No experience necessary

  • You must be happy in the water wearing a buoyancy aid, but do not need to be a strong swimmer

Course length

2 days

Course times

10 am - 4 pm each day

What do you need to bring?

  • Swimming kit to wear under your wetsuit

  • Trainers or shoes that can get wet (if feet size smaller than 4)

  • Towel

  • Lunch

What do we provide?

  • Wetsuit

  • Spray top

  • Neoprene boots (sizes 4 to 12 available)

  • Buoyancy aid

Maximum teaching ratio

6 students per instructor



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 sometimes arrange extra dates for courses where there are multiple students interested, send us an email at

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