RYA Youth Stage 1 Children’s Beginner Sailing Course
The Youth Stage 1 involves getting to know parts of the boat, how to sit in the boat and turn the boat through the wind, tacking. Read more…
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The Stage 1 course runs every week in the school holidays. Normally done over 5 x half days but can be done in 2 full days. For ages 8 – 10 though we would recommend the 5 x half days due to attention span and tiredness. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you cannot see your desired dates on the electronic calendar.
The beautiful Fal Estuary here in Cornwall is a brilliant place for learning to sail a dinghy.
This course will start on the shore with a simulated land drill to show children how to sit in the boat, how to turn the boat, how to communicate with their crew etc. The training will probably take place in a Laser Pico which are fantastic training boats. The children are then taken to the sailing area and a course is laid out across the wind.
The instructor will be coaching from close by in a powerboat. Children will sail across the wind between 2 points. There is also some background theory, including some safety aspects, knots etc. Also covered on this course is launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, understanding the basic principles of sailing.