Beginners Training


UPDATE- Level 1 Training is now full. If you want to be put on the waiting list please email us a completed application form but no deposit.

Hastings & St Leonards runs annually two sail training courses 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 Club run by sailing 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 cost covers 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 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 also includes an Associate club membership fee from September 2019 and the following season. The Basic Skills fee includes a sailing membership from April and runs to mid December – we are a hardy bunch!

ADULT – RYA (LEVEL 1) START SAILING – 2 Days 9am – 5pm

Saturdays 31st August and 7th September Fee £160 COURSE FULL


5 Sessions – Saturdays 9.00 am -1.00 pm Wednesdays 6.00 pm -9.00 pm

Sat 27th April, Wed 1st May, Sat 4th May, Wed 8th May, Sat 11th May – Fee £265

If you wish to apply for a training course space, please complete the application form by clicking here

The Level-1 course is now full. If you want to be put on the waiting list please email us a completed application form but no deposit.

Email your completed application form to the Training Principal Melanie Clark who is also happy to respond to any queries: