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We provide RYA courses all year round for both members and non-members.

Dinghy Sailing Taster Sessions

Take to the water for the first time in one of our sailing dinghies with an instructor onboard. A perfect introduction!

No Previous Experience Required!

The perfect way to get afloat for the first time!

2.5 Hours


Ages 8+

For safeguarding reasons, we are unable to offer 1:1 sessions for those under 16. They should be booked on with a friend or adult. 

From £TBC

Members: £TBC
Non-members: £TBC
A set price for up to three people attending together.

Key Information

Course Content

An introduction to dinghy sailing. After helping your instructor rig your boat, you will go afloat on the Lymington River and surrounding areas. Your instructor will get you fully involved in sailing the boat, from controlling the sails to taking the helm!

We normally run these sessions in our larger single handles, like our Topaz Argos and Lymington River Scows.

Example Programme

The below programme is an indication of how your course may be structured - please be aware that this is an example only and many factors may influence this including weather and candidate progress.


What's Included?

  • Use of a buoyancy aid for the duration of the course
  • Instructor, boat costs

What Will I Need?

  • A wetsuit or waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Shoes you do not mind getting wet - neoprene shoes or old trainers are best
  • Lots of warm thin layers
  • Change of clothes if you get wet
  • A passport style photo for the certification process
  • Lunch and snacks to last the day
A comprehensive kit list will be sent as part of the course joining instructions.

Assessment & Course Outcomes

None- although we do have some taster session certificates we can give to younger participants.

Cancellation Policy

Please ensure you are aware of our cancellation policy, available here:


Upcoming Dates and Book Now!

We are working hard to schedule dates for 2024. Dates for this course will be released soon.

If you are struggling to find dates that work for you, we may still be able to arrange a course to suit. Please email our Training Manager & Chief Instructor, Carlo, on [email protected] to discuss.

What Makes Our Training So Great?

"Olli was a brilliant instructor. Personable and patient he taught the course in simple, easy to understand language. He assessed his pupils quickly to deliver the course with the right balance of professionalism and fun that we were clearly looking for.​"
"We wanted to thank the instructors for teaching us about powerboats this weekend. We felt we learnt a great deal, although as with all things, the more you know the more you realise there is to learn! We both enjoyed it enormously and are looking forward to practising...maybe when the weather is a little warmer!"
"I have completed the PB2 course and I would just like to pass on my thanks to the instructors who ran a very professional and informative course. All of the instructors were calm, reassuring and patient and I would certainly recommend them to friends!"
"Brilliant day, practiced so much, heaps of thanks given me much more confidence to volunteer when my son sails in the Tera fleet on Saturdays.​"

Our Equipment

We have a varied fleet of powerboats including RIBs, a launch, tiller steered Rigiflexs, and a Cheetah Marine multihull. Haven Jubilee is our go to boat for most powerboat courses. She was launched by our patron, HRH The Princess Royal, in 2022 and is fitted with depth sounder and electronic navigation aids.

We have a fleet of over 55 sailing dinghies: from Optimists and Hartley10s to RS Fevas and Topaz Argos - with many classes in between! We invest in our fleet, maintaining our boats to a high standard. We also can't wait to welcome a fleet of RS Zests in early 2024!

Our Facilities

Our clubhouse sits right on the waters edge- it is possible to walk out the classroom door and be on the water in seconds! We have a large pontoon where we store most of our sailing dinghies, with an innovative floating slipway to launch them without having to get wet. It also provides a great space to tie boats up to for lunch limiting the amount of times you have to pull them up the slipway!

Our Sailing Area

We have access to some of the best sailing areas on the South Coast. The sheltered lakes provide a great space to take to the water for the first time and the Western Solent provides a more challenging area for those looking to push themselves.

Our Instructors

Our instructors provide a friendly welcome and bring a wealth of experience to the club. We really couldn't do it without them!