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RYA adult sailing courses

During the pandemic this course will be taught with all candidates sailing in single handed dinghies only unless sailing with members of their own household or support bubble. The instructor will be teaching from another boat.


RYA Level 1, 2 and 3 adult sailing courses

  • Cost: £283.00
  • 2 day courses
  • For anyone who wants to learn to sail (16 years or over)
  • Will be sailing solo (unless from same household or support bubble)
  • Price per person (2 minimum to run, 3 people maximum in a group)
  • For enquires please contact
  • Terms and conditions

Level 1 - Start Sailing

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This course will introduce candidates to sailing. We will provide all the knowledge you need to know to get afloat under supervision. The course involves introduction to rigging a boat, getting them on and off the water, and how to sail in all directions. After the course the candidate will be able to sail in light winds under supervision.

  • Rigging, launching, recovery
  • Upwind, crosswind, downwind sailing, tacking and gybing
  • 5 essentials

Level 2 – Basic Skills

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This course is designed to build upon previous sailing knowledge and skills, to enable candidates to gain a solid foundation in sailing. After completion of the course candidate will be able to sail and make decisions in good conditions, and control the boat in dinghy manoeuvres.

  • Rigging and launching, 5 essentials, sailing in all directions
  • Man over board recovery, technical boat controls, capsize recovery, mooring

Level 3 – Better Sailing

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This course is aimed at people who have completed Level 2 or are up to the standard. It is primarily designed to consolidate sailing skills and trying new ones. After the course the candidate should feel more confident with skills and techniques in decent conditions, and be ready to progress onto advanced modules.

  • Coaching Level 1 and 2 sailing skills to higher levels
  • Taster sessions from the advanced modules

What to bring

There are currently no changing or shower facilities available, access to the Watersports Centre building is only in the case of emergencies

  • Packed lunch
  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Note pad and pen
  • Logbook (L2 and L3)

RYA First Aid course

  • ideal for those who need to validate qualifications for example RYA DI/BCAB Paddlesport Instructor or who are in a position of responsibility
  • RYA coaching qualifications – interested in becoming a qualified sailing instructor?

Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.


Sat nav post code SW18 5NW takes you to McCluskey's newsagents, on the corner of Revelstoke Road and Elsenham Street, just outside the park.

There is a small pay-and-display car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full.

Free car parking is also available at the Wimbledon Park Road entrance (sat nav SW19 6PE). It is a slightly longer walk across the grass to the Watersports Centre.

For more details email

During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there is no vehicle access to Wimbledon Park for dropping off and collecting. These parking restrictions may be enforced before the start and after the end date of the championships. Please check the All England Lawn Tennis website for specific traffic restrictions.