Beginner 2-day Sailing Courses
RYA Level 1 or Level 2

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

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Bay Sea School is unique in the North West. It's the 'go to' place for adults to learn to sail on the sea on a 22ft yacht (also called a keelboat). 

This RYA Training Centre is very different in other ways too. John, the Principal & Chief Instructor is no ordinary dinghy sailing instructor but a highly experienced Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner as well as a winner of the RYA 'Instructor of the Year' award. He also inspects training centres for the RYA. So your safety on the water is very important at Bay Sea School. 

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Two Beginner Level Courses  (4 days tuition in total)

  • Level 1 Start Sailing - 2-day course. A gentle introduction to keelboat/yacht sailing on the sea for complete beginners and those with some experience as crew
  • Level 2 Basic Skills - 2-day course. Develop your sailing skills as the skipper. Topics include reefing & MOB under sail & anchoring

You'll be amazed at how much you pick up during your first two days of sailing tuition. Over a total of four days tuition (Level 1 and Level 2) you'll experience all the basics of how to be skipper of a small yacht on the sea.

Bay Sea School prefer to restrict numbers on their keelboat courses to 3 people but can accommodate 4 students if required. The instructor stays with you on the boat providing personalised instruction throughout your course. When you book a 2-day beginner course you can work towards Level 1 or Level 2. If you're not sure, you can decide which level is best for you after you arrive when you've had a chance to experience what's involved. Most people choose to do Level 1 first to consolidate their previous experience and allow a little more time to absorb all the new experiences of keelboat sailing on the sea. 

Expert sailors know the best way to learn to sail is on a small boat rather than a cruising yacht. So keelboats are the perfect option for adult beginners interested in yacht sailing. With a winning combination of manoeuvrability and stability they're the ideal choice if you're not quite as agile as you once were. Keelboats provide a great hands-on feel for sailing like on a small dinghy. But their great advantage is they are much bigger and have a fixed keel underneath which stops them from capsizing.

These excellent RYA keelboat courses teach the basic dinghy syllabus which is adapted for yacht sailing on the sea. There's lots of extra information from John & Deirdre too, specifically for adults interested in moving on to yacht cruising. So learning to sail with Bay Sea School you'll be taught by mature instructors each with over 25 years sailing experience on the sea! 

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What's included with my course fee?

  • RYA Sailing Logbook (G4)
  • RYA Start Sailing Handbook (G3)
  • RYA course completion certificate
  • Use of sailing waterproof trousers & jackets if required
  • All the necessary safety equipment including auto inflate life-jacket

 If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, alternative dates will be agreed. 

Please make a note of your start time for day 1 when booking your sailing course. The second day sometimes starts a little later due to the tides.

Start Time Finish Places Available
2019 SAILING DATES      
Sat 6/4/2019 9 am Sun 7/4/2019 1
Mon 8/4/2019 10 am Tue 9/4/2019 FULL
Good Friday 19/4/2019 9 am  Sat 20/4/2019 1
Easter Sunday 21/4/2019 10 am Mon 22/4/2019 3
Tue 23/4/2019 10.30 am Wed 24/4/2019 1
Bank Holiday Weekend
Sat 4/5/2019
8.30 am Sun 5/5/2019 1
Bank Holiday
Mon 6/5/2019
9 am Tue 7/5/2019 1
Wed 8/5/2019 10 am Thu 9/5/2019 1
Mon 20/5/2019 9 am Tue 21/5/2019 2
Mon 17/6/2019 9 am Tue 18/6/2019 2
Wed 19/6/2019 9.30 am Thu 20/6/2019 3
Thu 4/7/2019 9 am Fri 5/7/2019 3
Sat 6/7/2019 1030 am Sun 7/7/2019 1
Thu 18/7/2019 9 am Fri 19/7/2019 3
Thu 1/8/2019 8.30 am Fri 2/8/2019 3
Sat 3/8/2019 9.30 am Sun 4/8/2019 3
Thu 15/8/2019 9 am Fri 16/8/2019 3
Mon 19/8/2019 1030 am Tue 20/8/2019

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