RYA Junior Courses

We offer the following courses from the RYA Youth Sailing Schemes, further details are provided below the table.

RYA Youth Dinghy Sailing Courses 2017

 Course

Duration

Dates

Stage 1 & 2

5 days

3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th & 17th June

(run on the same dates as the adult Level 1 & 2 courses) 

Stage 3

2 days

See notes below

Stage 4

2 days

See notes below

Start Racing

4 half days mornings)

TBD - check programme for latest dates.

(run on the same dates as the adult Start Racing course) 

 

Stage 1 & 2 combined - 4 days 

By the end of the first day of this course young sailors will have a basic understanding of how a boat sails and some experience of steering and handling the boat. During the next three days they will learn a range of sailing skills and background knowledge enabling the participants to become confident small boat sailors. Typically this takes place at Hedgecourt lake and it is therefore a non-tidal course.

Stage 3 - 2 days 

This module will enable participants to sail in any direction and rig and launch unassisted.  They will also learn more advanced skills and capsize techniques for single and double-handed dinghies. The young person can now be regarded as a sailor, not a beginner and be able to sail in stronger winds.

Stage 4 - 2 days

The final course covers the skills required for sailing double-handed dinghies as crew or helm, whilst solving a variety of problems afloat. Passing this course is the natural entry point for the advanced courses of Seamanship Skills and Sailing with Spinnakers.

 

Stages 3 and 4 are often covered whilst away on Cobnor weekends, therefore qualify for a tidal endorsement and no extra course fees over and above the Cobnor weekend fee are incurred.
 

Start Racing

The start racing course is aimed at those with Stage 3 or equivalent, those having achieved Stage 2 in the revious year and most subsequent Saturday Clubs are likely to be accepted.
See our Race Coaching page for more information on race  coaching.