Level 1 and 2 Dinghy Course 


This course will take you from absolute beginner to being able to take control of a sailing boat in fair conditions, and normally takes place over 4 consecutive Saturdays. 


The Level 2 dinghy course is run twice a year, April/May and September/October


We can take bookings for any of our dinghy courses planned into the future. The dates for 2020 are Saturdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th for our Spring Courses and Saturdays, September 26th, and October 3rd, 10th and 17th for our Autumn courses.  Please contact John Wilber for details by email at john@wilberworld.net or by phone at 07968 066985.  


We normally limit the number of adult students on a course to between 14 and 16, and we normally run a separate junior course of up to 6 students alongside the adult.


The fee is £170 for adults and juniors including tea, coffee and other snacks which are provided free throughtout the course. (The fee includes temporary membership which will end 4 weeks after the course finishes.)


The teaching starts at 9.00am and runs until 4.30pm each day, its stimulating, challenging, fun and tiring!  There is a combination of classroom and on-the-water teaching, but the emphasis is strongly on the water.


We teach in a variety of boats though generally in the double-hander Laser Bahia or Topper Xenon for adults and in smaller single-hander Toppers for the juniors. The instructor to student ratio in the double hander will be no more than 2-to-1 and an instructor will be in the boat until the point you are able to sail unaided.  Sailing less powerful boats and enjoying being in command of their own boat, the juniors are instructed from a powerboat and when convenient from the nearby shore. 

Full safety cover is on hand at all times during water based sessions and the club provides all necessary safety equipment ie helmets and bouyancy aids.


At the end of the course you should have the basic set of skills required to sail a small sailing boat in calm conditions.


We will have covered the techniques needed to handle higher wind conditions and practiced them if possible, and how to right a capsized dinghy.


You will have had to consider how the wind affects the boat on the land and on the water, how you will use it to your advantage and be aware of how it can present dangers.  


If the course has progressed as usual, we should also have introduced you to racing which is where the fun really starts.



Quick Questions and Answers

Cheerful service from the galley as the juniors learn their knots

Laser Bahia
Laser Bahia

A day one picture - perhaps a first trip onto the water

Free at last in a Xenon
Free at last in a Xenon

This is the objective

Cheerful service from the galley as the juniors learn their knots



What sort of clothes will I need? - At some point you will probably get wet during the course so all clothing should be suitable for this purpose. A wetsuit is ideal, but otherwise quick draining clothing and a windproof jacket will get you through. Ie close fitting man-made fibre garments such as tracksuit trousers, nylon swimwear and fleece tops with a kagoule top and waterproof overtrousers will serve you better than layers of jeans, cotton tea shirts and  woolly jumpers. For delicate hands, gloves with padded palms and fingers. On your feet soft soled shoes, old trainers are ideal. A fleece hat or woolly hat will make a great difference if the weather is colder. The club has a limited selection of wetsuits and windproofs that can be borrowed.


What is the minimum age for a junior on the course? - like many sports sailing has quite a lot of skills to learn as well as some background theory. We have found that children younger than 8 really need 1 to 1 coaching, so we have set the minimum age as 8 years old.


What if I can't do all of the dates? - talk to the organiser beforehand to see if we can personalise your training to get you to the required standard in a shorter period of time. 


Am I too old? - your age is no barrier to starting sailiing and very many people who learn to sail do so in their later years. However some medical / physical conditions will make it more difficult so again talk to the course organiser if you have any concerns.