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which type of sailing is RIGHT for you?

1 | dinghy sailing

DOSC offers a Dinghy Scheme, a good introduction for new sailers as you will learn quickly how every movement you make and how the tweaking you do affects the movement of the boat.  This kind of sailing is often more accessible for sailors immediately post-certification.

2 | cruising

The DOSC Cruising Scheme teaches you how to handle bigger boat sailing and is ideal for those who want to crew and skipper bigger boats, and to charter their own yacht.

DOSC SAILING COURSES

SAILING COURSES FOR KIDS & TEENS

RYA JUNIOR DINGHY COURSES

This one day session allows kids to have time on the water to decide if sailing is something they are interested in. 

Course Prerequisites:  Water confident 

Duration: 1 day 

Minimum Age: 6 

Ability after course: Basic understanding of boat controls 

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The first course in the Youth Sailing Scheme will build confidence in dinghies, by covering the basic aspects of sailing. 

Young sailors can expect to learn how to steer, control the sail, tacking, and some background knowledge including parts of the boat.  

Course Prerequisites:  Children should be water confident, and we recommend participating in a one-day taster session  

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 6 

Ability after course: Able to steer and understand basic principles 

Costs: Member: AED 960 

Visitors: AED 1200

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This course builds on the skills learnt in Stage 1, refining the tack and introducing sailing towards and away from the wind. 

Further background knowledge is developed, covering topics such as rules of the road, ropework, and parts of the sail. 

Course Prerequisites:  RYA Stage 1  

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 7 

Ability after course: Able to sail upwind, downwind, and tack confidently 

Costs: Member: AED 960 

Visitors: AED 1200

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Upwind and downwind skills are further developed, so sailors can sail in any direction they choose confidently. Simple maneuvers are introduced to refine boat control. More detailed sailing theory is also covered. 

Upon completion of this course, sailors are allowed to rent single handed dinghies to sail when they wish to. 

Course Prerequisites:  RYA Stage 2  

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 8 

Ability after course: Confidently sail in all directions, perform speed control based maneuvers saf

Costs: Member: AED 960

Visitors: AED 1200

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The final course in the Youth Sailing Scheme wraps up the introduction to sailing by bringing all the previous skills across to double handed dinghies. The theory is more in depth at this level to fully understand how to stay safe on the water. 

Once completed, sailors are encouraged to come back to try more advanced skills in the Junior or Youth Squads. 

Course Prerequisites:  RYA Stage 3  

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 8 

Ability after course: Able to sail confidently in a variety of dinghies and conditions.

Costs: Member: AED 960 

Visitors: AED 1200

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weekly after school courses

This is the first step to sailing for children, they will discover a basic understanding of how a boat sails, and will cover launching and recovery, steering, handling and parts of the boat. 

Ability after course: Able to steer and understand basic principles

RYA Stage 1 courses are taught in RS Zests.

Course Prerequisites:  Children with no prior sailing experience should participate in a one- day taster session prior to signing up for this course. 

Timings: 3.30pm to 5.30pm once per week

Minimum Age: 6

Ability after course: Able to steer and understand basic principles.

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On completion of the Stage 1 course, children will move onto the RYA stage 2 where they will learn to sail upwind, control their speed, learn parts of the sail, rope work and learn all the basic rules.

Course Prerequisites: RYA Stage 1 certificate.

Timings: 3.30pm to 5.30pm once per week

Minimum Age: 7

Ability after course: Children should be able to tack and control boat speed, as well as understand the principles of sailing.

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The RYA stage 3 course is the final youth course before children are able to sail by themselves. Here they will learn about rigging, launching and sailing in any direction.

Course Prerequisites: RYA Stage 2 certificate. 

Timings: 3.30pm to 5.30pm once a week

Minimum Age: 8

Ability after course: On successful completion, children should be able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions. They can also pick up a mooring and come along side.

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These after school sailing sessions are aimed at post RYA Stage 3 sailors,  building specific skills and techniques both on and off the water whilst increasing experience and confidence. These sessions enable your young sailor to get afloat, make new friends and have fun whilst learning new skills. Sessions consist of briefings and debriefs, mini races and boat handling exercises as well as initiation into racing.

Timings: 3.30pm to 5.30pm once per week

Prerequisites: RYA Stage 3 

Minimum Age: 8

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Once your young sailor has competently mastered the skills in the improver sessions, the next step would be the racer sessions. Here we will be focusing on developing basic racing skills and experience in preparation for joining our DOSC Race Squad.

The syllabus includes, preparing for a race, boat setup, starting, tactics/strategy, boat handling around the race course and rule awareness/compliance.

