Adult Sailing

Dinghy Level 1: Start Sailing

The Start Sailing Course introduces you to the basics of sailing. If you’re a fan of getting wet, then Dinghies are for you. Want to stay dry - try our beginner yacht course for adults.

Price: €199 per person


This course runs on the syllabus of Royal Yachting Association Level 1 and comprises of 12 hours tuition. Put simply we start at the beginning – it is assumed that all participants have no previous dinghy sailing experience but are water confident and have a can-do attitude with regard to getting to grips with life aboard a small dinghy! The course syllabus includes:

  • Learning how to Rig (Assembling your boat)
  • Pre-launch safety checks.
  • What clothing is the right clothing to wear?
  • Weather - what conditions are safe for me?
  • Turning the boat around - Tacking and Gybing.
  • Setting the sails according to what angle you’re sailing at to the wind.
  • Capsize recovery - Getting the boat back upright!
  • Learning how to determine the direction the wind is coming from.
  • Ropework!

What you’ll get from the course

This course will provide you with a fantastic foundation in the sport of sailing – by the end of your time with us you will know the basics well and be ready to up the ante and sign up for a Level 2 Course.

The Boat

Your training boat is the Laser Pico – a versitile dinghy designed with the sailing school in mind, complete with reefable sail and plenty of cockpit space for you to get comfortable in.


We provide everything – from your wetsuit to Lifejacket / Buoyancy Aid to waterproof jackets to wear whilst afloat. All you need to bring along is swimwear, shower gear, a towel, spare pair of clothes, a packed lunch and most importantly a can do attitude.

Course Dates 2020

Courses run from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays and 10am-5.30pm on Sundays.

  • Course 1: 21st and 22nd March
  • Course 2: 4th and 5th April
  • Course 3: 18th and 19th April
  • Course 4: 9th and 10th May
  • Course 5: 16th and 17th May
  • Course 6: 30th and 31st May
  • Course 7: Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th June
  • Course 8: Saturday 20th and Saturday 27th June
  • Course 9: Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th July
  • Course 10: Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th July
  • Course 11: Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th August
  • Course 12: Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd August
  • Course 13: 29th and 30th August
  • Course 14: 5th and 6th September
  • Course 15: 19th and 20th September

The course fees are €199.

Book Now

Once you have chosen a date that suits you can book by calling us on 01 2844195 or online below. All major Credit / Debit Cards accepted. Don’t be disappointed, book early! Once you have booked in, we'll send you a confirmation email outlining your course, its date and start / finish times. Please ensure to have read our Terms and Conditions prior to enrolling.

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