Bay Sea School specialise in teaching adult beginners of all ages how to sail a small yacht on the sea.
If you're a total beginner the best way to get started is to book a 2-day beginner level course. Scroll down the page for course dates and you can book your place online right now!
Keelboat Levels 1 & 2 are taught together on the same day on our 2-day beginner level courses.
About Learning To Sail
Experts know the best way to learn to sail is on a small boat. Bay Sea School's small yacht, or keelboat, is ideal for adult beginners who prefer a safe, stable boat to learn to sail. Like a small dinghy, keelboats are very responsive giving you a great feel for sailing right from the start. And you'll be delighted to know, unlike dinghies, keelboats don't capsize! You stay safely in the boat at all times.
These excellent 2-day RYA keelboat courses are quite different from the RYA Cruising Scheme courses. Keelboat courses focus entirely on teaching you all the basic practical skills of how to be skipper & crew of a small yacht. You'll learn how to tack & gybe safely and how to adjust the sails for efficient sailing. In fact the syllabus is packed full of essential information to help you sail safely on the sea. It's easy to transfer these basic sailing skills to a larger cruising yacht later.
Beginner Courses - Levels 1 & 2
Level 1 RYA Start Sailing certificate - a gentle introduction to sailing - 2 day course
Level 2 RYA Basic Skills certificate - consolidating & developing level 1 skills - 2 day course
When you return for Level 2 you'll be amazed at how much you've already picked up after just two days of sailing tuition. Level 2 is when everything starts to come together. There's more about good seamanship, weather, anchoring and how to reef the mainsail. If you're not sure which level is best for you, that's no problem. Just book a 2-day beginner level course and we'll help you move on with your sailing from wherever you're up to.
If you've done a competent crew course and would like to be more confident with your basic sailing skills - wind awareness, helming & sail settings etc - our advice is to book a 2-day beginner level course. You'll have two days of excellent tidal sailing experience whilst revising and developing what you already know. We can also offer more personalised advice on what's next.
A 2-day course at Bay Sea School is an all-inclusive price. It covers the RYA Sailing Logbook (G4) and the RYA Start Sailing Handbook (G3). There's no extra charge for the RYA course completion certificates or the use of sailing waterproof trousers & jackets if required. All the necessary safety equipment is also provided.
Full joining instructions about what you need to bring will be sent after booking. Basically you just need non-marking footwear (trainers, wellies, crocks or deck shoes etc) for on-board the yacht, old gloves to avoid rope burn when gybing, warm layers, sunscreen and a packed lunch.
If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, alternative dates will be agreed. Please make a note of your start time below when booking your sailing course.
Dates for 2018 are now available on the calendar. Look there for your required date and you can use the form below to book your course.
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"Learnt a lot in 2 days!"
" The whole day was terrific. I really enjoyed it"
"The instructors complemented each other and were really knowledgeable"
I most liked...
"the balance of theory & practical and the opportunity for plenty of 'hands-on' practice.
Deirdre's explanation of rules of the road was excellent"
"the personal attention of the instructor, the boat and equipment"
"how the theory backed up the practical & the amount of practical"
"the detail and thoroughness of the instruction"
"gaining a clearer understanding of the basic skillsto improve my overall confidence"
"the feeling of sailing close to the wind and how everyone worked as a team"
"Excellent good all-round course. Deirdre is an excellent teacher"