Junior Training

Junior stage 1-4

The RYA Youth Sailing Scheme starts with the four basic modules shown in the table below. These are followed by the more advanced modules of “sailing with spinnakers” and “performance sailing” and a progression of racing modules.



RYA Youth Sailing Scheme basic courses

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. (optional if Stage 3 was taken in a double hander
Assumed knowledge None Stage 1, unless you are doing a combined Stage 1 and 2 course. Basic knowledge and steering ability Up to and including the Stage 2 course Up to and including Stage 3
Minimum duration 2 days 2 days 2 days 2 days
Minimum age 8 8 8 8
Course content Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing Basic sailing skills, rope work, collision avoidance Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and maneuvers in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard
Ability after course Able to steer and understand basic principles Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions


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These brilliant courses are suitable for beginners, starting with RYA stage 1 and progressing up to RYA stage 3 &4. Children can learn to sail or improve their skills in a safe environment under our excellent instruction. These are one of our most popular courses.

It really is the way to get your child excited about watersports. It is fun being with others and the content is all geared towards their needs and making it as enjoyable as possible. We have a variety of dinghies that they will use and by the end of the five days sailors may have tried the single handed as well as double handed. The instructors will be delivering the appropriate level of theory to combine with their practical level of performance and hopefully at the end of the 5 days they will fulfil the syllabus and achieve the certificate being aimed for.

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Our courses all weather dependant and we will do our best to maximise the time on the water, combining it with a certain amount of theory that accompanies all courses.

Please bring the following with you:

  • waterproof, wetsuit and buoyancy aid if you have them, if not we can provide them
  • warm clothing for the upper body, close fitting sweat shirts
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Wet suit boots or trainers that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Towel and change of clothes
  • Medication
  • Sun screen in summer
  • Pack lunch and bottle of water

Note: For all under 18s,  Parent / guardians shall complete an indemnity form on the first morning of the course before participation in the course.

Sessions can be booked through our online booking system. See upcoming courses in this category on the right hand side of the page or the complete list is available here
Further information is available by emailing: training@donaghadeesc.co.uk or by calling James on 07730006149 or Heather on 07718462818