"Fantastic location &
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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Beginner Level Courses (4 days tuition in total - Level 1 followed by Level 2)
- 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.
As a complete beginner 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 followed soon after by Level 2) you'll experience all the basics of how to be crew & skipper of a small yacht on the sea.
Bay Sea School choose 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 any 2-day beginner course you can work towards Level 1 or Level 2. If you're not sure where you fit into this RYA training scheme, you can decide which level is best for you after you arrive and you've had a chance to experience what's involved. Most people choose to do Level 1 first to consolidate their previous experience. This allows 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 & cruising. With a winning combination of manoeuvrability and stability they're the ideal choice if small dinghies aren't your thing! Keelboats provide a great hands-on feel for sailing like a dinghy. And they have several key advantages too: they're bigger, there's more room to move around, the rigging & control lines are more like a yacht and most importantly, they've a fixed keel underneath which stops them from capsizing.
These excellent RYA keelboat courses teach the basic dinghy syllabus adapted for yacht sailing on the sea. And learning to sail with Bay Sea School you'll be taught by mature instructors each with over 25 years sailing experience on the sea!
Read more about the journey from Beginner to Day Skipper
Your course fee includes:
- 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 when booking your course. The second day sometimes starts up to an hour later depending on the tide.
|Good Friday 19/4/2019||9 am||Sat 20/4/2019||FULL|
|Easter Sunday 21/4/2019||10 am||Mon 22/4/2019||FULL|
|Tue 23/4/2019||10.30 am||Wed 24/4/2019||FULL|
|Bank Holiday Weekend
|8.30 am||Sun 5/5/2019||FULL|
|9 am||Tue 7/5/2019||FULL|
|Wed 8/5/2019||10 am||Thu 9/5/2019||FULL|
|Mon 20/5/2019||9 am||Tue 21/5/2019||FULL|
|Tues 4/6/2019||9 am||Wed 5/6/2019||1|
|Thu 6/6/2019||10 am||Fri 7/6/2019||2|
|Mon 17/6/2019||9 am||Tue 18/6/2019||1|
|Wed 19/6/2019||9.30 am||Thu 20/6/2019||FULL|
|Thu 4/7/2019||9 am||Fri 5/7/2019||2|
|Sat 6/7/2019||1030 am||Sun 7/7/2019||FULL|
|Thu 18/7/2019||9 am||Fri 19/7/2019||FULL|
|Thu 1/8/2019||8.30 am||Fri 2/8/2019||3|
|Sat 3/8/2019||9.30 am||Sun 4/8/2019||2|
|Thu 15/8/2019||9 am||Fri 16/8/2019||3|
|Mon 19/8/2019||1030 am||Tue 20/8/2019||3|
|Sat 31/8/2019||9 am||Sun 1/9/2019||3|
|Wed 4/9/2019||11 am||Thu 5/9/2019||3|
|Sat 14/9/2019||9 am||Sun 15/9/2019||3|
|Mon 16/9/2019||9 am||Tue 17/9/2019||3|
|Wed 18/9/2019||1030 am||Thu 19/9/2019||3|
"Patient and calm instructors. Different modes of learning. Felt able to ask questions and make mistakes. Great activities and tasks"
"Instructors have great knowledge and can pass this knowledge on in a very pleasant and efficient way"
"Patient explanation and good humour"
"Excellent throughout. Great teaching. Practical tutorship brilliant. (Weather perfect!)"
"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"