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RYA Level 1: Start Sailing

The RYA Level 1: Start Sailing course assumes that the student has not sailed before and is normally conducted in Laser Picos. After you have learnt to rig the boat and received an introduction to the boat's controls, the group will take to the water to experience for the first time what it's like to helm a sailing dinghy alone, under the close supervision of the RYA instructor(s).

The courses is run over two day seasons, each day is 9:30 to 17:00. We have full weekend and split weekend options. Our online booking starts at the bottom of this page.

Learn to sail courses

By the end of the course you should have a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background knowledge, and you will be awarded the RYA Level 1 certificate on successfully completing and understanding the modules of the RYA Level 1 syllabus on the National Sailing Scheme.

All of our courses are taught by RYA qualified Instructors in groups with a maximum ratio of 6 students to each Instructor. Teaching takes place on the water and in the classroom and we move between the two depending on the group, the weather conditions and the requirements of the curriculum.

Course info

Location: Queen Mary Sailing Club

Minimum Duration: 2 days.

Teaching Ratio: 1 instructor to 6 students.

Logbook included in course price. Certificate also included but not guaranteed unless on successful completion of course.


Adult L1

RYA Level 1: Start Sailing

2 day course at weekends from 0930 to 1700

The ideal introduction to the exciting sport of dinghy sailing

Learn a range of practical skills and knowledge