Level 1: Start Sailing


Certification: RYA Dinghy Level 1

Cost: €199

The 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 5pm 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!

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

To book this course:

Step 1:  Online payment, after which you will receive an email confirmation with a link to an online form.

Step 2:  Submission of the online form.

Your course booking will only be secured once both steps are completed.


This course will provide you with a fantastic foundation in the sport of sailing – by the end of your time with us you will know the basics well and be ready to up the ante and sign up for a Level 2 Course.

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 – from your wetsuit to Lifejacket / Buoyancy Aid to waterproof jackets to wear whilst afloat. All you need to bring along is swimwear, shower gear, a towel, spare pair of clothes, a packed lunch and most importantly a can do attitude.

Course Calendar

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Course 1

Saturday 7th May - Sunday 8th May


Course 2

Saturday 14th May - Sunday 15th May


Course 3

Saturday 21st May - Sunday 22nd May


Course 4

Saturday 28th May - Sunday 29th May


Course 5

Saturday 11th June - Sunday 12th June


Course 6

Saturday 18th June - Sunday 19th June


Course 7

Saturday 25th June - Sunday 26th June


Course 8

Saturday 2nd July - Sunday 3rd July


Course 9

Saturday 9th July - Sunday 10th July


Course 10

Saturday 16th July - Sunday 17th July


Course 11

Saturday 23rd July - Sunday 24th July


Course 12

Saturday 6th August - Sunday 7th August


Course 13

Saturday 13th August - Sunday 14th August


Course 14

Saturday 20th August - Sunday 21st August


Course 15

Saturday 3rd September - Sunday 4th September


Course 16

Saturday 17th September - Sunday 18th September


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