Dinghy Level 1: Start Sailing


Course Title: Dinghy Level 1: Start Sailing

Boat: RS Zest

Certification: RYA Dinghy Level 1

Cost: €250

Course Duration: 2 days

Course Times: 9.30am-5.30pm

This Start Sailing Course introduces you to the basics of sailing. If you’re a fan of getting wet, then dinghies are for you! Want to stay dry – try our beginner yacht course for adults.


This course runs on the syllabus of Royal Yachting Association Level 1 and comprises of 12 hours tuition, over two days. Running from 9.30am until 5.30pm with a break for lunch.

Put simply we start at the beginning – it is assumed that all participants have no previous dinghy sailing experience but are water confident and have a can-do attitude with regard to getting to grips with life aboard a small dinghy!

The course syllabus includes:

  • Learning how to rig (Assembling your boat)
  • Pre-launch safety checks.
  • What clothing is the right clothing to wear?
  • Weather – what conditions are safe for me?
  • Turning the boat around – Tacking and Gybing.
  • Setting the sails according to what angle you’re sailing at to the wind.
  • Capsize recovery – Getting the boat back upright!
  • Learning how to determine the direction the wind is coming from.
  • Ropework!

The Boat

Your training boat is the RS Zest – a versatile dinghy designed with sailing training in mind, complete with reefable sail and plenty of cockpit space for you to get comfortable in.

We provide everything:

  • Wetsuit
  • Lifejacket / buoyancy Aid to
  • Waterproof jackets

What to bring:

  • Swimwear
  • Shower gear
  • Towel
  • Spare pair of clothes
  • Packed lunch

Book Here Now or call our team on 01 2844195.


  • Course 1: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April
  • Course 2: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April
  • Course 3: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May
  • Course 4: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May
  • Course 5: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June
  • Course 6: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June
  • Course 7: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June
  • Course 8: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June
  • Course 9: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July
  • Course 10: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July
  • Course 11: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July
  • Course 12: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July
  • Course 13: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August
  • Course 14: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August
  • Course 15: Saturday 24th and Sunday 15th August
  • Course 16: Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September
  • Course 17: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September

Book Here or call our team on 01 2844195.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

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    star rating  I would recommend anyone looking to improve their skills to attend this course. Excellent facilities, boats and really good instruction. Good craic with the group too. Will definitely do this... read more

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    December 5, 2022

    star rating  Really lovely staff, super friendly. Would highly recommend the kayak and paddle board rentals! Great with a small group or big group.

    June 25, 2020

    star rating  Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for a day out or lessons. Paddle board and kayak rentals are lots of fun.

    June 1, 2020