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Start Racing

sailing - Up to 6 people


Join us at SWAC for a week of fun and exciting introduction to dinghy racing. SWAC is known for our emphasis on having fun while learning new skills, in the heart of Southampton. 

What is it? 

Our Active Sail courses are designed around the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme. Start Racing is one of the five advanced modules in the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme. Children learn the fundamentals of dinghy racing through a range of short exercises and practice races. Students learn about; start line tactics, mark rounding, maintaining boat speed around the course, rules and strategy. After the course children will have the confidence to enter club level racing at their local sailing club or with us at the centre. We recognise that children learn differently, and the course is designed to help sailors progress using a skill-based approach. Our focus is to develop confidence and ability to sail a small single-handed dinghy. By Friday, weather permitting, we embark on a day sail for an offsite picnic before returning to base. 

We teach at a ratio of 6:1 meaning children are well supervised and receive specific feedback to make sure they enjoy mastering the sport. Children can expect to sail a boat on their own, or with a friend. 

When is it? 

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering childcare solutions to the public. 

To ensure that we can provide a safe environment for your children and our staff, we are implementing the following procedures; 

  1. We ask that you not send your child if they, or anyone in the household is showing symptoms of COVID-19. 
  2. We will colour coordinate all groups, so your child will join their group straight away after morning sign in. When booking additional days, please always register your child into the same colour group. 
  3. We will also all children to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating. 
  4. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact. 
  5. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard. 

Who is it for? 

Eight to sixteen year olds. 

How much is it? 

  1. £295 per week (peak) or £245 per week (off-peak) including your RYA log book and certificate 
  2. Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up are available - bolt these on at the checkout 

As an Ofsted registered centre, you are also able to pay using your Childcare vouchers, and can do so by emailing your booking to or via our facebook direct messenger. 

What to bring


Participants should bring a packed lunch, please note that we do not offer fridge or microwave facilities, due to our COVID Secure Measures.


Hot drinks and water are available from the Centre, but ensure your children have enough water to keep them hydrated throughout the day.


Please note we do not keep children's valuables on site. We suggest leaving expensive valuables at home.

Clothing List

We will provide all specialist equipment such as buoyancy aids, wetsuits and waterproofs.

We advise you bring:

  1. Closed toe footwear
  2. Warm layers would be useful such as a fleece or jumper. It can be much cooler on the water.
  3. Woolly hat / Sun hat
  4. Change of clothes - other than the ones you will wear afloat
  5. Towel, Sun Glasses & security strap, sun screen.


Must be Stage 4 sailors and aged from 8-16 years old.


Course programmes are tailored around the weather and tidal conditions of the week.

For more information on Advanced Youth Modules please click here.


Full refund if cancelled 21 days prior to the commencement date

If cancelling a booking more than 21 days prior to the activity commencement date, alternative dates, course credit or a refund can be offered. For some cancellations an administration fee may be charged. Cancellations within 21 days are charged at the full rate and non-refundable.

Cancellation of any booking must be made in writing. For cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice, please contact the venue direct by telephone. Please familiarise yourself with our full booking Terms and Conditions by clicking here.

If the conditions on the day aren’t ideal but the activity is still taking place, refunds & rescheduling will only be provided under special circumstances. We look forward to seeing you at your sessions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with a member of the team.

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£295 for children

Mon 2nd - Fri 6th Aug
09:30 - 16:30 every day · 1 spaces left


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