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Sailing courses

Learn the ropes with gusto – from a selection of hands-on sailing and shore based courses. Our highly qualified instructors show you how to sail quickly and safely: in an easy-to-handle dinghy at first, and then you can continue your fantastic voyage – step-by-step – to become a well-rounded sailor.

From officially recognised Royal Yachting Association youth stages to dinghy and multi-hull instructor levels, participants enjoy a tremendous sense of achievement in a welcoming environment. And not just on the water – official shore-based courses provide the support sailors need to tackle their marine adventures with confidence.

Dinghy sailing courses
RYA shore based courses

“Our instructor was amazing – supportive, informative and very calm, all round a really positive experience”


D Tristram
RYA Start Sailing Course Participant

Dinghy sailing

Dinghies are small, easy to handle and generally light to launch and transport. Learn to sail on your own or with a crew during one of our specialist courses.

RYA Youth Sailing (Stage 1)

It is a basic introduction that teaches simple sailing techniques and control of a boat.

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RYA Youth Sailing (Stage 2)

This is a two day course that builds on the dinghy sailing abilities gained in Stage 1.

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RYA Youth (Stage 3)

This two day dinghy sailing course teaches candidates to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

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RYA Youth (Stage 4)

This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained in RYA Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 sailing courses.

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RYA Start Sailing

It is a two day course that will cover many aspects of sailing a dinghy.

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RYA Basic Skills

The course is for those who have mastered the practical skills and absorbed the knowledge required for Start Sailing.

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RYA Better Sailing

The course aims to develop the skills acquired from RYA Start Sailing and RYA Basic Skills.

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RYA Sailing week

The perfect way for young people to try sailing or improve their skills. This flexible 5 day course helps you progress through the RYA youth stages scheme.

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RYA Start Sailing – Multi Hull

It is a two day course that will cover many aspects of sailing a multi hull craft.

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RYA Basic Skills – Multi Hull

The course is for those who have mastered the practical skills and absorbed the knowledge required for Start Sailing.

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RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment

This one day sailing assessment is an entry requirement for the RYA Dinghy Instructor programme.

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RYA Dinghy Instructor

The course has three parts to it comprising of a pre-entry assessment completed with 12 months of the Dinghy Instructor course.

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RYA Dinghy Instructor – Multi Hull Endorsement

The course is ideal for experienced RYA instructors who want to teach in – and have experience in sailing – small multihull craft.

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RYA Shore Based Courses

At Essex Outdoors we offer a range of nationally recognised shore based courses that will support you on your journey to become a competent and well rounded sailor.

RYA First Aid

The course explores a range of first aid situations and is ideal for anyone who may be required to undertake emergency first aid procedures on water.

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RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (VHF/SRC) – Attendance Course

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RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate – Interactive Course

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RYA CEVNI Interactive Course

This online CEVNI course is an endorsement to the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

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RYA Safe & Fun Safeguarding Course

This new course is suitable for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment.

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