**Please note, we have changed the way in which courses at DSWC operate due to COVID-19**
All sailing courses will take place in our Singlehanded Picos until at least the 21st of June, in line with the Governments Roadmap to Reopening
The RYA Level One course is the perfect introduction to sailing and is for beginners with no previous experience. It is the first part of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training scheme and its aim is to provide basic boat handling techniques and essential background knowledge. During the course, you will learn all the key skills required to get afloat under supervision in light winds in a singlehanded dinghy. We use Laser Pico’s dinghies on our courses.
Your instructor will take you through how to sail in all directions, teach you how to launch and recover your boat and explain how to recover from capsizing. Short theory sessions on the land will teach you about the basic equipment needed, tides and weather.
The RYA Level One course is for beginners who have done little or no dinghy sailing before. By the end of the course, you will be able to sail safely under supervision. It is recommended that all participants consolidate this course with the RYA Level Two (Basic Skills) course.
The RYA Level One course is run over a weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 1030 – 1730.
This course is the minimum recognised qualification for hiring a boat at the Centre on Open Sessions.
On the day of your course we provide buoyancy aids, wetsuits and equipment. You will need to bring a change of clothes, towel, swimsuit if borrowing a wetsuit and suitable footwear (closed toe). Included in the cost of the course are the RYA Start Sailing book, RYA Logbook and Certificate.
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All bookings are subject to our Course Booking Terms & Conditions.