During our holiday weeks (3 at Easter and 7 during the summer) all of the courses below are available. Each course is taught by a qualified RYA instructor with course materials, boat and equipment hire all included in the price. Have a quick read of the guide below to decide which course is right for your child. If you need any help deciding then give us a call on 01753683872 or drop us an email at training@dwsc.co.uk. Each course costs £250.

To book please follow this link and select which week and course you would like to book on to.

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.

So now you’ve learnt the basics. You’re quite comfortable on all points of sail, happy reefing when necessary and can sail back to a MOB. That’s great but what about sailing backwards? It’s not as silly as it sounds, it’s a classy way to get out of a tight corner. Also, have you ever tried steering without a rudder, just using the 5 essentials? Want to learn how? These are just some of the topics on this advanced course. You’ve got the sailing bug and there’s only one remedy. Carry on! Now add the skills to cope with all eventualities.

The RYA Start Racing course is aimed at building the confidence of those sailors who have done the RYA Level 3 or RYA Stage 4. This course is an excellent introduction to racing and provides you with all the skills you will need in order to compete in racing events.

Do you have a need? A need for speed? Well hoist that spinnaker and get planing. Not sure how to do that yet? Well have no fear, Sailing with Spinnakers is here. Everything you need to know about sailing with a kite whether symmetric or asymmetric.