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Your journey to progression

Sailing pathways for all stages & ages

Our friendly team is here to help you learn to sail, with courses on offer for all ages and abilities. All of our locations are RYA (Royal Yachting Association) recognised training centres, which means that we also help you to work towards your RYA qualifications.

Youth sailing pathways

Following the RYA sailing scheme, the youth pathway provides a guide for your children to take them from complete beginners through to seasoned pros. The first step in the scheme is to complete your “Stage” courses, you can then move on to the more advanced courses to hone your skill set.

Adult sailing pathways

The courses and qualifications in the adult sailing pathway follow the RYA sailing scheme. You will complete your “Level” qualifications before graduating into the “Advanced Modules”.

Sailing clubs for regular access

Our regular-participation clubs were created to provide a continuous and affordable opportunity for you to continue sailing in between taking your qualifications. Participants of all abilities and ages are welcome to join our community clubs to enjoy informal tuition, fun and games.

Yacht sailing pathways

Looking for something a bit different? You can always learn to sail a yacht through our not-for-profit Andrew Simpson Yachting. Start out on the RYA Start Yachting course. Find out more by heading to andrewsimpsonyachting.org

SailFoiling pathways

Foiling is a method of sailing which uses a hydrofoil which allows your boat to rise out of the water. As one of the first training centres to offer foiling, we are experts in helping you to take your first flight!

Sailing instructor pathways

Gaining your instructor qualification opens up doors into a lifelong maritime career. From 14 you can become an RYA Assistant Instructor. This will give you the foundation skills to become an instructor and allow you to volunteer and gain experience at your local centre.

Pathways & progression

Youth sailing courses & pathways

RYA Stages 1 to 4 are the basis of sailing progression and can be gained both individually or through our week and weekend courses specially designed for different levels of sailing development.

Beginner

Start your sailing journey on one of our RYA Stage 1 & 2 courses, beginner sailing weeks or taster sessions. These will teach you the basics of sailing.

Sailing Taster

Ages 8+

Enjoy the feeling of cruising through the water and get some basic knowledge of how to steer and get afloat safely.

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RYA Stage 1

Ages 8+

This 2-day course is aimed at children with little or no experience of sailing who want to get confident in a boat.

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RYA Stage 2

Ages 8+

The perfect follow-on to our Stage 1 course, you will develop the skills you have already learned and more.

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Beginner Sailing Week

Ages 8+

Learn the ropes with this fun-filled week of basic sailing covering RYA Stage 1 and 2 certificates over the week.

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Intermediate

With the basics established, you can work through the RYA stages until you reach the advanced modules.

Improver Sailing Week

Ages 8+

A refresher of skills over 5-days, whilst working towards their RYA Stage 3 certificate.

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Intermediate Sailing Week

Ages 8+

Sail in a range of boats and practice skills in double-handed dinghies, working towards your RYA Stage 4 certificate.

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Advanced

Whether you want to learn to sail with spinnakers, master your seamanship skills or discover trapezing, now is the time to start looking at our advanced courses.

Advanced Sailing Week

Ages 8+

The week focuses on RYA Seamanship Skills, RYA Start Racing & RYA Sailing With Spinnakers.

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RYA Seamanship Skills

Ages 8+

This RYA Advanced Module covers your on boat handling skills such as person overboard recovery and more.

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RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

Ages 8+

From rigging to the hoist and drop, you will be mastering the kite after this exciting 2-day course.

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RYA Day Sailing

Ages 8+

Through this module, you will master passage planning and decision making for going on a day sail in a dinghy.

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RYA Performance Sailing

Ages 8+

2 days of extreme sailing. A fantastic sailing opportunity to get a taster of a range of high-performance dinghies.

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High Performance Sailing Week

Ages 8+

A week of extreme sailing. Build your skills in trapezing and spinnaker sailing with our expert coaches.

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Advanced: racing courses

Now that you are fully in control of your dinghy, let’s take a look at the wide world of racing. Work your way through the different courses to learn all about tactics, boat control and the different racing styles.

RYA Start Racing

Ages 8+

An intensive 2 days of beginner level race training, aimed at those with RYA Level 2and above.

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Beginner Race Training

Ages 8+

An intensive week of beginner level race training, aimed at those with RYA Stage 3 and above.

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Improver Race Training

Ages 8+

Build on your knowledge, techniques and strategy to become more competitive on the race course.

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Intermediate Race Training

Ages 8+

An intensive week-long training camp for club level sailors who want to improve their sailing in their class.

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Performance pathway

Looking to take the next step into the racing world? Our Performance Academy offers high quality training for class specific programmes. We help sailors transition into the world of competitive youth and junior sailing alongside providing performance coaching at all levels within the pathway. To find out more, get in touch with our team on [email protected]

Pathways & progression

Adult sailing courses & pathways

RYA Stages 1 to 4 are the basis of sailing progression and can be gained both individually or through our week and weekend courses specially designed for different levels of sailing development.

Beginner

RYA Level 1 and 2 are the first steps in learning to sail. You can then progress into the advanced sailing modules.

RYA Level 1

Adults only

Learn the basics in a 2-day introduction into sailing, with no experience needed.

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RYA Level 2

Adults only

Learn more boat handling skills in double and single-handed boats, working towards the RYA Level 2 certificate.

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Learn to sail week

Adults only

Our 5-day intensive learn to sail week is the perfect option for complete beginners covering the RYA Level 1 and 2 syllabuses.

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Intermediate

RYA Level 3

Adults only

Push yourself and fine-tune your boat handling skills on our intermediate 2-day sailing course for RYA Level 3.

