LEARN TO SAIL 2-day Courses

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

Level 1 Start Sailing &

Level 2 Basic Skills

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; Levels 1, 2 & 3.

"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 your instructor onboard.
  • Level 2 Basic Skills - The next step after Level 1. Suitable for all sailors who want to build confidence in the basics. You'll do lots of tacking & gybing, learn more about weather charts, tidal sailing, all points of sail, reefing the sails, anchoring and how to sail back to a man overboard.

As a complete beginner you'll be amazed how much you pick up during your first two days on Level 1.  After all 4 days of the beginner level course (Level 1 followed by Level 2) you'll experience all the basics of how to skipper & crew a small yacht on the sea. 

The basic sailing skills are introduced on Level 1 and developed on Level 2.  We teach both levels at the same time on the boat.  But Level 1 theory is quite different to Level 2 theory so we'll need to know which level to provide for you ahead of your practical sessions.  If you're not sure, have a chat with us, or just start with Level 1. 

The Best Way to Learn to Sail - read more about the various topics on Level 1 & 2 and an explanation of the RYA sailing schemes and what they provide.

Please note: 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.  

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

Further Information
Beginner to Day Skipper 
Read more about a pathway through the various RYA courses to gaining your ICC (International Certificate of Competence). 

2-day course fee - £310 per person
This includes:

  • RYA Sailing Logbook (G4)
  • Bay Sea School's unique online course (a link will be sent within one month of your course date)
  • RYA course completion certificate
  • Free use of sailing waterproof trousers & jackets (adult sizes small to extra-large) though we recommend using your own if possible
  • 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 for day 1 when booking your course. Every day is different due to the tide.  The second day may start and end up to an hour later. 

Course Dates Start Time  Finish  Places left
Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st May 9.30 am 3.30 pm FULL
Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd June 10.30 am 4.30 pm FULL
Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th June 9 am 3 pm FULL
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th June 10.30 am 4.30 pm FULL
Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th June 9 am 3 pm FULL
Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July 10 am 4 pm FULL
Saturday 2nd July & Sunday 3rd July 11.30 am 5 pm FULL
Thursday 14th July & Friday 15th July 9.30 am 3.30 pm FULL
Saturday 16th July & Sunday 17th July 11.30 am 5 pm FULL
Monday 18th July & Tuesday 19th July 1 pm 6.30 pm FULL
Possible dates for end of July TBC mid-June 
Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th September 10.30 am 4.30 pm FULL
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th September 12 noon 6 pm 2
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 8.45 am 2.45 pm FULL
Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th September 9.30 am 3.30 pm 1
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