*** Covid-19 update.We are offering private tuition to members with some sailing experience and 20-knot squad. Please email sailing@dwsc.co.uk to find out more & to book. We hope we will be able to resume training soon***

Our Saturday sailing session run in the AM (10AM -1PM) & PM (2-5), where students attend a block of 6 Saturdays in either Spring, Summer or Autumn terms.

Using a team of RYA qualified and experienced instructors and the wide range of boats we have available. We offer courses under the RYA syllabus for all ages (7+).

Booking Dates

Spring sessions: 18th April – 16th May

Summer sessions: 6th June – 11th July

Autumn sessions: 5th September- 10th October

Stage 1 is designed as an introduction for sailing novices. It’s ideal for anyone wishing to start their sailing career and gain some confidence on the water. This course takes you through parts of the boat, tacking, wind directions, rigging/de-rigging your boat as well as lots of practical experience in either oppies or toppers depending on the sailor’s age.

Stage 2 builds on the core skills, teaching sailors to launch and recover their boat, sail around a shallow triangular course, gybing, understand the five essentials and experience a capsize drill. Sailors will be sailing in either oppies or toppers.

Stage 3 gives young sailors the confidence to sail independently. This is also the right stage to start racing through our various racing programs (see: 20 kt squad). Sailors will also have the knowledge of rigging their own boat, will be able to identify the various parts of their boat and sail, get themselves dressed in the correct clothing for the weather conditions and have a basic understanding of the ‘rules of the road’ whilst out sailing. Stage 3 is the end of the beginner single-hander pathway.

For all young sailors ready to move up to an advanced level, the Stage 4 certificate means that you have the skill to sail a double-handed boat as a crew or helm, rig and launch in any wind direction, apply the use of rig controls and reefing depending on the wind conditions and can demonstrate the advanced sailing techniques and manoeuvres.

It is highly recommended that all sailors are able to sail to a confident standard and have spent plenty of time on the water developing and refining the skills acquired in stages 1, 2 and 3.