Pre-requisites:Please ensure your child is eligible to join these sessions, by checking with the youth development coach: sailingadmin@doscuae.com

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Friday race training sessions are by invite only. The sessions aim to progress and polish racing skills with a varied syllabus of all the different skills required to race at a high level. Ultimately, our goal is to raise peak performance, progress racing skills and encourage participants to take part in both National and International racing events. 

Course Prerequisites: RYA Stage 3

Timings: 3.30pm to 5.30pm once per week

Pre-requisites: Please ensure your child is eligible to join these sessions, by checking with the youth development coach: sailingadmin@doscuae.com

OTHER sailing activities FOR KIDS

DOSClings is a half day club for all kids between 6 and 10 years old, who have some sailing experience. This provides more time on the water and build confidence for the young sailors and moreover will provide the playground for many to put into practice the skills they have learnt on courses. 

During the sessions there will be games, challenges, races, and many more fun activities to practice their skills and improve water confidence.  

Course Prerequisites:  1 day/6 hours previous dinghy tuition 

Duration: 3 hours 

Age: 6 – 10 years old 

Costs: Member: AED 210

Visitors: AED 260

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Doscketeers is a half day club for all kids between 11 and 14 years old, who have some sailing experience. This provides more time on the water and build confidence for the young sailors and moreover will provide the playground for many to put into practice the skills they have learnt on courses. 

During the sessions there will be games, challenges, races, and many more fun activities to practice their skills and improve water confidence.  

Course Prerequisites:  1 day/6 hours previous dinghy tuition 

Duration: 3 hours 

Ages: 11-14 years old 

Costs: Member: AED 210

Visitors: AED 260

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SAILING COURSES FOR ADULTS

RYA ADULT DINGHY COURSES

This course provides a short introduction to sailing for novices. By the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of dinghy handling techniques and background knowledge.  

It is recommended that all participants consolidate this short introduction with the Basic Skills and Better Sailing courses.  

Course Prerequisites:  Water confident 

Duration: 2 day 

Minimum Age: 14 

Ability after course: Able to sail in light winds under supervision 

Costs: Member: AED 1790 

Visitors: AED 2240

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On completion of this course, you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and sailing in light winds without an instructor on board.  

It will be assumed that every student starting this course has already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for Start Sailing.  

Dinghies can be hired for free-sailing once you have achieved your Level 2 certificate. 

Course Prerequisites:  RYA Level 1 

Duration: 2 days 

Ability after course: Confidently sail in moderate winds 

Costs: Member: AED 1790 

Visitors: AED 2240

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This improver course seeks to bridge the gap between Start Sailing, Basic Skills, and the Advanced modules by offering an introduction to the different modules, allowing sailors to select more easily their preferred route within the sport.  

Better Sailing allows for opportunity to practise and consolidate sailing technique and independent sailing.  

Course Prerequisites:  RYA Level 2 

Duration: 2 days 

Ability after course: Confident sailing a range of dinghies in various wind conditions 

Costs: Member: AED 1790 

Visitors: AED 2240

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Expand your knowledge and boat handling skills with more advanced techniques and in depth theory sessions.

This course will teach you to become better at solving problems afloat such as sailing backwards, daggerboardless and rudderless sailing.

Course Prerequisites: RYA Dinghy Level 3 or Stage 4

Costs: Member: AED 1790 

Visitors: AED 2240

Acquire the skills and understanding to flying spinnaker sails and discover a whole new dimension to sailing!

Course Prerequisites: RYA Dinghy Level 3 or Stage 4

Costs: Member: AED 1790 

Visitors: AED 2240

This course is to improve your sailing and confidence on all points of sail, primarily in high performance two person boats. Learn how to hike effectively, trapeze and enhance spinnaker work.

Course Prerequisites: RYA Dinghy Level 3 or Stage 4

Minimum Duration: 2 days

Minimum Age: 16

Ability after the course: You will understand how to sail performance dinghies in all wind conditions that you can expect to encounter, sailing the boat best advantage at all times.

A taster of foiling dinghies to try the amazing world of foiling! The basics of safety and technique will be taught on land, before heading out to learn the skills of flying boats. 

Course Prerequisites:  RYA Performance Sailing, experience in High Performance dinghies, or Pre-Foil Training 

Duration: 3 hours 

Minimum Age: 13 

Please email Sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

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The ideal course before First Flights, this training teaches how to sail the Waszp, which will maximize success on your first time aiming to get onto the foil!  

The basics will be run through, with tips for making the dinghy sail, tack and gybe with the most comfort and consistency. 

