RYA dinghy scheme

The Dinghy Sailing program is designed to take you from beginner level all the way to the top of sailing! There are plenty of steps to guide your progression and give you goals. After achieving each level it is recommended that you practice your skills learnt in training sessions before moving onnto the next level.

Course

MinAge

Time

Prerequisites

Course Content

Learning Outcomes

Adult Level 1

16

2 days or 4 half days

Nil

How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering

Introducing you sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision

Adult Level 2

16

2 days or 4 half days

RYA Level 1 or equivalent knowledge

Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge

Setting out the foundations of sailing, ability to sail and make decisions in good conditions

Adult Level 3

16

2 days or 4 half days

RYA Level 2 or equivalent knowledge

Coaching of level 1 and 2 skills and taster sessions from the advanced modules

Display more confidence in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules

Course

Min Age

Time

Prerequisite

Course Content

Learning Outcomes

Junior Stage 1

7

2 days or 4 half days

None

Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing

A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Junior Stage 2

7

2 days or 4 half days

RYA Stage 1 or equivalent knowledge

Basic sailing skills, ropework, collision avoidance

Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles

Junior Stage 3

7

2 days or 4 half days

RYA Stage 2 or equivalent knowledge

Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory

Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions

Junior Stage 4

7

2 days or 4 half days

RYA Stage 3 or equivalent knowledge

Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard

Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions

Advanced Courses
Once you have mastered the basics, its time to dive into the advanced courses that can focus you on a specific topic of sailing. It’s a great chance to see if you have an interest for racing or prefer the joys of cruising around and just to get an understanding for the wider world of sailing and the sailing environment.

 

Course

Time

Prerequisite

Course Content

Learning Objectives

Seamanship Skills

2 days or 4 half days

Sailing and background knowledge to the standard of the Level 2 course

Launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring

Able to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat

Day Sailing

2 days or 4 half days

Sailing and background knowledge to the standard of the Level 2 course

Preparing and planning for a day cruise, pilotage and decision making including adverse conditions

Able to plan and execute a cruise, depending on conditions

Sailing with Spinnaker

2 days or 4 half days

Sailing and background knowledge to the standard of the Level 2 course

How to rig the boat, gybe and recover one type of spinnaker, either conventional or asymmetric. How to sail the best possible course downwind

Able to use one type of spinnaker, conventional or asymmetric

Performance Sailing

2 days or 4 half days

Sailing and background knowledge to the standard of the Level 2 course

Coaching to improve your sailing, primarily in two person boats with spinnakers

Able to sail faster and more efficiently in all conditions

Racing 1, 2 and 3

2 days or 4 half days

Sailing and background knowledge to the standard of the Level 2 course

Rules of racing, starts, tack-ticks, strategies, manuovers

Able to understand and compete in race