Young girl hiking out on a sailing dinghy in Mylor near Falmouth

RYA Youth Stage 4 Children’s Sailing Course

Further rigging for conditions in Stage 4, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard.  Read more…

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RYA Youth Stage 4 covers many of the same skills in Stage 3 but in a double handed boat.  E.g. RS Feva.  Children will develop their skills on how to solve a variety of potential problems afloat.  Launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.  Sailors will work on communication between the helm and the crew.  Skills will develop and should be more autonomous using the RYA’s 5 essentials by the end of this course.  We have perfect waters for dinghy sailing in our beautiful Fal Estuary, Cornwall.


Group SizePrice
5 x half days - group£189
2 full days - group£155
2 full days - 2:1£195
2 full days - 1:1£305


My grand-daughter spent a week at Mylor Sailing School. She is aged 11 and loves any water sport. As a sailer and boat owner myself I've been keen for her to learn about boats. She had a great week and couldn't wait for the next day. She achieved her RYA level 3 . She said the course was not only fun but instructive and that the instructors were great. She can't wait to go back next year. My thanks to Tracey and her team, would not hesitate to recommend her school to any one

Frequently asked questions

When do we run these courses?

Every week in all of the school holidays. You can do 5 x half days or 2 full days but we do recommend the 5 x half days for the younger ones (ages 8-10). You also get to see a better variety of wind conditions if you spread this over the 5 days. We do a morning or an afternoon session. If you do not see the course on our bookings calendar then please get in touch as we can create the course for you and book you in!

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.

How many people in a group?

For Sailing, depending on the level of experience of the sailor will determine how many we are able to have in a group due to the Royal Yachting Associations strict regulations. We are generally allowed to have 6 people to 1 instructor for the first few levels of the RYA courses. Here at Mylor Sailing School, once we get a beginner group of more than 4 we prefer to also put an assistant instructor with the instructor so that we do not dilute the tuition too much. Depending on the experience of the sailors it may vary between 6:1 or 9:1. Tuition also availalbe on a 1:1 basis. These ratios are slightly different for our fun sessions though.

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.

I want to buy my own wetsuit, can you recommend where I can do this nearby?

West Country Watersports is a shop based in Mylor Yacht Harbour next door to the Cafe Mylor. If you mention that you are one of our customers then you should get a small discount. They always have plenty of stock and can help and advise on the suitability of a wetsuit depending on the general use of the suit.

I have a disability/learning difficulty/health condition can I learn to sail or powerboat?

Yes yes yes!! Of course you can. Depending on the nature of your need we have a variety of boats, well trained staff and lots of great equipment to make this all possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any specific questions. Please our Access Statement at the footer of the page for full information.

Is sailing and powerboating sustainable/environmentally friendly?

All RYA recognised centres are members of The Green Blue incentive. We endeavour to pass on and educate all of our candidates with this mindset. The Green Blue is a UK wide programme created by British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association in 2005 to enable the UK recreational boating sector to decrease its impact on the environment by:
RYA Green Blue sustainability scheme
Raising awareness amongst industry and users
Reducing harmful discharges
Reducing environmental disturbance
Encouraging sustainable choices

Mylor Sailing School is also a member of Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) 250 business club which is part of a network driving forward a movement for change to protect the UK’s unique coastal environment.

Go to the Surfers Against Sewage website for all their details and campaigns. You can also get involved!!!

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