Course Prerequisites:RYA Stage 4 or RYA Level 3 

Duration: 3 hours 

Minimum Age: 13 

Please email Sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

Flight Club is here to get you into the air! Support from the instructor team to get you rigged, launched, and tips on the water to get the best out of your boat with minimal faff. 

Course Prerequisites:  Access to a foiling dinghy 

Duration: 4 hours 

Please email Sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

 

We’re here to support you in your racing journey! One of our instructors with huge amounts of racing and coaching experience will be coaching the Sunday League.  

This is designed to be run over several race days, with each day having a different focus. Enjoy half price rental when you participate in Get Racing Club! 

Course Prerequisites:RYA Stage 3 or RYA Level 2 

Duration: 1 day 

Minimum Age: 13 

Ability after the course: Comfortable joining club racing, understanding briefing, rules, and strategy 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

Power Boat Courses

This two day course provides the skills and background knowledge required to drive a powerboat. It includes close quarters handling, planing maneuvers, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside as well as man overboard recovery and collision regulations.  

Course Prerequisites:None 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate 

Ability after the course: Self-sufficient powerboater in the mild conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.

Costs: Member: AED 2375

Visitors: AED 2970

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This course is designed to prepare you for safety boat duties. Various dinghy rescue techniques for different types of craft will be covered. 

Course Prerequisites:RYA PB2, and a basic understanding of sailing 

Duration: 1 day 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after the course: Able to rescue various craft using techniques appropriate to the conditions.

Costs: Member: AED 2375

Visitors: AED 2970

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This course is designed to prepare you for safety boat duties. Various dinghy rescue techniques for different types of craft will be covered. 

Course Prerequisites:RYA PB2, and a basic understanding of sailing 

Duration: 1 day 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after the course: Able to rescue various craft using techniques appropriate to the conditions.

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RYA Cruising Courses

An introductory course to sailing a yacht for complete beginners. 

By the end of this two day course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety on board.  

Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can do a 3 day top up to obtain the full Competent Crew certificate, enroll in the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course and join the Wednesday Night Pursuit Race. 

Course Pre-requisites: None 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 8

Ability after course: Safely moving about a yacht and using her equipment. 

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The Essential Navigation and Seamanship course provides an introduction to the basic skills required before taking a small boat to sea or taking an active part in running a boat.  

By the end of the course you will have foundation knowledge in chart work, safety and the IRPCS 

 

Course Pre-requisites: one of the following;  
Start Yachting 
Competent Crew 
Powerboat Level 2  
Level 3 dinghy (adult) 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 15 

Ability after course: Greater understand of navigation. 

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This course is for those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. 

Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered. By the end of the course, you will be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all, the day to day duties on board. 

Competent Crew holders can go on to Short Courses and Day Skipper Theory.  

Course Pre-requisites: 
3 Day course 
RYA Start Yachting Certificate  

5 Day Course 
None  
 

Duration: 3 (5) days, live on board. 

Recommended Minimum Age: 12 

Ability after course: Be a useful member of the crew. 

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A comprehensive, six-day classroom based course covering the background knowledge required to become a skipper. 

This course equips you with the theory knowledge to skipper a small yacht. 

Holders of the Day Skipper Theory can go on to short courses, Day Skipper Practical and Yachtmaster Theory. 

Course Pre-requisites: 
RYA Competent Crew certificate or equivalent experience, which will need to be proven via logbook. 

Duration: 6 days 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after course:  Be able to navigate a small yacht on day sail passages. 

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A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience, basic navigation and sailing skills. 

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t. 

Before this course, if you are not sure that your sailing is up to speed, a good way to learn is on the Day Skipper prep course. A 2-day course aimed at Skipper skills development. 

Course Pre-requisites: 
5 days at sea, 100 miles, RYA Competent Crew certificate & RYA Day Skipper Theory course. 

Duration: 5 days, live onboard. 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after course: Practical skills in boat handling and navigation during day light hours in familiar water. 

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Advanced training for more experienced skippers. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. 

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams. 

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. 

Course Pre-requisites:  
Minimum of RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate and RYA Day Skipper theory. 

Please note you will not be allowed to participate in this course without meeting the course prerequisites. 

Duration: 6 days 

Minimum Age: 17 

Ability after course: Advanced navigation and meteorology skills. 

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Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations. 

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. 

Course Pre-requisites:  
15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours, Yachtmaster Theory certificate. 

Duration: 5 days 

Minimum Age: 17 

Ability after course: Confidently handle a boat up to 15m LOA on a costal passage day or night. 

