RYA Stage 1

Course Details

The RYA Stage 1 course covers the basic knowledge and practical skills for juniors aged 8-18 to get onto the water. This course is perfect for juniors who have expressed an interest in sailing or enjoyed themselves on a Discover Sailing Session.

Our qualified RYA Instructors work to the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme, so you can be sure your child is receiving a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.

All participants must be a member of Aylesbury Sailing Club before booking

Course Duration

2 Days (9am – 5pm total of 16 Hours)
5 Days (9am – 5pm total of 40 Hours)


Aylesbury Sailing Club, Weston Turville

Theory Knowledge Covered

Wind awareness/ direction
Basic Boat Controls
Parts of the boat
Stopping, Controlling Speed and getting out of irons
Knots (Figure of 8 and cleating)
Clothing and Equipment
Local Hazards
Preparing for a tow

Student to Instructor Ratio

Maximum 9:1
With current COVID Guidelines and restrictions indoors this is currently limited to 6:1

Included in the cost

RYA Youth Logbook and Certificate upon successful completion

Sailing Challenges

Clap your hands whilst sailing
Speed Rigging
Relay Race!

Practical Skills Taught

Rigging a boat
Steer when sailing and being towed
Steer on a reach and tack
Paddle or row
Call for assistance
Confident in the water with a buoyancy aid on.
Capsize Recovery
Stowing and manoeuvring a boat on shore