RYA Courses


RYA Sailing Courses

Shell Bay Sailing Centre is an RYA training centre and we offer a range of courses for ages of 8 years and upwards. Adult sailing courses generally run from 10am to 4pm each day but may vary with the tide and weather. Junior half day courses run from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Our maximum student - instructor ratio is 6:1. Log books and text books can be purchased from the centre. The cost of certificates (where applicable) is included in the course fees.

RYA National Sailing Scheme

A series of two day courses for older teenagers and adults. These can be provided over a weekend or as a series of half day sessions.

Level 1: Start Sailing

An introduction to sailing using a mix of crewed dinghies with an instructor aboard, and single handers. After completion you will know about launching and recovering your boat, and be able to sail effectively in light winds under supervision.

A Watchful Eye


Level 2: Basic Skills

This follows on from Start Sailing. At the end of the course the successful sailor will be safety conscious and have basic knowledge of sailing in light winds without an instructor. The course includes sailing theory and a controlled capsize recovery with a safety boat in attendance.

Level 3: Better Sailing

This course will consolidate your level 1 and 2 skills, broaden your experience and improve your sailing techniques. It is ideal for those who haven't sailed for a while, as well as those who have completed level 2.

Seamanship Skills

Boat handling in more challenging conditions and learning to sail independently.

Day Sailing

This course teaches passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising.

Sailing with Spinnakers

Covers everything you need to know about sailing a modern 3 sail dinghy.

RYA Junior Courses

The RYA Youth Scheme follows similar lines to the National Scheme, but is arranged in stages, from 1 to 4. Our Courses run as five half day sessions. 

Stages 1 & 2 are run as five half-day sessions and are suitable for children of 8 years and above.

Stages 3 & 4 are more demanding courses and are suitable for those who are at least 11 years old and have RYA stage 2, or similar experience.

Start Sailing

Onboard Club

We also run a club on Saturday mornings from May to September. This is for all ability levels, from ages 8 to 16 years.


How to Make a Booking:

  1. Contact us by phone, or email to check availability,
  2. Download the booking form by clicking here, or 'download' in the table below.
  3. Send the completed form, together with payment to Shell Bay Sailing at the address on the 'Contact Us' page.

Please make cheques payable to 'Shell Bay Sailing Centre'. We also accept payment by credit/debit card, bank transfer and Paypal, so please contact us for details.


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Tuition Application Form
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