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).
To be confirmed
We can also recommend the following local external organisations who can provide this course:
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
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.
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.
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:
Decathlon (stores at Surrey Quays, Lakeside, Crawley, Purley Way and Brighton)
Ocean Leisure (store at Embankment)
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.