Beginner 2-day Sailing Courses
RYA Levels 1 & 2

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

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 book your place online right now!

We teach RYA Keelboat Levels 1 & 2 together on our 2-day beginner level courses. So if you've done some helming already or completed Level 1 in a dinghy you can easily move on with Level 2 by booking any beginner level course below.

About Learning To Sail
Experts know the best way to learn to sail is on a small boat. Bay Sea School's small yacht, sometimes called a keelboat, is ideal for adult beginners who tend to prefer a safe, stable & user-friendly boat to learn to sail. Keelboats are perfect for this. Like a dinghy they're very responsive and give you a great feel for sailing right from the start. And, they have a hugely significant benefit for adult beginners - keelboats don't capsize! You stay safely in the boat at all times.

These fabulous 2-day RYA keelboat courses are quite different from the sailing courses within the RYA Cruising Scheme. The cruising courses teach you all about cruising. These excellent 2-day courses focus entirely on teaching you all the basic practical skills of how to be skipper of a small yacht. You'll learn how to tack & gybe safely and when to adjust the sails. In fact the syllabus is packed full of useful information to help you stay safe while sailing on the sea. It's then much easier to transfer those sailing skills to a larger cruising yacht. 

Beginner Courses - Levels 1 & 2
The first two days are a gentle introduction to sailing after which you'll receive the RYA Level 1 Start Sailing certificate. When you return for Level 2 on days 3 & 4 you'll be amazed at how much you've already picked up. Level 2 provides further sailing practice and introduces more about good seamanship, weather, anchoring and how to reef the mainsail. This is when everything starts to come together. After completing all the topics covered in both beginner level courses you'll be awarded the RYA Level 2 Basic Skills certificate. For complete beginners this usually involves 4 days of tuition. Existing sailors may complete this is 2 days. If you're not sure which level is right for you, that's no problem. Just book a beginner level course and we'll help you move on with your sailing whatever level you are.

If you'd 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. It'll give you two days of enjoyable sailing experience in tidal waters. You can revise and develop what you already know and we'll be able to offer more personalised advise on the next best step for you.

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). And 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 use the form below to book your course.

Start Time Finish Places
Tue 22/8/2017 9 am Wed 23/8/2017 3
Sat 26/8/2017 10.30 am Sun 27/8/2017 FULL
Thu 07/09/2017 9 am Fri 08/09/2017 2
Sat 09/09/2017 10 am Sun 10/09/2017 FULL
Thu 21/09/2017 9 am Fri 22/09/2017 4
Sat 23/9/2017 9.30 am Sun 24/9/2017 4