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Dinghy Sailing

Westminster Boating Base provides a range of RYA dinghy sailing sessions and courses from beginner to advanced including racing. Courses include RYA Level 1 Start Sailing, RYA Level 2 Basic Skills and RYA Level 3 Better Sailing.

WBB issues RYA dinghy sailing certificates and is a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre.

Where could sailing take you? See progression pathways

Age 10-23yrs?

See Youth Programme

 

Go Sailing "taster" sessions

Taster sessions suitable for adults and children (age 10yrs+) who want to give sailing a try. Suitable for families. Emphasis on fun! Must be booked in advance. 

10am - 1pm taster sessions

2 - 5pm taster sessions

 

Adult Courses

RYA level 1 dinghy sailing

As someone with little or no experience in a sailing dinghy, the RYA Level 1 course is the ideal place to start.

2017 dates:

8/9 April

22/23 April

13/14 May

20/21 May

3/4 June

10/11 June

8/9 July

16/17 Sept

23/24 Sept

14/15 Oct

 

RYA level 2 dinghy sailing (coastal)

Setting the foundation for you to be able to sail without an instructor onboard. After completion of this course you'll be able to join our sessions for 'proficient sailors'.

2017 dates:

29/30 April

27/28 May

17/18 June

15/16 July

30 Sept / 1st Oct

21/22 Oct

 

RYA level 3 dinghy sailing (coastal)

Developing on the Level 2 skills and building your confidence in a dinghy.

2017 dates

No courses scheduled at present.

 

Singlehanded sail training for youth & adult

NEW FOR 2017!

On most Thursday evenings, 5.15-8.30pm, we'll be running training sessions for youth members and adult season ticket holders to learn to sail a singlehanded dinghy. Minimum requirement RYA Level 1 or Stage 2. Limited places and must be booked in advance for £2 per session.

If you are a proficient sailor, you may attend the session for recreational sailing without the need to book in advance for the usual session fee.

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Adult Sessions - starting 3/4/2017

If you're a beginner, you will need to attend a course as listed above.

As a proficient sailor you will be reasonably competent at sailing a dinghy without an Instructor onboard and preferably hold the RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing certificate.

If you have not sailed with us before, due to the strong tidal flows of the river Thames, you will need to undergo a period of familiarisation with another of our experienced sailors in a crewed dinghy before you can sail alone.

 

Wednesdays: only during school term-time. No session on the following dates: 5 & 12 April, 31 May, 26 July to 30 August, 25th October.

Sundays: All year round recreational sailing and kayaking for proficient sailors and kayakers (subject to winter clothing regulations from November to March).

YOU MUST ARRIVE FOR THE START TIME OF THE SESSION. TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO ONE!

 

How to attend

  1. Create a log-in on this website which will provide us with your contact details. 
  2. Print and sign this consent form to bring with you on the day.
  3. There is no booking required for the sessions. Just turn up at the advertised start time of the session.
  4. From within the MY ACCOUNT section, you can purchase adult season tickets

Please note that if you are late, you may be turned away. Time and tide wait for no one!

You will need to bring: 

Nobody will be allowed on the water without these.

 

 

Currently in summer season

  • Season starts: 01st April 2017
  • Season ends: 31st October 2018

Dinghy Sailing activities schedule

July 2017

No scheduled activities found

A Royal Yachting Association (RYA) & British Canoe Union (BCU) approved training centre, regulated by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS).

Westminster Boating Base is a Sport England Clubmark accredited 'Top centre'.

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