LEARN TO SAIL 2-day Courses:
Level 1 Start Sailing &
Level 2 Basic Skills 

Photo of two people learning to sail a yacht on the sea

Welcome to Bay Sea School, the 'go-to' place in the North West where adult beginners learn to sail on the sea in a small yacht (also called a keelboat). 

Discover the basics of how to sail on a series of 2-day courses and turn your sailing dream into reality!

COVID 19 Restrictions: We're unable to meet social distancing requirements on our practical sailing courses because we sit shoulder to shoulder for about 5 hours.  Please sign up to our mailing list  to be notified of course dates.

"Fantastic location & instruction!"

Beginners & Improvers 

  • Level 1 Start Sailing - Ideal for absolute beginners who'd like a gentle introduction to sailing. You'll steer the boat, adjust the sails and experience what's involved in sailing on the sea with the security of having a professional skipper onboard.
  • Level 2 Basic Skills - The next step after Level 1. It's aimed at sailors of all levels who want to build confidence in the basics. You'll do lots of tacking & gybing and learn more about weather charts, tidal sailing techniques, all points of sail, reefing the sails, man overboard under sail & anchoring. 

As a complete beginner you'll be amazed how much you pick up during your first two days on Level 1.  After four days tuition (Level 1 followed by Level 2) you'll experience all the basics of how to skipper & crew a small yacht on the sea. 

Expert sailors know the best way to learn to sail is on a small boat rather than a larger cruising yacht.  With a winning combination of manoeuvrability and stability keelboats are the ideal way to learn the basics. They're also a good option for adults who find dinghy sailing a bit cramped & uncomfortable. You need to be mobile enough to board the yacht from the inflatable boat & also to move promptly from a seated position on one side of the yacht to the other.  Call us if you want to know more about this.

Bay Sea School normally restrict numbers on their keelboat courses to 3 students but can accommodate 4 if necessary.  

When you book a 2-day beginner level course you can work towards either Level 1 or Level 2 because we run both courses together. 

Experienced Instructors at Bay Sea School
Principal & Chief Instructor John Parlane is a Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner.  He's also winner of the RYA 'Instructor of the Year' award.  His professional work includes inspecting other RYA recognised training centres so your safety on the water is very important at Bay Sea School. Deirdre, the other instructor, is a Yachtmaster Offshore with nearly 30 years of sailing experience on the sea.

The Best Way to Learn to Sail - read more about it.

Beginner to Day Skipper is a useful pathway through the various RYA courses to gaining your ICC (International Certificate of Competence). 

Your 2-day course fee (£310 per person) includes:

  • RYA Sailing Logbook (G4)
  • Bay Sea School's unique course notes
  • RYA course completion certificate
  • Free use of sailing waterproof trousers & jackets if required (adult sizes small to extra-large)
  • All the necessary safety equipment including auto inflate life-jacket

If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, alternative dates will be agreed.  Please read our Terms & Conditions.

Please make a note of your start time when booking your course. Every day is different due to the tide.
The second day may starts up to an hour later. 

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It's now unlikely that we will run any practical sailing courses this season.       
The next season starts in April 2022 
If you're interested in yacht cruising or boating on the sea  
there's a great online course for beginners called 'Essential Navigation & Seamanship'. 

 Click here for course joining instructions