RYA Dinghy Courses

Youth Stages

This is the basis of the RYA YSS (Youth Sailing Scheme), for those under the age of 16 who want to learn how to sail. Following a national syllabus, sailors learn the basics required to safely helm a dinghy, with no prior experience required. Each stage is usually run over the course of 2 days. At Bowmoor, we run stages 1 & 2 as a four day course. 


RYA Stage 1

This is where it all begins. On this course you learn the fundamentals of sailing a small dinghy, and gain your first sailing experience.


RYA Stage 2

Following on from stage 1, sailors develop a range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor.


RYA Stage 3

This builds on the knowledge gained in stage 2, refining technique and gaining more valuable skills. This is equivalent to Adult Level 2.


RYA Stage 4

A focus on doublehanded sailing, where sailors will adapt and transfer their skills to sailing as both a helm and a crew.

Adult Levels

This is the basis of the NSS (National Sailing Scheme), for those 16 and over wanting to learn how to sail. This follows a similar national syllabus to the youth scheme, at a slightly faster rate with a more in depth understanding of the theory behind how sailing works. Each stage is usually run over the course of 2 days. At Bowmoor, we run levels 1 & 2 as a four day course.


RYA Level 1 – Start Sailing

This is where it all begins. Introducing you sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision.


RYA Level 2 – Basic Skills

Following on from Level 1, setting out the foundations you need to go sailing independently, and developing further skills.


RYA Level 3 – Better Sailing

A focus on consolidating and refining skills while trying new ones in different disciplines, with an intro to seamanship skills and racing.

To book, please get in touch, as L3 courses are run on an ad hoc basis.  

Advanced Modules

We are able to run the advanced modules on request. If you are interested in taking one, please contact us.

Seamanship Skills

Develop your boat handling and on the water problem solving skills.

Sailing with Spinnakers

An introduction to doublehanded sailing with a spinnaker on board.

Performance Sailing

Improve your boat handling and confidence in performance dinghies.

Start Racing

The fundamentals of getting off the start line and round the course.

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