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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.


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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 families, adults or children (age 10yrs+) who want to give sailing a try.  Emphasis on fun! Must be booked in advance.


2024 dates:

Sunday 21 July, 10am-1pm

Sunday 21 July, 2-5pm


Adult Courses

RYA level 1 & 2 dinghy course (Start Sailing & Basic Skills)

As someone with little or no experience in a sailing dinghy, this course is the ideal place to start. You'll learn all the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to handle a sailing dinghy in up to moderate conditions, setting the foundation for you to be able to sail without an instructor onboard.

Held over 4 days (2 consecutive weekends), on completion of this course you'll be able to join our sessions for 'proficient sailors' on Sundays to develop your skills further, try a single-handed sailing boat or get involved with our racing events.

2024 dates:

20/21/27/28 April

6/7/13/14 July

See activities schedule on this page


RYA Seamanship Skills

Take your sailing to the next level with a course that teaches you how to deal with adverse conditions and reinforces and advances your techniques.

2024 dates:

None scheduled


Private dinghy sailing lessons

Perhaps you want to brush up or reach that next level at your own pace with one to one tuition? We can provide private sailing lessons with a qualified instructor upon request. Up to 3 people in the boat.

Price: £130 per 3hr session

Please enquire: enquiries@westminsterboatingbase.co.uk


Adult Sessions (pay & play)

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 an introduction, familiarisation with an instructor in a crewed dinghy before you can sail alone (see private dinghy lesson above).

Having completed a course or familiarisation, you can join our regular recreational sailing sessions.

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

2024 sessions: 

Sundays, 09:45-13:00 and 13:45-17:00.


Price per session: £25 or included with season tickets



How to attend

  1. Create a log-in on this website which will provide us with your contact details. 
  2. Check the activities schedule and book yourself in.


You will need to bring: 

Nobody will be allowed on the water without these.



Currently in summer season

  • Season starts: 01st April 2024
  • Season ends: 31st October 2025

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

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