Sailing has great health and fitness benefits for children. It develops hand-eye coordination, balance and muscle strength, and gives them a taste for the great outdoors. It helps the mind as well as the body: the thrill of handling a dinghy can do wonders for self confidence. With all these benefits in mind, we run junior and youth dinghy sailing courses for eight years old through to teens. They’re equally welcome whether they’ve never set foot in a boat before or are already into racing.
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Junior Dinghy Sailing
RYA Courses to suit 8- 12 year olds. Whether you have never set foot on a boat or want to develop your skills further we can help.
Youth Dinghy Sailing
These courses are aimed at 12 - 16 year olds and can take you from zero to hero in a week!
Junior & Youth Sailing Clubs
From 8 - 16 we've got an evening sailing club for you. Come and join in the fun each week.
Not sure where to start? Take a look at our Junior Dinghy Sailing Pathway:
Our RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Stage 1 courses introduce the basics of launching, sailing and recovering a boat. Children can then progress through the RYA Stages, learning to rig, gyb, hike out, and more. Secondary-school children may be able to use their sailing qualifications in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. As children advance, they could learn to sail faster, with some race training or spinnaker skills. Or they could transfer their dinghy skills to a keelboat. Most courses take place at weekends or during school holidays, but to stop your kids going into withdrawal on weekdays or in term-time, we run our Big Blue Boat Club and Big Red Race Club on summer weekday evenings.