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Adult beginners' courses

Learn to sail with the National Sailing Scheme

The scheme is a series of two-day courses for adults wanting to learn in dinghies, small keelboats and multihulls.

It has been designed to help you enjoy whichever aspect of the sport appeals to you.

Adult beginners' courses

The scheme is comprised of a series of two-day courses enabling you to progress quickly from beginner to experts in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment. Each course can be taken in a dinghy, small keelboat or multihull (click here for an explanation).

Level 1

Introducing you sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision

Level 2

Setting out the foundations of sailing for you


Level 3

Consolidating skills and trying new ones 


Assumed knowledge None Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1 Sailing skills to the standard of Level 2
Minimum duration 2 days 2 days, but is often combined with the Level 1 course into a 4 or 5 day course 2 days or equivalent
Minimum age 16 16 16
Course content How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge Coaching of level 1 and 2 skills and taster sessions from the advanced modules
Ability after course Able to sail in light winds under supervision Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules
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Dinghy Level 1

Multihull Level 1

Keelboats Level 1

Dinghy Level 2

Multihull Level 2

Keelboats Level 2

Dinghy Level 3

Multihull Level 3

Keelboats Level 3

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