RYA Youth Dinghy Sailing

Dover Sea Sports offer a range of RYA Sailing Scheme courses for young people from the age of 8 upwards.
RYA Stages 1&2
Stage 1 is a 2 day course
Stage 2 is a 3 day course



Stage 1 is where it all obviously begins and is scheduled over weekends as well as during the school holidays.

During the school holidays, both stages 1&2 may be completed over the period of 1 week. Or you may split the the week over a period of time by completing Stage 1, enjoy your new found hobby by getting out sailing and then Complete Stage 2 a few weeks later.


The course covers; basic understanding of how a boat sails, with some experience of steering and handling the boat, launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing.

RYA Stages 3&4
Stage 3 is a 3 day course
Stage 4 is a 2 day course


As with the stages 1&2, choose to do a whole week with us and gain both stages.

Or, spread the stages over a period of time to gain practice and confidence.

The course covers; rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory, manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard.

RYA Advanced Sailing Weeks


Our advanced sailing weeks are for those who have reached Stage 4, but want to progress further through the RYA modules.

You may choose to split your week up in to blocks of 2 or 3 consecutive days over a period of time.

Modules include; Seamanship skills, sailing with Spinnakers and Racing.

The RYA instructors here at Dover Sea Sports have learnt over the years that kids achieve best results from our group courses. Learning with one another and making new friends along the way. 

Group ratios are 6:1 pupil/RYA instructor, usually with another assistant (under training) RYA instructor working alongside the qualified RYA instructor


All of our courses are designed to build personal knowledge, skill and confidence whilst ensuring a lot of fun is had both on and off the water.


Not sure if the kids will enjoy sailing? 

We have regular hourly taster sessions. Try sailing, before splashing out on a full course.

Sailing tasters run from May to November

Dover Sea Sports kids sailing club

Completion of Stage1 qualifies you for our kids sailing club

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