If you’re ready to give sailing a try and want to get the basic understanding of how a boat sails, and some experience of steering and handling, this is an ideal starting place.

You’ll get full safety instruction by an Instructor  - no it’s not boring we promise! And then you’ll be launching into a good time on the water.

Using one of our modern Laser Pico or RS QuBa, the course includes:

  • 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
  • Be confident in the boat

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


  • £150 pp

Money from every activity you purchase goes directly to helping those less fortunate to try the same activities. You can see where your money makes a difference by checking out our charity page for our latest projects.

Sailing Dinghy with White Sail on Calm water Heeling in a sailing dinghy

Harbour Challenge is easy to find - we are in the centre of Hamworthy Park in Poole. You can leave your car at Hamworthy Park Surface Car Park and take a short walk to the Centre. Please note that this is now a pay and display carpark between March to October.

Take the main path through the park, walk past the paddling pool and cafe to the cream-coloured building at the end of the park. This is the main Harbour Challenge Centre.

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  • Useful Info

    Experience Required

    Enthusiasm for Sailing

    Able to swim 25m wearing a buoyancy aid

    Make Progress

    Youth RYA Level 2

    Dates & Times

    Two Day Course 09:30-16-30hrs