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RYA Dinghy Level 1 & 2

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For adults wishing to learn sailing in dinghies, the Club offers two courses which enable you to progress quickly from beginner to confident sailor in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment. Both are RYA Accredited Courses comprised of two days instruction for each level, usually over two individual weekends.

RYA Dinghy Level 1 - For those with no prior knowledge or experience of dinghy sailing (2 days).

RYA Dinghy Level 2 - For RYA Level 1 certificate holders, or the equivalent experience of tidal waters. (2 days).

Course Description: These courses provide a sound introduction to the sport of sailing. You will learn boat handling skills and essential background knowledge. You will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing, and after completing Level 2, be capable of sailing without an instructor in light/medium winds.

Ratio: 8 students : 3 Instructors

Course Duration: Each level is held over two days, usually two consecutive Saturdays.

What's Included: RYA Start Sailing beginners handbook & RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook.

Ability after the course:

Level 1: The ability to sail in light/medium strength winds, in all directions. You will have an awareness of launching and returning to beach and pontoon.

Level 2: You will have experienced rigging, capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge, with an awareness of weather conditions, tides and able to sail and make decisions in good conditions.

NB: All training sessions will be provided on Club boats; RS Tera, RS Quba, RS Vision and Laser Bahia. Equipment will be provided if required (including wetsuits and buoyancy aids).

Course Cost: £250 per each level for non MYC members e.g. Level 1 = £250. Level 2 = £250. Each level includes a single adult membership to MYC for one year in the price.

Price for existing and current members of MYC - £150 for Level 1 & Level 2 combined.

Next Steps after Level 2: we offer Level 3, spinnaker sessions, and race training for beginners.


Once you've mastered the basics, club racing is an excellent way to improve your sailing skills, MYC races on a Wednesday evening and Sunday morning. Learning in a dinghy is a great way to start sailing. Single-handers (boats sailed by one person) are a popular choice and can be the quickest way to learn due to being lightweight and easy to rig and launch. If you don't fancy being in a boat alone, double-handers are larger boats designed to be sailed by two people, making it an enjoyable way to learn with others aboard. The choice is yours!

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Last updated 13:16 on 10 February 2024

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