Learning to sail in small boats is probably the quickest and easiest way to get started. The RYA's National Sailing Scheme consists of a series of two day courses (Level 1: Start Sailing, Level 2: Basic Skills & Level 3: Better Sailing) aimed at anyone wanting to learn to sail in either dinghies, small keelboats or multihulls. These smaller boats are generally lighter and easier to handle and launch than larger sailing yachts.
The introductory Levels 1, 2 & 3 of the scheme are followed by 5 advanced modules for those looking to pursue the sport further. These advanced modules include Seamanship, Spinnakers, Start Racing, Day Sailing and Performance Sailing.
At Stormforce Coaching, we teach the RYA's National Sailing Scheme in keelboats, rather than using dinghies or multihulls. Keelboats are slightly larger, more stable boats, although they are still not as big as a cruising yacht. The fixed keel stops the boat from capsizing, meaning you will spend more of your course afloat and less (hopefully no) time in the water.
It is possible to take courses from the National Sailing Scheme back to back, as we often run the 2 day courses consecutively. During the summer months, however, many people opt to spread the 2 day courses over 4 evenings, instead of taking 2 full days off work. This has the added benefit of turning the course into a social after work event, and an opportunity to spend some of those longed for light summer evenings on the water.
At Stormforce Coaching, our Keelboat courses are taught onboard open SB20 keelboats (which are under 10m). Please follow our Keelboat courses ladder for an overview of the Keelboat Scheme, to find the course that is best for you.
Keelboat Training Ladder
Start Racing RYA Keelboat Sailing with Spinnakers
Day Sailing RYA Keelboat Intermediate Racing RYA Keelboat Performance Sailing
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