Please email Sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

sailing for women

Learn a new skill and obtain your RYA certification in eight weekly sessions with our weekly women-only group sessions. 

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded your RYA Dinghy Level 1 certificate.

Course Pre-requisites: None

Minimum Age: 16

Please take note: There will be no women’s sailing during the half term break

Cost: AED 2,240

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If you want to become a more confident yacht cruiser and prefer to learn in all-female environment, this is a great option for you.  
With an experienced, qualified female instructor, our Yacht Cruising class are suitable for beginners and more experienced sailors alike.  

Our four-hour long class is a fun environment to learn and/or hone your skills. You will learn/ practice taking the helm, hoisting the sails, planning a course, trimming the sails, tacking and gybing, berthing, anchoring, making knots and setting up mooring lines. 

Course Pre-requisites: Start Yachting 

Course Duration: 10am to 2pm 

Minimum Age: 16 

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OTHER SAILING ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS

Come and join us on board one of our school training yachts (44ft Bavaria called Marko or 43ft Dufour 430 called Nashira) participating in the Wednesday evening pursuit races. 

It is a great opportunity to get out on the water, meet like minded people and gain some experience. 

Pre-requisites: Start Yachting 

Minimum age: 16 

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DOSC’s Breakfast Club aims to give adults the opportunity to gain more experience and to enjoy more time out on the water under the watchful eye of our Instructors. We welcome sailors with RYA Level 1 and above who want to gain you more confidence and to move onto the next level of your sailing.

Breakfast Club is a fun, safe and social opportunity to get on the water with lots of hands on support from our team of qualified instructors.

Choose to join a group sail on one of our larger training boats or practice your skills in a single handed dinghy.

Timings: 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Cost:  AED 260

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SPECIALIST short COURSES

During this course you will polish your skills and learn to fly asymmetric and symmetrical spinnakers. Everything you need to know to enjoy modern, 3 sailed boats. The course will give you a good foundation in downwind sailing. 

This course is for crew or skippers that want to develop their practical skills with spinnakers either for cruising or racing. 

Course Pre-requisites:  
Competent Crew  
10 Days at sea 
150nm 

Minimum Age: 16 

Duration: 2 Days 

Ability after course: Can fly a spinnaker and steer. 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

This is for sailors who want an introduction to racing, whether your part of the crew or skippering the yacht. 

You will learn the basics of racing, working together as a crew. Alongside some basic racing rules and tactics, you will gain general knowledge to navigate the racecourse.   

Prerequisites:  Competent Crew & Spinnaker Course 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after course:  Able to sail a boat to its best efficiency. 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

Coastal racing program has been developed to improve boat handling and speed as well as developing a strategic plan based on the conditions. 

This course is for crew or skippers that want to develop their Tactics and Strategy. 

Prerequisites:  Competent Crew and Learn to Race 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after course: Able to manage a race. 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

The Offshore racing program has been developed to learn and develop skills which will enhance your ability to adapt to the changing conditions and the skills to respond. 

This course is for crew or skippers that want to refine their tactics and their Strategy. 

 

Prerequisites:  Competent Crew and Coastal Racing. 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after course: Able to compile a race strategy and implement tactics. 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

Learn how to get out of trouble by learning how to resolve problems afloat. You will also get a good grounding in boat systems, maintenance, and Emergency control. 

Course Pre-requisites: 

Competent Crew and above 

10 days at sea 

150nm 

Minimum Age: 16 

Course Duration: 2 days 

Ability after course: Confidence in boat systems and maintenance. 

 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

Introduction to Performance 

Want to go faster, stand on the side of the boat, and fly a spinnaker? This course will teach you exactly that! An introduction to a more technical but exhilarating side of sailing, how to rig and use spinnakers, safely using a trapeze, and sailing a more powerful boat will all be covered. 

Course Prerequisites:RYA Stage 4 or RYA Level 3 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 13 

Ability after the course: Can sail a dinghy fitted with spinnaker and trapeze safely.

The pre charter course is aimed at those about to head off for a yacht charter. You will get a brush up on boat handling skills as well as looking into documentation and boat checks. 

Duration: 1 day 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after course: Knowledge and skills brush up before chartering. 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. It fulfills the requirements for: 

  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters. 
  • RYA instructors. 
  • First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations on first aid training 

 

Please email Sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. 

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required for the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on vessels voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels. 

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call. 

Course Pre-requisites: None 

Duration: 1 day 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after course: Can send and use a VHF radio to the required standard. 

Please email sailingadmin@doscuae.com to register your interest. 

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