Tried one of our taster session and decided to start your sailing journey? You’re in the right place - this course is the best way to begin. 

It provides a introduction to sailing for beginners with around 15 hours dedicated sailing tuition spread over your holiday time or weekends.

All of our RYA Level 1 Sailing courses use our modern fleet of dinghies and include the following

  • Rigging
  • Rope work and knots
  • Practical sailing manoeuvres
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Rules of the ‘road' and safety 
  • Boat handling techniques and background knowledge
  • Sailing in all directions (Turn the boat)
  • Launching and recovery
  • Optional Capsize recovery


  • £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.

Man in Sailing dinghy in open water sailing dinghy in open water at sunset

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

    None! Just a desire to get out on the water and try your hand at some sailing!

    Ability to Swim 25m wearing a buoyancy aid

    Days and Times

    2 Days 9am-5pm

    Make Progress

    RYA Level 2 Sailing