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Dinghy Sailing - adult

Westminster Boating Base provides a range of Royal Yachting Association 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


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Courses & taster sessions for beginners & intermediates

Our weekly schedule for proficient (RYA Level 2 +) sailors


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. 

2019 dates

Spring Bank Holiday 27th May


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.

2019 dates:

13/14 April

27/28 April

18/19 May

8/9 June

6/7 July

14/15 September

5/6 October


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'.

2019 dates: 

4/5 May

22/23 June

13/14 July

21/22 September

19/20 October


RYA level 3 dinghy sailing (coastal)

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

2019 dates

19/20 October


Adult Sessions - starting 1/4/2019

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.


Mondays 5.45-9pm: Casual sailing & racing

Tuesdays 4.45 - 7.30pm: Casual sailing for proficient sailors

Sundays 9.45am-1pm & 1.45-5pm:  All year round recreational sailing and kayaking for proficient sailors and kayakers (subject to winter clothing regulations from November to March).



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 2019
  • Season ends: 31st March 2020

Dinghy Sailing - adult activities schedule

September 2019

No scheduled activities found

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

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