Adult and WOW( Women on Water)

The RYA National Sailing Scheme starts with the three 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 National Sailing Scheme – Basic Courses

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Introducing you sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision Setting out the foundations of sailing for you Consolidating skills and trying new ones
Assumed knowledge None Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1 Sailing skills to the standard of Level 2
Minimum duration 2 days 2 days, but is often combined with the Level 1 course into a 4 or 5 day course 2 days or equivalent
Minimum age 16 16 16
Course content How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge Coaching of level 1 and 2 skills and taster sessions from the advanced modules
Ability after course Able to sail in light winds under supervision Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules


All courses must be pre-booked using the appropriate application form and paid in full.

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

Courses are planned for the following dates:-

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 here

Further information is available by emailing: or by calling James on 07730006149 or Heather on 07718462818

“WOW” (Women on Water)

“WOW” – (Women on Water ) A new programme for 2016 giving the opportunity for ladies to have some fun social sailing in the presence of a female instructor. While sailing is a fun-filled sport, there are also many other health benefits, including stress-busting, keeping fit and learning new skills. The WOW programme will give those who are not members of a club the chance to get out on the water and give sailing a go.

As part of the RYA NI’s Active Clubs Initiative “The WOW programme is a fantastic opportunity for women to get out on the water and learn how to sail. WOW focuses on the social aspect of sailing rather than being competitive so it will be a great way to meet new people as well as having fun and keeping fit!

“Sailing is a thrilling sport and after the first week of sailing you’re sure to be hooked. It is also a lifetime sport and something that can be enjoyed with all the family through family membership. Give it a go and you won’t look back.

After a warm shower adjourn to the Clubhouse for some coffee or for the non-drivers a drink and a chat.

Adult Social Sailing

An opportunity to use Club boats for sailing practice, aimed at those who do not have their own boats but want to practice sailing and become more independent sailors. An instructor will be present in a rescue boat during the session.

Dinghy L1 – Start Sailing (16+)

You will get a chance to sail in our larger dinghies (2-3 people plus an instructor) and/or single handed boats (1 person only). You will be in close proximity to the beach and centre so never too far from your instructor and safety boats who will be keeping you right and making it all great fun.

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Dinghy L2 – Basic Skills (16+)

You will continue to refine your sailing skills with as much time as possible afloat in a variety of dinghies. You will become independently responsible of the full process of getting on the sea and for making good decisions once afloat. On completion of this course, you should be able to rig, launch and confidently sail your own dinghy without an instructor on board. Recommended reading:

Dinghy L3 – Better sailing (16+)

Course available on request

This improver course seeks to bridge the gap between Start Sailing L1, Basic Skills (L2) and the five Advanced Modules. It is intended to make the transition easier for those sailors wishing to progress further through the scheme, allowing them opportunity to practice and

Consolidate their techniques and also have a taster of what some of the advanced modules have to offer. This will help build confidence, support progression and enable a greater chance of success and achievement of the advanced module outcomes.

More emphasis will be given to two person dinghies.

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Sailing with Spinnakers (16+)

Course available on request

Being able to sail with a spinnaker changes the whole concept of sailing down wind. It is great fun and commands concentration and constant trimming of the sail. The helm and crew work together to keep the boat balance and trim correct and thus getting the best from the boat. By gaining confidence and understanding of sailing with the spinnaker you will broaden your opportunities in the sport and is also ideal for getting involved in racing double handed boats. Recommended reading:


Performance sailing (16+)

Course available on request

This course is aimed for those who have continued sailing on a regular basis for a full season since gaining a level 2 certificate. If you are not following the RYA pathway then view it as a course for a competent sailor who can sail independently of an instructor and wants to improve their techniques. Our instructors will focus on particular boat handling skills that will enable you to perform better. Our double handed boats will be used and conditions permitting, spinnaker work will also be part of the course content.

If you are club racer, or want to be, this course could be your secret weapon for future success!