RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 1-4

Sailing can be fun for all ages and abilities

Youth beginners’ courses

The certificates within our Youth Sailing Scheme are a significant achievement. Instructors sign off each skill as you complete it and, once completed, your certificate can be of use in other areas of your study or activities such as PE at school, or the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Youth beginners’ courses

The Youth Scheme is usually completed in small dinghies suitable for your size.

To make the most of our courses, ensure you are confident with the skills of one course before moving on to the next course. Most courses are a minimum of two days long (or an equivalent number of short sessions). They may be run over a longer period, especially if you haven’t sailed since your last course. Sailing is a sport which gets better with practice, and you should try to sail between courses whenever you can. Practice makes perfect!

The maximum pupil to instructor ratio is 6:1

Please enquire here to contact the training team or email the address below.


Courses run for 2 Saturdays and 1 Wednesday evening but may be combined with Youth Squad sessions.

A RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Logbook will be issued on a official RYA course and available to buy in youth squad.

This course will be run at Ulley Country Park by Ulley Sailing Club

Stage 1 and 2

These stages of training are directed at young sailors with no prior sailing experience and will be taught by qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors. This will get our young members changing tack and controlling boat speed.

It will cover the following:

  • Launching and recovery of sailing dinghies
  • Steering
  • Boat Parts
  • Basic sailing
  • Rope work
  • Collision Avoidance

Stage 3

This stage is aimed at young sailors with some knowledge of sailing. This course is the equivalent to the adult Level 2 Course. Our young sailors will learn how to sail a triangular course in moderate conditions

It will cover the following:

  • Rigging
  • Launching and recovery
  • Sailing techniques
  • Capsize recovery
  • Sailing theory

Stage 4

This stage takes young sailors who can sail a triangular course in moderate weather conditions in single handers and focuses on getting them sailing a double handed boat around a triangular course in moderate conditions.

It will cover the following:

  • Rigging
  • Launching and recovery
  • Sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats
  • Recovering a man overboard