RYA Level 1 Start Sailing Course | Windermere

Aimed at beginners this course provides a short introduction to the sport of sailing.

RYA Level 1 Start Sailing

No prior experience or knowledge is required. Upon successful completion of all requirements of the syllabus you will be awarded the RYA Level 1: Start Sailing certificate and will have a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background knowledge enabling participants to get afloat and sail in light winds under supervision.


Outline Syllabus

  • Wind awareness
  • Sail controls and parts of the boat
  • Rigging the boat
  • Knots and ropework
  • Sailing in all directions
  • Turning the boat
  • Controlling speed and stopping
  • Launching and recovery
  • Awareness of other water users
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Weather
  • Capsize recovery

The course will be taught in a highly practical manner using both single-handed and crewed dinghies and supported by shore-based sessions providing essential background knowledge.


Course Prices

Course Duration Price Per Person (Min 2 People)
2 Days £190.00


What’s Included

  • Instruction by Royal Yachting Association qualified instructor
  • Maximum group size of six people
  • Protective clothing and safety equipment
  • Certificate


What’s not included

  • Personal insurance
  • Towels
  • RYA Logbook



The course dates show your actual activity days and the course will run from 10:00am to around 4:30pm each day. There will be a break for lunch at a convenient time. Please arrive at 9:30am on your first day to book into the centre.


What To Bring

We recommend that you bring: 

  • Plenty of warm clothing (quick drying fleece & thermals are ideal)
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Trainers or wetsuit boots
  • Hat & gloves
  • Sunglasses & sun cream
  • Flask or water bottle



Lunch is not supplied however those attending courses at The Watersports Centre are eligible for a discount of 10% off food at the Langdale Lounge at Low Wood Bay. Alternatively candidates can bring their own lunch.


Age Limits

This course is aimed at those aged 14 years and over.


Guest Discount Offer

Stay at any English Lakes Hotel and get 10% OFF watersports activities & courses.



Pre-booking is essential.

Hire & Activities can be booked by calling us on:

015394 39441

All sessions are subject to availability & weather conditions.

Courses are available to book outside of peak season (school holidays), email watersports.lowwood@englishlakes.co.uk to enquire.

Before arrival please check:
Opening Times | Terms & Conditions | Car Parking & Facilities

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