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.


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: 22-23 April 2023

Saturday 22nd April 2023 - Sunday 23rd April 2023


Course 2: 29-30 April 2023

Saturday 29th April 2023 - Sunday 30th April 2023


Course 3: 13-14 May 2023

Saturday 13th May 2023 - Sunday 14th May 2023


Course 4: 20-21 May 2023

Saturday 20th May 2023 - Sunday 21st May 2023


Course 5: 10-11 June 2023

Saturday 10th June 2023 - Sunday 11th June 2023


Course 6: 17-18 June 2023

Saturday 17th June 2023 - Sunday 18th June 2023


Course 7: 24-25 June 2023

Saturday 24th June 2023 - Sunday 25th June 2023


Course 8: 8-9 July 2023

Saturday 8th July 2023 - Sunday 9th July 2023


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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