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Welcome to Adult Courses 2021

This has been a challenging time as you can appreciate a lot of work has gone in to making the club safe to re-open for visitors and staff. We hope 2021 runs with less disruption and change!

Early Booking Save 10% - (Booking three months in advance)

All our Adult Courses are free if you join our QM Select Membership.

The courses currently running are limited to single hander sailing (Level 1, Level 2 and Start Racing); windsurfing of course is a single hander sport. Group tuition is running for both Sailing and Windsurfing. Our tuition runs at a 6:1 ratio.

Looking for courses November - March?

Find them under our Adult Winter Training Programme 2021/22.

Covid Specific Information

Due to the Government restrictions easing on the 19th July 2021 we are able to return to normal operations.

Here are the details of our operational changes:

  • We will be running sessions where students will be in closer contact with each-other.
  • Select members are now expected to fully derig and return any kit they use, including putting on dinghy covers.
  • We will be operating in double handers again. So you must be aware that the participant will be in a boat in close contact with somebody else.
  • Powerboat training will resume usual operation.
  • All courses may involve closer contact between students during activities.

What is staying the same:

  • We will still be asking that you wear a face covering or mask when in the clubhouse.
  • We will still be operating to Government guidance on social distancing.
  • You will need to buzz at the gate to gain access, and please park in the lower car park.
  • You will be given a meeting point for the duration of your course, outside of the clubhouse.
  • Are you fit to visit? Please do not attend if you or anyone in your household are experiencing Covid symptoms or are feeling unwell.
  • Please ensure you have booked your session and check our website for the latest covid guidance

Read our full Covid Guidelines

Please watch the safety briefing video

If you have any issues, please get in contact by email to

Thank for reading, thank you for supporting, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back on the water at Queen Mary.

The QM team

Adult L1 taster

Sailing Taster

The perfect way to get a taste of sailing. Once you have 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 go sailing, under the close supervision of the RYA instructor. Alternatively, head straight to our RYA Level 1 course below.

Prior experience needed: None!

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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

Prior experience needed: None!

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Adult L4

RYA Level 2: Basic Skills

2 day weekend course from 0930 to 1700. Develop skills and confidence to sail independently (minimum recognised qualification for hiring dinghies). Focus on the Five Essentials to improve sailing techniques

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 1

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Adult Lgroup

Group Sail Coaching

If you're looking for instructor support to take your Level 2 skills up a notch or brush off the cobwebs, then this is for you. Expect a mix of abilities and focuses during the session. This booking does include the hire of club boats. Boats available include RS Quba and Pico. If you wish to use a laser please book onto intermediate group coaching or laser training (in winter). Free for QM Select Members.

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 2

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Adult Race

RYA Start Racing

2 full days from 0930 to 1700. An enjoyable introduction to club racing. Boats used are typically Lasers. Focus on boat handling, starts, mark rounding, racing rules, tactics and tuning.

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 2

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Youth Group Laser

Intermediate Group Sail Coaching

A coaching session for the intermediate sailor who wants to hone specific skills. Aimed at those who have sailed quite a lot after Level 2, hopefully regularly and may have joined in some club racing or social sailing activity. Come to the session with an idea of elements of sailing you would like to cover and the instructor will look to bring your ideas together for a common theme for everyone to work on. Lasers are available to be used for this session.

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 2 + Extra Sailing Experience

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Sail Foiling product

RYA SailFoil: First Flights

Suitable for any sailor with Dinghy Level 2 or above who has experience sailing a Laser or Aero this completely new skill offers rapid improvement and progression. The RYA Sailfoil scheme comes in three parts starting with First Flight. This is a 4 hour taster session aimed at achieving take off!

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 2 + laser/aero sailing experience

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Adult L2

RYA Level 3: Better Sailing

By the end of this course, you will be safety conscious and capable of sailing without an instructor on board in moderate conditions. Successful completion of this course is the ideal preparation (and pre-requisite) for starting the RYA Advanced Modules. The course is completed in double handed dinghies.

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 2

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Adult L3

RYA Seamanship Skills

Through this course you will see a real improvement in your doublehander helming skills and boat positioning, by focusing on manoeuvres and seamanship decisions. Manoeuvres include sailing backwards, sailing with no rudder or centreboard, anchoring, reefing afloat, recovery of a man overboard and being towed.

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 3

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Adult LSpin

RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

You will learn how to handle a modern asymmetric spinnaker, covering power zones and boat speed, balance, and how to hist, gybe and drop a spinnaker. The course follows the RYA Sailing With Spinnakers syllabus from the National Sailing Scheme.

Prior experience needed: RYA Seamanship Skills

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Adult L5

RYA Performance Sailing

This is the ultimate top-end dinghy course in high performance boats which combine large sail plans and asymmetric spinnakers with trapezes to deliver the ultimate thrill of high speed sailing once you have mastered how to control it all! By the end of the course you will be more confident in a high performance dinghy, both at high speeds on the water and with the tricks of launching and recovering unstable performance boats.

Prior experience needed: RYA Seamanship Skills & RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

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Adult LCat

Catamaran Conversion Course

Experience the thrill of sailing fast catamarans, and how to handle their speed and power, to endorse your RYA Level 2 certificate with multihull recognition.

Prior experience needed: RYA Level 2

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