RYA Better Sailing (Dinghy)

2 days

The course

Learn better sailing techniques to improve your confidence and safety in more conditions and types of boat.

Teaching method

Better Sailing (Level 3) will involve more independent sailing in single-handers or with another course member. An instructor will be on the water with you, in a powerboat or in another single-hander.

Course and session timing

Course duration: 2 days in total (can be run as 4 half-days). Usual lesson time is 3 to 4 hours mixed between sailing and theory to prepare you for the next exercise. Some of your time will be rigging (preparing the boat) and de-rigging) at the end of the lesson. To ensure maximum learning time, you should come prepared to sail and change before your course starts if possible.

Pre-course experience

A 2-day dinghy course for those confident in sailing dinghies and usually following on from achieving Basic Skills (Level 2). Start Sailing is the first course in the RYA progression for adults or older juniors (usually 14+) who have not sailed before.

How to book

Courses can be booked by contacting the ESS office by email, phone or enquiry form on the website (a button on this page will pop-up a booking form, another button is a general info form)


  • Rig set up and sail controls to prepare the boat according to different weather conditions and sea states
  • Leave and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, including windward and leeward shore in simple conditions
  • Better Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres – adjusting the centre board, sail trim, crew weight and route to sail depending on conditions
  • More efficient sailing developing a more skilful technique in different classes of boat and using tell-tales
  • Taster elements from the advanced modules such as: basic gennaker handling, trapezing or starting a race
  • Advanced sailing theory and background
  • Basic meteorology – Beaufort Wind Scale and awareness of changing weather conditions

Course progression

Course start

Our courses run daily upon request.

What's provided

We will provide the boat, instructor and course materials such as an RYA logbook. RYA textbooks covering the activities (and more) can be purchased from the shop. You should bring your own sailing shoes or old trainers for use in the boat.

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See a course in progress

Please ensure that you read and understand our COVID-19 procedures and the terms and conditions of your course contract with us. Copies of these will be emailed with your course confirmation and are available, laminated, at the beach. You will be asked to sign to confirm that you have read and understood them.