Two ladies smiling sailing a small dinghy at Mylor Sailing School near Falmouth Cornwall

RYA Ladies Level 1 Beginner Sailing Course

Ladies only beginner sailing course, 4 x half day sessions spread over 4 weeks.  Come and learn a Ladies Level 1 course and have fun!

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Ladies Who Launch RYA Level 1 Course –

A 4 week course of a half day per week.  Sign up to this course which is set at a time to suit you ladies! Fridays or Sundays.  Generally done on our keelboat where the instructor is onboard with you at all times.  This is a ‘dry’ boat, so no wetsuits required and it does not capsize.  If the group are keen to try the dinghies then this may also be an option, please enquire for further information.


LEVEL 1 Keelboat Course dates –

APRIL 2024 – 

Fridays – 19th, 26th April, 3rd, 10th May 2024 TIMINGS – 9.30AM – 12.30PM – SPACES

Sundays – 21st, 28th April, 5th, 12th May 2024 TIMINGS – 9.30AM – 12.30PM – SPACES

JUNE 2024 –

Fridays – 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June 2024 TIMINGS – 9.30AM – 12.30PM – SPACES

Sundays – 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June 2024 TIMINGS – 9.30AM – 12.30PM – SPACES


Fridays – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Sept 2024 – TIMINGS – 9.30AM – 12.30PM – SPACES

Sundays – 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Sept 2024 – TIMINGS – 9.30AM – 12.30PM – SPACES

Come and learn to sail in the most wonderful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, here in Mylor Yacht Harbour, near Falmouth.

Our Fal Estuary is the perfect place to dinghy or keelboat sail with its sheltered waters.

Most of this course is spent on the water sailing but there are also some theoretical aspects of the course that will be taught in the classroom ashore.

Course content will include rigging, wind awareness, ropework, sailing techniques & manoeuvres, launching & recovery, some sailing theory and background, clothing and equipment, meteorology, capsize recovery


Group SizePrice
3£185 per person + £7 RYA logbook fee


Coming back to dinghy sailing after a 6 year break due to having children, I was looking for a hands-on refresher course that I could build from. The ladies sailing course was perfect for me!

Frequently asked questions

When are these courses run?

This course is 9.30am - 12.30pm on either a Friday or a Sunday morning. There are 3 lots of 4 week courses run throughout the year, April/May, June/July and Sept/Oct. All in the school term time. Pre-booking is essential.

What is Ladies Who Launch?

This is a ladies only sailing course. We always have a variety of ages, confidences and experience. Absolute beginners welcome.

I have never done it before is this ok?

This is a very frequently asked question! Yes of course, this is what we are here for! Around 60% of our customers are absolute beginners. If you have any apprehensions at all then please contact us and we will endeavour to put your mind at rest.

Can I just pay a deposit to secure my booking?

At the checkout you have the option to either pay in full or click on 'Klana' which is a free payment instalment platform where you can spread the payments.

What sort of ages are normally on the Ladies Who Launch Courses?

This normally attracts an age range of approximately 30 - 60 years. We also have our Silver Sailors for those who would like to go with others more similar in age range. Silver Sailors attracts an age range of approximately 55 - 75 years and will mainly be done in keelboats. Please contact us if you have any questions or doubts as to which groups may be more appropriate for you.

Where can I park?

We are located on a large quay which is also a car park. We have free passes for the car park and so you just come and get one as soon as you arrive.

What happens if it is really windy?

During the 4 week course we allow for 1 of these sessions to cover essential other aspects of the syllabus ashore. If we then encounter another week with adverse conditions, we will cancel this and tag another session on the end of the 4 week block. We will always let you know if the session is not going ahead.

If it rains will it still be on?

Yes, we still go sailing in the rain. Most of the time you are going to get wet anyway! We provide all wetsuits for the smaller wet boats and waterproofs for the larger, drier boats to keep you as comfortable as possible. We also provide all the safety equipment.

What do I need to bring?

We provide all the clothing and equipment you will need. If you are going in a smaller boat then you will get wet. Here at Mylor Sailing School we have plenty of wetsuits for all ages and sizes. If you are going in a dryer boat then we will provide waterproof jackets and trousers to go over your clothing. The only thing we do not provide is footwear so you will need to bring something that you don’t mind getting wet, like wetsuit shoes or trainers. If you are wearing a wetsuit you will also need to bring your bathing suit for underneath this and a towel. This will all be explained in your booking confirmation once you have confirmed your booking.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

It is the policy of Mylor Sailing School for all beginners to wear helmets in the dinghies but not required in the keelboats. Once adults have completed their Level 2 and their skills are current we start to take the helmets off.

Do I have to capsize?

Here at Mylor Sailing School we will never make anybody do anything that they would not like to do. If a keelboat course then this boat does not capsize and therefore there is no capsizing drill. For the more elementary stages of dinghy sailing you need to understand what to do in the event of a capsize and this will be talked through/demonstrated when you are booking onto the RYA courses. Normally once you have had a practical experience of a capsize in a controlled environment then any fears are normally alleviated.

I cannot swim is this ok?

Yes this is absolutely fine. You will always be wearing either a buoyancy aid or a life jacket that will keep you floating if you do enter the water. We normally ask this question on the booking form but it is just for our instructors information.

How many people in a group?

For the Ladies Sailing Level 1 course, we only put a maximum of 4 people in a group. If we have more than this, then we will create another group. We like to keep the groups small for the beginner level.

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