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 March 2024.

March 2024 Course commencing 26th March 2024 

2024 Spring Course Dates

Thursday 26th March 07:30 pm – Introduction

2 Saturdays 9am – 5:00pm and 2 Sundays 9am – 5:00pm  and 2 additional days if required
Sat 6/4/24, Sun 7/4/24, Sat 13/4/24, Sun 14/4/24, additional Sat 20/4/24 and Sun 21/4/24

Click here to complete the Spring Course Signup Form (March 2024 Course) 

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email comms.swarkestonesc@googlemail.com for further information.

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.

The course for 2024 will be added when arranged

Cost is £85 no experience needed. Minimum age 14 years.

Click here to complete the Powerboat Course Signup Form 

The Safety Boat Course

The course dates for 2024 will be added when known

Cost £65 RYA PBL2 required. Minimum age 14 years

Click here to complete the Safety Boat Course Signup Form