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Adult Development Week

Adults only

A great opportunity to experience all sailing has to offer, a five day package developing your skills.

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Advanced

RYA Seamanship Skills

Adults only

This module covers skills such as person overboard recovery, picking up a mooring and sailing backwards.

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RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

Adults only

From rigging to the hoist and drop, you will be mastering the kite after this exciting 2-day course.

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RYA Day Sailing

Adults only

You will master passage planning and decision making for going on a day sail in a dinghy.

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RYA Performance Sailing

Adults only

A fantastic 2 day sailing opportunity to get a taster of a range of high-performance dinghies.

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Regular sailing for all

Regular Participation Clubs

Our weekly community clubs were developed to increase the opportunities available to access the water regularly! Participate in these clubs, alongside taking your RYA qualifications, to have a well-rounded sailing education.

Youth sailing clubs

For ages 8 – 18, these informal clubs provide the opportunity to get on the water weekly.

Sailing Club

Ages 8+

Our regular-participation fun club for all abilities aged 8+. Novice sailors through to more experienced sailors are welcome to join our Sailing Club and enjoy some informal tuition, fun and games.

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Improver Sailing Club

Ages 8+

Relaxed, informal, social sailing sessions aimed at children who are Stage 3 and above to brush up on their skills in a fun and relaxed environment.

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Race Club

Ages 8+

Take the next step into the exciting world of racing. For children who are Stage 3 or equivalent experience.

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Improver Race Club

Ages 8+

Come and join our weekly Improver Race Club where you can develop your existing skills to become competent on the race course in a friendly and encouraging environment.

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Aiming High Club

Ages 6 – 13

Join our regular participation activity club for children with learning difficulties or physical disabilities. The club’s focus is on creating a fun and safe environment through sailing and watersports.

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Club Academy

Ages 8+

Our ASC Performance Academy provides subsidised high quality junior race training regionally across the UK! These act as a springboard for grassroots sailors, launching them into the national racing circuit & more.

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Adult sailing clubs

For ages 18+, our instructors will help you to improve your skills on a weekly-basis, without the need to own your own boat!

Adult Sailing Club

Adults only

Our instructors will help you to improve your skills on a weekly-basis, without the need to own your own boat! No experience needed.

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Ladies that Launch

Adults only

Our instructors will help you to improve your skills on a weekly-basis, without the need to own your own boat! No experience needed.

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For children & adults aged 12+

SailFoiling

Foiling is a method of sailing which uses a hydrofoil which allows your boat to rise out of the water. As one of the first training centres to offer foiling, we are experts in helping you to take your first flight! The courses take place in a variety of boats, including Lasers and RS Aero’s (both of which are adapted with Glide Free kits).

RYA First Flights

Ages 12+

This is the first course in the RYA SailFoil scheme, providing you with a basic introduction to foiling.

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RYA Sustained Flights

Ages 12+

Learn about the practical techniques and theory required to foil, steer and maintain a course effectively.

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RYA Performance Flights

Ages 12+

Foiling at different angles, in and out of manoeuvres, providing you with a good understanding as to the theory of foiling.

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WASZP Tasters

Ages 12+

Want to try a WASZP? Our ASC Performance Academy is partnered with WASZP UK to deliver taster sessions.

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For adults or those aged 16+

Sailing Instructor Pathway

Gaining your instructor qualification opens up doors into a lifelong maritime career. From 14 you can become an RYA Assistant Instructor. This will give you the foundation skills to become an instructor and allow you to volunteer and gain experience at your local centre. When you are 16 you can take your RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification and start to grow your skill set through further endorsements.

Before attending an RYA Dinghy Instructor course you will need the pre-requisite courses of First Aid, RYA Powerboat Level 2, and RYA Safe and Fun. You will then need to do a pre entry sailing assessment which assesses that your personal sailing ability is of the right standard to become an instructor.

RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructor

Ages 14+

The Assistant Instructor is trained to assist qualified instructors to teach beginners up to the standard of the National Sailing Scheme Level 2 and the Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3.

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RYA Dinghy Instructor

Ages 16+

Become an RYA Dinghy Instructor and start a career inspiring and teaching the next generation. A 5-day course, you will learn and practice effective communication styles & teaching methods.

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RYA Advanced Sailing Instructor Endorsement

Ages 16+

The next step in your instructor career to enable you to teach the RYA Performance Sailing Syllabus. Over 2 days we teach you the ins and outs of working with performance boats and teaching techniques.

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RYA Multihull Instructor Endorsement

Ages 16+

Transfer your multi-hull skills into an instructor endorsement with this 2-day course meaning you can learn how to teach RYA courses in multi-hulls.

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RYA SailFoil Instructor Endorsement

Adults only

Take the next step in your instructing career! The four-day RYA Instructor endorsement will take you on the path to be able to teach RYA First Flights or higher (Personal foiling level dependent)

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RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor

Adults only

Step up to the next level of instructing. The Senior Instructor (SI) is an experienced instructor who has been assessed as competent to organise and manage courses within the RYA’s Sailing Scheme.

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Need help finding the right activity?

Speak to our Centre team or send them a message, outlining what you might be interested in and they will be able to recommend some courses or activities, or help create something bespoke.

Call our central team

Call us on +44 (0)300 124 0449, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Outside of these hours you’re welcome to leave a message.

Send us an email

Drop us an email with your details at [email protected] and let us know how we can help. We aim to respond to emails the next working day.

Visit our Centres

You can pop in to your local Centre and speak to someone in person. To find your nearest Centre, please click here.