Youth Beginner Courses

Introduction to the sport of sailing. Covers all you need to know to get afloat under supervision.

HSC has a long and established record of encouraging and developing junior sailors through fun sailing programs. Our established team of volunteers behind junior sailing certainly wants to build on this tradition.

So whether you’re child has never set foot in a dinghy before, or whether they are already in to racing we are certain that Hollowell will provide a safe, exciting and inspiring environment to nurture their interest. All our courses follow the RYA Youth Training stages.

  • Junior Start Sailing Dates
  • Course One - Sat/Sun 1/2 June
  • Course two (Tues evenings), 4/11/18 & 25 June
  • Course three, Sat/Sun 7/8 Sept

Course Fee - £50


Stage 1

A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

  • Assumed knowledge: None
  • Minimum age: Children from the age of 8
  • Course content: Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing
  • Ability after course: Able to steer and understand basic principles

Stage 2

A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor

  • Assumed knowledge: Stage 1, unless you are doing a combined Stage 1 and 2 course. Basic knowledge and steering ability
  • Minimum age: Children from the age of 8
  • Course content: Basic sailing skills, rope-work, collision avoidance
  • Ability after course: Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles

Stage 3

Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme

  • Assumed knowledge: Up to and including the Stage 2 course
  • Minimum age Children: from the age of 8
  • Course content: Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory
  • Ability after course: Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions

Stage 4

Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. (optional if Stage 3 was taken in a double hander

  • Assumed knowledge: Up to and including Stage 3
  • Minimum age: Children from the age of 8
  • Course content: Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard
  • Ability after course: Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions

Course Booking

Our preferred method is with WebCollect.


However, you may also send a booking form by post or scan. Full contact details are on this form.


Jenny Sturt EMAIL if you have any queries about bookings.