Youth Sailing Courses

Youth Blocks are 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.

Price

Duration

Free*

4 Days

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.

Price

Duration

Free*

4 Days

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.

Price

Duration

Free*

4 Days

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.

Price

Duration

Free*

4 Days

All

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.

Price

Duration

Free*

4 Days

* All youth courses are free for membership holders

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