Richard MeakinRYA Training Principal


The courses listed on this page are for members of Bough Beech Sailing Club

Membership Information

Learning to Sail

RYA Level 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing Course

Suitable for beginners, this course covers the basics of sailing including rigging and launching the boat, sailing in all directions, capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge.  You will need to attend all of the sessions of a course to be eligible to gain the RYA qualification.

RYA level 1&2 courses are run for members from time to time at Bough Beech Sailing Club (a course fee normally applies).

2019 Dates:

Course 2: Sep 7,14,21 & 28

We can also recommend the following local external organisations who can provide this course:

Adventure Kent, Bewl Water Outdoor Centre TN3 8JH 

Danson Park Watersports Centre, Bexley Heath DA6 8HL

Improving Your Sailing

Adult Improvers Sessions

Confidence Building sessions for adult members wishing to improve their sailing

Our Improvers sessions provide members with informal practice with the help and advice of our volunteers and volunteer RYA qualified instructors.   Suitable for those who have completed RYA level 1&2 or equivalent experience.  These sessions aim to develop your sailing skills and gain experience to help you become a confident leisure sailor or get ready to start racing.  Sailing is usually in the club’s RS Qubas, Laser Picos or Wayfarers but you are also welcome to use your own boat.

The Improvers Sessions take place on selected Sunday afternnons and start at 2pm.  You will need to allow time to change and rig your boat before this.

  • Cost £5 per session for members using a club boat

  • No charge for members using their own boat


2019 Dates

Adult Improvers
Family Sailing
May5th , 19th26th
Jun2nd, 16th, 30th23rd
Jul 14th, 28th21st
Sep1st, 15th, 29th29th
Oct13th, 27th

Family Sailing Sunday Afternoon Sessions

Run on selected Sunday afternoons, this is a chance for non-sailing members whose children are attending youth sailing to get out on the water themselves and discover more about dinghy sailing.  The sessions will take place in the club’s Wayfarer dinghys alongside a competent helm.

Start Racing

Sunday afternoon club races are generally quieter than the morning races and are a good place to start racing.  Crewing with a more experienced helm in a double handed boat is also a useful way to pick up on tactics.  Club Boats may be hired by members to compete in racing events at the club.

Boat Hire

Suitable Sailing Clothing

Wetsuits or drysuits are recommended for most months of the year, and compulsory from November to April.  Additional fleecy layers, gloves + woolly /fleecy hats also recommended in the colder months.

Some sources for dinghy sailing clothing suppliers:

The Dinghy Show held in March at Alexandra Palace is a good place to search for clothing (show bargins to be had)

Power Boat Courses

RYA Level 2 powerboat courses are run at Bough Beech Sailing Club.   A course fee normally applies.

The club also runs its own training course for safety boat skippers.

First Aid Courses

A one day RYA first aid course is run from time to time.  A course fee normally applies.

Dinghy Instructor Training

RYA Dinghy Instructor courses are run at Bough Beech Sailing Club from time to time.  Participants will need to have completed the first aid course and power boat level 2 before undertaking the instructor training.  A course fee normally applies.

Club members can also receive a 20% discount on the dinghy instrutor course available at Rockley Point Centre, Poole Harbour, if booked through the club.