learn to sail

Learn to Sail at Swarkestone
RYA Level 1 and 2


Swarkestone Sailing Club is a long established RYA Training centre which offers courses covering a range of abilities for Adults, Juniors, Sailability and those wishing to get involved with safety boats. We also regularly put forward members of our club for Assistant instructor, Dinghy instructor and Senior instructor courses. All of our instructors are volunteers, and are usually quite happy to take out less experienced sailors, especially on Saturdays.

Adult RYA Dinghy Level One and Two

At Swarkestone we run 1 adult RYA level 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing courses per year in summer. The course will commence with an introductory session for enrolment, questions and answers on Thursday evening followed by the practical part of the course which starts on the next Saturday and 2 other Saturdays 9am-4pm plus 2 Sunday Mornings 9am-12pm .

There is a minimum age of 16 years. To complete the course you must be able to commit to three Saturdays and two Sundays.

No previous sailing experience is necessary as this course is designed to give basic training to handle a sailing boat in a safe and comfortable environment.

Please contact comms.swarkestonesc@googlemail.com if you are interested.

The cost of the course is £155 for non members and £125 for members with a deposit of £65 due when booked. Places must be booked and paid for in advance. Course fees include boat hire, RYA log book, RYA Start Dinghy Sailing book and certificates.
Select the relevant link below to obtain an application form for this year”s courses starting in September.

Autumn Course Signup Form (September 2021 Course)

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2021 Autumn Course Dates

Thursday 2nd September 07:30 pm – Introduction

3 Saturdays 9am – 5:30pm and 2 Sundays 9am – 12pm 
Sat 4/09/21, Sun 05/09/21, Sat 11/09/21, Sun 12/09/21 and Sat 25/09/21

Please download an Application form for the September 2021 course starting on 2nd September or email comms.swarkestonesc@googlemail.com for further information.

This Application Form  is also available to download in word format.

The RYA Powerboat Level One & Two

Swarkestone Sailing Club Powerboat

This course is the prerequisite for anyone wishing to drive any of the Swarkestone Sailing Club powerboats. During this course you will be taught basic boat handling and positioning skills, plus ways to control speed and manage wake.