RYA Youth Stage 3 (Dinghy)

2 days

The course

An RYA youth course to develop your skills and prepares you for sailing without an instructor on board. The course follows a syllabus set by the RYA which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind . A capsize drill is included.

Teaching method

Initially in a small dinghy or catamaran, with one instructor per boat, we will give you a chance to helm and crew the boat, developing a full range of sailing skills. The instructor will demonstrate manoeuvres and teaching you to manage the boat and crew yourself. We use the RYA method for two-handed dinghies for all students but can offer the option of two-person dinghies and catamarans.

Course and session timing

Stage 3 is the third course in the RYA progression for youth sailors (up to 16) who will have sailed before. Students must be confident in and around water and we can accommodate most people, regardless of your normal activity levels. Check with us if in any doubt. We recommend that aspiring keelboat and catamaran sailors complete this dinghy courses to at least stage 2 before moving to a catamaran.

Pre-course experience

A wonderful course suiting all which assumes a skill level equivalent to a Youth Stage 2. The course can be combined with a Stage 4 course over a 3-day period or equivalent hours for those who want to progress two stages in one week. Students without a Youth Stage 2 certificate but who can demonstrate in a short on-the-water session that they can already helm a dinghy can take Stage 3 as their first formal course.

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)


  • Reprise Stages 1 & 2
  • Rigging, launching and recovery
  • Sailing techniques
  • Capsize recovery and inversion
  • Sailing theory

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.