The RYA Young Sailors Scheme has been developed to encourage young people to learn to sail in stages within a sound framework of safety and tuition. No time limits are given for the different stages, as children learn at very different rates, according to their age and enthusiasm. With each of the stages expressed in terms of competencies, it gives instructors the flexibility to sign off each part of the syllabus as competence in that skill is demonstrated. Nobody can fail – they may just need a little more time and experience. Certificates are not awarded simply for attending a course. If your child falls into this category, we do not want them to feel they have failed in any way. Our aims are to ensure they will have had a lot of fun, learn a great deal and want to continue sailing in the future.
Stage 1 : Aged 8+ The syllabus for this stage will be covered in the first two days of the course. You should be able to launch a dinghy and get under way, steer and turn a dinghy when sailing, tie figure of eight knots, be happy in the water wearing personal buoyancy.
Stage 2 : Aged 8+ This three day course follows on from stage 1 and will develop your sailing skills along the syllabus as found in RYA Young Sailors Logbook G11. Pre-requisite is stage 1 or other suitable experience.
Stage 3 & 4: Aged 11+ This course will move further on with the RYA Start Sailing syllabus, covering the stages 3 and 4 as appropriate to each individual. By the end we hope to have everyone confidently sailing a dinghy in light wind conditions. Stage 3 will be in single handers with Stage 4 moving to double handers introducing the skills of crewing. It is unlikely that stage 3 and 4 will be achievable in one week. If your aim is to get both certificates, repeating this course would be the way forward.
All these courses are run simultaneously during our Young Sailors’ Week in the summer. The minimum age for this course is 8 years old. All participants must become cadet members at a cost of £54.
Duration: 5 Days
Times: 09.30 – 17.00
Course dates: 12th – 16th August 2024