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Learning To Sail (Dinghy)

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) in the UK administers numerous courses covering all aspects of sailing. There are dozens of RYA approved sailing clubs and sailing schools which run these courses throughout the year.

The various sailing courses available are outlined below.

Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing

A basic introduction to the sport of dinghy sailing.

Course Type : DINGHY, Adult & Junior Course
Suggested minimum pre-course experience : None
Assumed Knowledge : None
Course Content : How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovery
Ability After Course : Able to sail in light winds under supervision
Minimum Duration : 2 days minimum

Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills

This course sets out the foundations of sailing for you. By the end of it you’ll be a competent light wind sailor.

Course Type : DINGHY, Adult & Junior Course
Assumed Knowledge : Knowledge to Level 1 standard
Course Content : Often combined with Level 1 into a 4 or 5 day course. Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety background
Ability After Course : Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions
Minimum Duration : 2 days minimum

Dinghy Seamanship Skills

How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat..

Course Type : DINGHY, Adult & Junior Course
Assumed Knowledge : Knowledge to Level 2 standard
Course Content : Training includes: launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering man overboard, anchoring.
Ability After Course : Able to handle a wide range of situations afloat
Minimum Duration : 2 days

Dinghy Sailing with Spinnakers

Everything you need to know about sailing with a kite whether conventional or asymmetric.

Course Type : DINGHY, Adult & Junior Course
Assumed Knowledge : Knowledge to Level 2 standard
Course Content : How to rig the boat, gybe and recover one type of spinnaker, either conventional or asymmetric. How to sail the best possible course downwind
Ability After Course : Able to use one type of spinnaker, coventional or asymmetric
Minimum Duration : 2 days

Dinghy Day Sailing

Passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising.

Course Type : DINGHY, Adult & Junior Course
Assumed Knowledge : Skills and background to at least Level 2
Course Content : Preparing and planning for a day cruise. Pilotage and decision making including adverse conditions.
Ability After Course : Able to plan and execute a cruise, depending on conditions.
Minimum Duration : 2 days minimum