RYA Courses


Llangorse Sailing Club is a RYA Recognised Training Centre (RTC) and has to be one of the most beautiful dinghy sailing settings in the country with great facilities.  All our instructors are fully RYA qualified and follow the relevant national syllabus.

We provide the boats, the buoyancy aids and safety supervision.  You only have to turn up and have tremendous fun.  Training is for all ages, not just for the kids!

Our training fleet consists of Optimist, Topper, Mirror and Comet Trio boats – adult courses are typically run in Comet Trios but if appropriate may be in single handed boats.

Dinghy Sailing Courses – adults and juniors

Our main training event is our annual “Training Week” which is a five-day event run over the summer half term holiday.  This is an extremely popular event which offers training opportunities for adults as well as juniors.  Juniors from 8 upwards and all experiences from beginner to racer can apply.  For more information see the Training Week Page

We run great-value 2- or 3 day courses throughout the season please check our calendar for dates. The maximum ratio for all training courses is 3 students to 1 instructor for double handed boats (although we usually work with 2:1); 6 students to 1 instructor for single handed dinghies.

RYA Start Sailing (Level 1): This course introduces you to the fundamentals of sailing, including sailing up, down and across the wind, turning the boat and what to do in the event of a capsize.

Key learning points: Rigging, launching, landing, sailing in all directions, capsize recovery, safety information and basic sailing theory.

Our friendly instructors will be with you every step of the way, offering clear instruction, guidance and encouragement.  Training will begin with an instructor sailing in the boat with you, but it is hoped by the end of the 2 days you will be sailing on your own, with the instructor overseeing your development from a powerboat.

RYA Basic Skills (Level 2): This practical course consolidates what you will already have learnt on a Start Sailing course and sets out the foundations for developing your sailing. Practical on water sessions include coming alongside, improved tacking and gybing and man overboards. By the end of this course you should be a competent light-wind sailor, able to confidently sail around a short course without an instructor onboard.

Key learning points: Rigging, launching and landing, sailing in all directions, man overboard recovery, coming alongside, safety information and basic sailing theory.

Download general course information

What to do next:

Activity days are scheduled on Saturdays throughout the summer from July to October (see the programme for dates).  This is the perfect opportunity to practice your new skills.  Ideally you should aim to take the Level 1 course, do some practice and then go on to level 2.   Club boats are available for use on Activity Days to those with at least their Level 1 at no cost in the year of your course to within 12 months from the date of the course.

Powerboat Courses

We offer powerboat courses for the purpose of club members being able to drive our powerboats to support all club activities

We offer Powerboat 2 and Safety Boat courses (both 2 days) usually at the beginning and the end of the season – dates can be found in the club calendar.

If you are interested in booking onto a course please email the Training Principal: llangorsesailingclub.training@gmail.com

RYA Training Schemes 

Details of schemes can be found on the RYA Website:


First Aid Courses

All RYA instructors must have current First Aid Certificates and we run First aid courses for the benefit of our instructors.