Dinghy Level 1 : Start Sailing


Certification: RYA Dinghy Level 1

Cost: €200

Course Duration: 2 days

Course Times: 9.30am-5pm

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.

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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 9: 15-16 July 2023

Saturday 15th July 2023 - Sunday 16th July 2023


Course 10: 22-23 July 2023

Saturday 22nd July 2023 - Sunday 23rd July 2023


Course 11: 29-30 July 2023

Saturday 29th July 2023 - Sunday 30th July 2023


Course 12: 12-13 August 2023

Saturday 12th August 2023 - Sunday 13th August 2023


Course 13: 19-20 August 2023

Saturday 19th August 2023 - Sunday 20th August 2023


Course 14: 26-27 August 2023

Saturday 26th August 2023 - Sunday 27th August 2023


Course 15: 9-10 September 2023

Saturday 9th September 2023 - Sunday 10th September 2023


Course 16: 16-17 September 2023

Saturday 16th September 2023 - Sunday 17th September 2023


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    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

    star rating  I have just done the RYA Competent Crew course here, five-days aboard the 36-foot Beaufort Venture under the guidance of instructor Gary Curran. The whole week surpassed my expectations, and... read more

    July 1, 2017

    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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