Youth Sailing Courses

Youth Blocks 1,2,3,4,5 - Ideal for beginners and for working towards any RYA Youth stages 1,2,3. Those aged 8 to 11 should book the Oppie group. Topper courses are for those aged 11-16. Simply see which set of dates suit you best.

In addition there are five specialist youth courses depending on your age, ability and interest.

Oppie Open – This is for all Oppie sailors who have achieved a minimum Stage 1. The course allows those youngsters not yet old enough or big enough to sail a Topper to be in a larger and more competitive group in which to develop their skills. The transition to Topper sailing is quite a broad one, so if you are not yet 11yrs, don’t weigh 40Kg or aren’t 1.5m tall then this course is definitely for you.

Youth Racing – As the name suggests this is for those who are interested in Racing! It is taught in single handers and is both a very good introduction to club racing and a chance to further develop skills and tactics. You need to be at least 12 years and have your RYA Stage 3 to apply for this course.

Youth Laser - This course is taught alongside the youth afloat course. The aim is to further develop your skills beyond Stage 3 in a more challenging single hander. You need to be 13 years to apply for this one and have Stage 3.

Youth Afloat – This course is delivered in two handed boats. The course content varies depending on who applies. On your first Youth Afloat you can expect to work towards your Stage 4 certificate. Just like the Blocks you can do Youth Afloat as many times as you wish. On further courses you will experience all sorts; for example, seamanship skills, spinnaker handling and trapezing. You do need to be 13 years to apply for this one and have Stage 3.

Youth Performance – This course is also in double handers and is for those young people truly interested in honing their skills. It focuses on how to make your boat go as fast as possible in all conditions. You need to be 14 years and have Stage 4 to apply for this one. It is good preparation for club racing, national regattas and instructor training.


To sail with NSSA at Filby you need to become a member. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 8 years. Membership for 2020 is £50. There is no further cost for Youth Courses. The RYA Youth Log Book (G11) can be purchased through this website (RYA publications page) or when attending your course.

Complete your membership and course application via our online form, or download the PDF form and post it to us with your membership fee and course fee (if applicable) to the address on the form.

Your membership pack will then be emailed to you. We look forward to seeing you on the water with us at Filby soon!


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