Sailing is a brilliant way to build confidence, learn problem solving skills and make great new friends along the way. Across the locations we work with the instructors are well adapted in teaching children through a mixture of practical and theory sessions with the main principle of ‘if they are having fun, then they are learning!’

Most locations run RYA (Royal Yachting Association) courses. The RYA are the governing body of sailing, windsurfing and powerboating in the UK.

Keep Sailing helps sailing clubs organise awesome courses, we work with clubs to make their courses the best they can be!

Find a suitable course from the list below and then pick a location local to you. Different clubs can run the courses in slightly different ways, so to see the courses your local club is running, pick a club from the locations list in the navigation bar. Alternatively follow the course link and filter by the location.

Mid week courses through the school holidays

Get your kids on an enjoyable action packed week of sailing with a load of other kids their age. They will spend the week working through RYA sailing stages while having tons of fun splashing around.

Start your sailing journey here

The RYA's Dinghy Stage 1 course is aimed at kids with little to no sailing experience. We will take you through the basic steps of rigging and getting the boat onto the water. After some practice the course will give you a basic understanding of how a boat sails and some experience of steering and handling a boat.

Build your skills

For kids that have done their RYA stage 1 or have a moderate amount of prior sailing experience. By the end of this course you will have a range of sailing skills and background knowledge, and be well on your way to being a confident small-boat sailor.

Independent sailing

For those of you looking to get comfortable on a boat on your own after this course you will be able to sail in any direction and rig and launch your boat. Your skills and knowledge mean that you can regard yourself as a sailor not a beginner.

Double handed sailing

A stage 4 certificate means that you have the skills to sail a double-handed boat as a crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. Passing this course is the natural entry point for the advances courses.

Anything & everything your child would like to learn about dinghy sailing

Get a private instructor for either your child or maybe your whole family. This can be for a guided outing on the water or more specific training around topics that you request. Get in contact to discuss exactly what you would like.