Children’s sailing – Have fun, be active and sail, by getting on the water in Cornwall!

A fantastic way to boost confidence, achieve and learn new skills

This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) from St Anthony’s Lighthouse to Pendennis Castle you will really feel on holiday in this beautiful part of Cornwall and the UK

Depending on the age of your children, you have options of half days or full days to complete any courses or take tailormade tuition.

5 half days Monday – Friday to complete a course – either 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

(3 hour sessions each day) – £189 per person!!


(Other options available – please enquire for more information)

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 RYA Mylor Sailing SchoolAdventure Activities Licensing Authority Mylor Sailing School

Children’s sailing is important to get it right so that they enjoy it and build their water confidence at the same time.  We aim to create an enjoyable and safe experience for all sailors from the absolute beginners to salty seadogs.  You can rest assured they are in safe hands with our Adventure Activity Licensing Authority stamp of approval and our National Governing Body recognition from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).  These involve rigorous inspections on a regular basis with many regulations and high standards to be met.  AALA official site

The RYA National Sailing Scheme is a series of children’s sailing courses for those wanting to learn in dinghies and small keelboats. It has been designed to help you enjoy whichever aspect of the sport appeals to you.

Come and learn to sail in the beautiful estuary near Falmouth, Cornwall’s south coast.  These are perfect waters to learn to sail a dinghy.  Good wind and not too much chop!

The RYA recommendation for children’s sailing is to start learning to sail at 8 years.  Under 16s should start learning through the Youth Sailing Scheme.  By learning at a sailing school with the  RYA stamp of approval, you can definitely be assured of being taught by the relevant trained instructors.  Mylor Sailing School has a large fleet of suitable boats, for all levels and follows the strict supervision ratios and follows the RYA’s syllabus for children’s sailing and all other sailing courses.

If your child has any kind of disability or special need then please read here for details on how we can accommodate you.  We have adapted boats and a wheelchair friendly powerboat and you can also contact us for more information or to chat anything through.

No time limits are given for the different Stages, as children learn at very different rates according to their age and confidence. With each of the stages expressed in terms of competencies, it gives instructors the flexibility to sign off each part of the syllabus as they master each skill.  We focus on building water confidence and fun whilst working through the courses so that children will want to continue with their sailing skills.

Too young??  Why not try our Swallows and Amazons fun session that take place on a Sunday.  We take from 6 years and upwards (generally 6 – 12 years) for these children’s sailing sessions and it will boost confidence.  Children will play games, and have fun.

See here for more details on our fun sessions: Swallows and Amazons

Children’s sailing here in the beautiful Fal Estuary.  A beautiful and sheltered spot here in Mylor, near Falmouth, excellent for dinghy sailing

Fun Sessions from £16 – Courses from £155

Free and easy parking!

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Here is a list of our dinghy sailing courses for children –


This Stage involves getting to know parts of the boat, how to sit in the boat and turn the boat through the wind, tacking.  Children will sail across the wind between 2 points.  There is also some background theory, including some safety aspects, knots etc.

children's sailing at Mylor Sailing School Falmouth Cornwall

Our beginner Sailors!


A wider range of sailing skills will be taught including some extra points of sail. Children will learn to control the boat speed.  There are also a couple of extra relevant knots and help to improve wind awareness and some more theory behind sailing small boats.


Working on our Stage 2!


Sailing in all directions, rigging, launching, basic manoeuvres of coming alongside, picking up moorings, man over board etc.

Children's Sailing Stage 3 now at Mylor Sailing School Falmouth Cornwall

Working on Stage 3 now!


Like Stage 3 but in a double handed boat, and solving problems afloat. You can learn to sail well very quickly, provided the equipment is right for you. There is provision for you to receive help during your course depending on the conditions and what you have to do. For example, you may receive help when more strength is required, e.g. pulling a boat up a steep, slippery slipway.

Kids sailing Stage 4 Mylor Sailing School Falmouth Cornwall

Stage 4 and quite advanced now!


After Stage 4 youngsters then have a choice of going onto Seanmanship Skills, Start Racing, Sailing with Spinnakers or Day Sailing.  Ask for more advice and information if required.

Sailing for children at Mylor Sailing School Falmouth Cornwall

Looking like a pro now!


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The beautiful and award winning Mylor Yacht Harbour lies just around the headland from Falmouth.

Parking is easy and free with one of our passes, and there are lots of other facilities here to.  Mylor Boat Hire, the great Cafe Mylor, Castaways Wine Bar to name a few.  Where else would you go for children’s sailing?

We are open 7 days a week and all year round.

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Alternatively please contact us on or 01326 377633 if you have any further questions about our extensive range of courses for children. 


RYA website link for Youth Stage Courses click here