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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

 

COVID-19: We're not on the water but we're looking to the future...

We have advertised courses for the RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA level 1 & 2 sailing and BC Paddle Discover from July onwards. We intend to run these and will make places available to book online as soon as government restrictions are lifted.

In the meantime, join our waiting list by sending us a message with the course you would like to book and we'll get back to you as soon as we're able to run activities.

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US

 

Age 10-23yrs?

See Youth Programme

 

On this page

Courses & taster sessions for beginners & intermediates

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

 

Go Sailing "taster" sessions. (RYA Discover Sailing)

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. 

2020 dates:

See activities schedule on this page

Mon 13th Apr 2020.     17:00 – 19:30
Sun 10th May 2020.     14:00 – 17:00
Mon 25th May 2020.    17:00 – 19:30
Sun 28th Jun 2020.      14:00 – 17:00

  

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.

2020 dates:

See activities schedule on this page

16/17 May 2020

20/21 June 2020

4/5 July 2020

 

RYA level 2 dinghy sailing 

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'.

2020 dates: 

See activities schedule on this page

20/21 June 2020

11/12 July 2020

 

RYA level 3 dinghy sailing 

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

2020 dates: See activities schedule on this page

  

Adult Sessions - starting 6/4/2020

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.

All of our sessions are run under the supervision of a safety boat and a RYA Senior Instructor who will provide assistance as required.

 

Mondays 5.45-9pm: Casual sailing, racing & race training

Tuesdays 4.45 - 7.30pm: Casual sailing for crewed dinghies and singlehanders.

Sundays 9.45am-1pm & 1.45-5pm:  All year round casual sailing (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 2020
  • Season ends: 31st March 2021

Dinghy Sailing - adult activities schedule

April 2020

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

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