Youth Sailing

We offer sailing courses based on the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme for under 14s. Different age groups and ability levels are catered for in our program of courses. Instruction takes place from our centre  in Hamworthy Park in the very safe waters of Poole Harbour, safety boats and instructors are always in attendance with a maximum ratio of six students to one instructor.

When any youth sailing stages are completed the appropriate certificate will be issued, logbooks can be purchased at any time through your instructor or the office, and all completed parts can be signed off by your instructor. Courses are fully supervised by a senior instructor and the centre manager In the event of bad weather, alternative activities will be provided on all courses.

You will meet us at our centre in Hamworthy Park where you will meet your instructor at 9am and receive your course safety briefing.

Each RYA qualification takes approximately two full days to achieve, so your child may need to attend this course more than once to achieve the qualification if joining our half day courses.

The Centre has a team of experienced sailing staff, who will guide your child through these early stages of their sailing experience.  The shallow waters of Poole Harbour make it an ideal place to learn to sail.

Youth Sailing

RYA Stage 1

RYA Stage 1

Duration: 2 Days Course

Course Aim: To give a basic understanding of how a boat sails, with some experience of steering and handling the boat. 

Minimum Standard: None

Boat Sailed:  Laser Pico or RS Quba Kit and Clothing: 

  • Soft shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • A complete change of clothing, including a warm top and swim wear   
  • Towel and wash kit 
  • Sun cream, sunglasses, hat
  • Packed Lunch

By the end of this introductory course you will have had a great time! You should also be able to: launch a dinghy and get under way; steer and turn a dinghy when sailing; tie figure of eight knots; know the parts of the boat and be confident in the boat.

Books to go with course: (Purchased separately)Youth sailing scheme Logbook G11, Start sailing beginners handbook G3


RYA Stage 2

Duration 2 Day Course

Youth Training Scheme Stage 2 Getting Better, the next step in your sailing journey. at the completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Rig my own boat.
  • Turn the boat around.
  • Ican start and stop.
  • I can recover my capsizes
  • I know what the No Go Zone is.
RYA Sailing Stage

RYA Stage 3

RYA Stage 3

Duration 2 Day Course

Youth Training Scheme Stage 3 – Getting Good This is the “Big One” and at the successful completion of your 2 day Stage 3 course you will be a competent light wind sailor able to control your own boat all by yourself and be the envy of all your friends too!

A few of the tasks you will master on your stage 3 course are:

  • Rigging without assistance.
  • Launch and recovery without assistance in onshore wind.
  • Knots – Bowline, clove hitch and rolling hitch.
  • Sail a triangular course.
  • Man overboard recovery.
  • Applying the five essentials.
  • Tacking and gybing.
  • Preparing for a tow.

RYA Stage 4

Duration 2 Day Course

Youth Training Scheme Stage 4 – Having arrived at a Stage 4 certificate means that you have the skills necessary to sail a double handed boat as crew or helm and solve a variety of problems afloat. Passing this course is the natural entry point for the advanced courses in the National Sailing Scheme. By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Rig, launch and recover in any wind condition.
  • Set up a boat according to weather conditions using sail and rig controls.
  • Tie and know the uses of figure of eight, round turn two half hitches, reef knot, bowline, clove hitch, rolling hitch, sheet bend.
  • Demonstrate sailing techniques and manoeuvres from Stage 3 in a crewed boat.
  • Communicate effectively as helm and crew.
  • Effectively use the 5 essentials by helm and crew including use of tell – tales.
  • Recover a man overboard.
  • Demonstrate returning to a beach, jetty or mooring safely in any wind direction
RYA Stage 4