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The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) was set up in 1875, and has become world renowned for its training schemes. There are currently more than 2,400 RYA Training centres worldwide, in more than 58 countries.

The Youth and Adult schemes are all encompassing, for everyone from complete novices to the highest level of racing. It’s focus is to be accessible and more importantly safe, to raise the standards of boating by promoting safe practices.

As an RYA recognized training centre, we are held to the standards of the RYA and all our instructors must be qualified by the RYA. This ensures that training and equipment is kept to a very high standard.

We are very lucky to have a huge range of equipment available from 2.4m Optimists to 4.9m RS Ventures, and even a foiling (flying!) Waszp, so we can ensure that we provide the ideal boat no matter the standard of sailor. 
 
The RYA Schemes are simple to follow; start at Stage 1 (youth) or Level 1 (adult) and progress from there. Each scheme is geared towards the ideal learning styles for the age groups, but follow the same syllabus overall. 
 
We offer courses on the weekdays and weekends to help you find a suitable time to join us – youth weekday slots are naturally after school. Private lessons are also available on weekdays for those who would rather have 1:1 tuition, or spend some time focussing on specific skills. 
 
There are also practice groups which we heavily recommend joining between courses to consolidate your skills so you are fully ready for the next stage/level, as each course expects you to have mastered the skills from the previous level. These practice clubs are available for both adult and youth groups. 

Youth Dinghy

Adult dinghy

SAILING COURSES FOR youth and juniors

RYA Learn to sail

Our weekend Learn to Sail courses run by term, with beginners having the choice of Saturday or Sunday mornings, to utilize the lighter winds and build confidence. RYA Stage 1 & 2 will be taught, which covers the basics of sailing and introduces the skills needed to progress into a confident small boat sailor. 

Course Prerequisites:  Water confident 

 Duration: 3 hours, every Saturday or Sunday of the term. 

 Minimum Age: 6 

 Ability after the course: RYA Stage 1 or 2 (as appropriate)

Our weekend Learn to Sail courses run by term, with intermediates having the choice of Saturday or Sunday afternoons, to utilize the sea breeze and build confidence. RYA Stage 3 & 4 will be taught, which covers the more advanced skills such as the 5 Essentials, come along side, and Man Over-board. 

Course Prerequisites: RYA Stage 2 

Duration: 3 hours, every Saturday or Sunday of the term. 

Minimum Age: 8 

Ability after the course: RYA Stage 3 or 4 (as appropriate) 

Our weekend Learn to Sail courses run by term, with the advanced group running on Saturday or Sunday afternoons to utilize the sea breeze. A variety of the RYA Advanced modules will be taught, with the aim of developing the young sailors towards performance dinghies and the instructor pathway. 

 Course Prerequisites:  RYA Stage 4 

 Duration: 3 hours, every Saturday of the term. 

 Ability after the course: Deeper understanding and practical ability to use more advanced equipment and skills. 

Short 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: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 6

Ability after the course: Basic understanding of boat controls

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Youth Practice Club is a great opportunity for all kids who have completed their RYA Stage 1, to practice and consolidate their sailing skills. This will build confidence for the young sailors and help them get ready for their next stage. 
 
During the sessions there will be games, challenges, races, and many more fun activities to practice their skills and improve water confidence. 
 
Course Prerequisites: Stage 1

Duration: 3 hours 

weekly after school courses

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: Water confident

Minimum Age: 6

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

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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

Minimum Age: 7

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

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

Course Prerequisites: RYA Stage 2  

Minimum Age: 8 

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

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SAILING COURSES FOR ADULTS

Weekend Courses

WEEKDAY COURSES​

RYA COURSES

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

You will be using user friendly dinghies, that will allow you to learn the basic skills necessary for sailing. 

Course Prerequisites: Water confident 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 14 

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

Costs:

  • Member: AED 1880
  • Visitors: AED 2350

 

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On completion of this course, you will have a better knowledge of sailing. The level 1 skills will be refined, and new skills such as Man Over Board, will be introduced to promote safety on the water.  

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 the course: Confidently sail in moderate winds 

Costs:

  • Member: AED 1880
  • Visitors: AED 2350

 

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This 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 an opportunity to practice and consolidate sailing technique and independent sailing.

Course Prerequisites: RYA Level 2

Duration: 2 days

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

Costs:

  • Member: AED 1880
  • Visitors: AED 2350

 

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DEVELOPMENT COURSES

This is all about getting on the water and practicing your skills, in a supported, social environment. We shall help you every step of the way, with assistance rigging, launching, and coaching on the water.

Course Prerequisites: RYA Level 1

Duration: 3 hours

WEEKDAY COURSES​

Start your day right with breakfast and coffee (or tea!) at DOSC, followed by a supported sailing session. If the afternoon is your preference, then Après Club is there for you! Sailing, followed by a pre-booked social table with snacks provided.

This is all about getting on the water and practicing your skills, in a supported, social environment. We shall help you every step of the way, with assistance rigging, launching, and coaching on the water.

Course Prerequisites: RYA Level 1

Duration: 2 hours

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Our team of fantastic instructors are available for private lessons, able to teach you anything from the basic controls to trapezing with spinnakers! 

We have availability Monday – Friday, either 10:00 – 12:00, or 13:00 – 15:00. If these aren’t quite suitable, please let us know and we shall work to fit you in. 

 To book, or for more information, please email us.