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Start Sailing - RYA Level 1

sailing - Up to 6 people


Learn to sail with Southampton Water Activities Centre. Join the team on a weekend-long introduction into sailing, where no previous experience is needed. Our passionate team of instructors will get you afloat and learning some basic skills - leaving you confident in a sailing dinghy and wanting to learn more!

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Start Sailing Course is a fun introduction to dinghy sailing that gives you the knowledge and skills to rig, launch, recover and sail under instruction.

Why Learn To Sail with SWAC?

  1. Our courses are led by friendly, passionate and qualified RYA Instructors
  2. We offer courses suitable for adults, children, groups and those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities - anybody can learn new skills
  3. We have a variety of brilliant quality Single Handed, Double Handed, Multihull and Keelboat Sailing boats - allowing us to deliver a diverse range of courses
  4. All specialist kit is provided – including Buoyancy aids and lifejackets
  5. Waterproofs tops and trousers are also available – just in case the British weather is determined to get you wet!

Please Note:

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering COVID Secure activities to the public.

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

  1. We ask that you not attend if you, or anyone in the household, are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. We will coordinate all activities so you will join your group straight away after sign in.
  3. We're following all Royal Yachting Association Training Centre guidance including teaching ratios, social distancing and safety protocol
  4. We will ask all participants to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating.
  5. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact.
  6. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard.

What to bring

Meals & Refreshments

Participants should bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, lunch can be purchased from nearby shops and restaurants.

Hot drinks and water are available from the Centre.


We suggest leaving expensive valuables at home or in the car.


What’s included?

  1. Wetsuit
  2. Buoyancy Aid
  3. Spray Top
  4. Helmet

What you need to bring:

  1. Closed-toe shoes (essential)
  2. Swimwear for under wetsuit
  3. Towel
  4. Sun cream
  5. Any of your own sailing kit you might own that you would want to wear


This course is ideal for complete beginners and requires no prerequisites.


The itinerary for the day will vary depending on your instructor and the weather conditions, however will usually include:

09:00 – Arrive at SWAC to sign in for your course and meet your instructor

09:30 – Sessions start

12:30 to 13:30 – Break for lunch

13:30 – Afternoon sessions commence

16:00 – Finish sessions afloat and de-rig

16:15 – Debrief and get changed

17:00 – Depart


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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Where we'll meet

Free parking is available on site. Bike rails are available and located at the end of the garages in the car park.

Southampton Water Activities Centre

Group discount available

£220 for adults

Sat 8th - Sun 9th Jan
09:00 - 17:00 every day · 6 spaces left
Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd Jan
09:00 - 17:00 every day · 4 spaces left
Sat 5th - Sun 6th Feb
09:00 - 17:00 every day · 6 spaces left


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