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Hykeham Sailing Club, which is affiliated to the RYA and is an RYA Recognised Training Centre, offers adult sailing courses (ages 16+). Our courses include:

RYA Level 1

The RYA level 1 dinghy sailing introduces absolute beginners to the sport of dinghy sailing. The course is for beginners who have done little or no dinghy sailing before. It is the first part of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training scheme. The course is run by club instructors, with an emphasis on starting to learn the basics of boat handling and wind awareness in a friendly, relaxed environment. By the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of sailing techniques and some background knowledge and should have the competence and the confidence to be able to sail in light winds under the supervision of your RYA Instructor.

Whilst actual capsize recovery isnt required at Level 1, it is recommended that students should be able to swim. No minimum level of swimming ability is stipulated, but it is more important that students should be confident in water. Course content will comprises an introduction to wind awareness, boat rigging, basic sailing techniques and safety whilst afloat, sailing in different directions, tacking, gybing, launching & recovery.

RYA level 2

The RYA level 2 course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired from the RYA level 1 course, taking participants to a level where they are competent to sail in light to moderate winds without supervision. On satisfactory completion of the RYA level 2 course, individuals are deemed to have sufficient competence to make use of the clubs own boats, weather conditions permitting. Like Level 1, this course is highly practical with most the time spent on the water. The course builds on the topics covered in the RYA level 1 course and introduces the following additional topics to raise the individuals competence to a point where they are safe to sail unsupervised in suitable conditions.

To participate in the RYA level 2 course, you must have completed RYA level 1 course or RYA level 1 sailing ability, at Level 2 and students should feel confident in the water.

Dates for 2024 can be found on our calendar, here

RYA Level 1 18th & 19th May 2024

RYA Level 2 25th & 26th May 2024

RYA Level 1 22nd & 23rd June 2024

RYA Level 2 29th & 30th June 2024

Email for more details and to book a place.

Adult Improvers

After gaining basic sailing skills through the RYA 1 & 2 courses, members may wish to continue with training to practice and improve their skills in a fully supervised environment.  This is where the Adult improvers training comes in.  We offer a series of supervised training to improve general sailing skills whilst also introducing racing concepts.  For more information, contact

Session dates are available in the calendar here

Last updated 9:36pm on 10 May 2024

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