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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


On this page

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. 

2022 dates:

See calendar on this page


Adult Courses

RYA level 1 dinghy sailing   --  NEW DATES ADDED!  --  

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

2022 dates:

See activities schedule on this page

9th & 10th April BOOK

*21st & 22nd May BOOK

11th & 12th June BOOK

2nd & 3rd July BOOK


RYA level 2 dinghy sailing   --  NEW DATES ADDED!  --  

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'.

2022 dates: 

See activities schedule on this page

30th April & 1st May BOOK

*28th & 29th May BOOK

9th & 10th July BOOK

 *This is running as a combined Level 1 & 2 course


RYA level 1 & 2 combined dinghy sailing

21st & 22nd May

28th & 29th May



Adult Sessions (pay and 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. Give us a call if you'd like to check your suitability.

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.


2022 sessions: 

Mondays, 17:45-20:30 - recreational sailing & racing

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


Price per session: £20



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 2022
  • Season ends: 31st March 2023

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

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