Beginners Training


Hastings & St Leonards runs two sail training courses annually and aims not only to introduce people to the sport of sailing but also for them to benefit from being part of a warm and friendly sailing club run by enthusiast volunteers. 

Adult Beginners RYA Start Sailing (Level 1) & RYA Basic Skills (Level 2) – These courses introduce you to sailing and get you afloat firstly under supervision (Level 1) and then builds on these foundations to develop your independent sailing skills (Level 2). The courses are Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved and are led by our experienced, friendly and qualified instructors. 

Sailing in small dinghies and moving them around the beach is a physical activity. You need to be able to swim 50 metres, and climb into a dinghy from the water, which is roughly equivalent to pulling yourself out of a swimming pool without using a pool ladder or steps. Oh, and you mustn’t mind getting wet! It is important that you attend every session if you want to reach the standards for the RYA qualifications and get maximum benefit from being part of a group of keen beginners who often become sailing allies and good friends. 

The costs cover your tuition fees, a sailing manual and log book, use of a club buoyancy aid, club boats during the course and for those attaining RYA Level 2, free use of club boats on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the remainder of the year. 

You will need to have your own wetsuit. Gloves, sailing boots or old trainers, and a kagool or sailing spray top are also recommended. 

The fee for Start Sailing includes an associate club membership fee from September 2020 until the end of the season. The Basic Skills fee includes a sailing membership from April and runs to mid December – we are a hardy bunch! 

ADULT – RYA (LEVEL 2) BASIC SKILLS – 5 sessions 

TRAINING CANCELLED. More information to follow.

Wed 18th April 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Wed 22nd April 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm Sat 25th April 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Wed 29th April 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Sat 2nd May – full day 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Fee £265 

ADULT – RYA (LEVEL 1) START SAILING – 2 Days Saturdays 5th and 12th September 9 am – 5 pm Fee £160 

Should you wish to book please complete the training application and membership forms on the links below. 

Membership form

Training application form

If you require any further information please contact Melanie, Training Principal on