RYA Accredited Training

Courses running 15th/16th May and 5th/6th June are fully booked. If you're interested in becoming a member then please come down for a chat on a Sunday.

Bristol Avon Sailing Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre. RYA dinghy courses are available for children and adults. Courses range from beginners courses to competent racing and sailing. Other courses may be available depending upon demand, such as progression to RYA Dinghy Instructor for club training volunteers. We have a training fleet including Toppers, Topazes, a Comet Uno and Comet Duos.

For new members to the club who have never sailed before or who have sailed before but need to refresh their skills, we offer a membership with training bundle that includes either adult, student or junior training plus club membership from the start of the course to the end of November 2021. It also includes free use of club boats during the training course and afterwards up to and including the club's regatta in July. For those who successfully pass Level 2 / Stage 2 and gain the necessary post course experience, a Level 3 / Stage 3 training course may be offered at the end of September for a small additional fee.

RYA Level 1 Adults is a two day course and will teach you the basics of dinghy sailing. RYA level 2 is an additional two days and will give you the confidence to go sailing on your own in moderate winds. The training courses are run over two weekends.

We generally take children from the age of 10 upwards.

RYA Youth Stage 1 takes a minimum of 2 days and introduces them to dinghy sailing.

Stage 2 takes a minimum of 2 days and will teach the basics of sailing.

Stage 3 will give them the confidence to sail on their own and also takes a minimum of 2 days.

Stage 4 will give them experience of sailing a double handed boat and will take at least 2 days.

Adult and Junior Learn to Sail courses take place over two weekends in May / June and include membership fees. Details of the course dates and an application form can be found below.

Example prices:

Adult Learn to Sail Package: £320

RYA Level 1& 2 Training/ Club Membership for one adult

Joint Adult Learn to Sail Package:  £550

RYA Level 1 & 2 Training / Club Membership for two adults who share an address

Student Learn to Sail Package:  £247

RYA Level 1 & 2 Training / Club Membership for one student (persons aged 18-25 who are in full time education)

1 Adult and 1 Junior Learn to Sail Package:  £454

RYA Level 1 & 2 Training / RYA Junior Stage 1-2 Training (qualification gained will depend on age and ability) / Club Membership for one adult and one junior.

Junior Learn to Sail Packages: 1 Junior £180 / 2 Juniors £314

RYA Junior Stage 1-2 Training (qualification gained will depend on age and ability)

  • Recommended minimum age: 10 years
  • Includes club membership for 1 non-sailing adult (who will act as a guardian) and 1 or 2 Juniors under 18 years old
  • Parents are not required to stay during the training but must accompany Juniors at other times when on club premises.

2021 Training Course Dates:

May 13 (Thurs)                     7pm Training course briefing


May 15/16 (Sat/Sun)           Adult Level 1 and Youth Stages 1-4 (dependent on experience)


June 5/6 (Sat/Sun)                Adult Level 2 and Youth Stage 1-4 (dependent on experience)


Learn to Sail Packages Information

Learn to Sail Application Form

We also offer training for the other side of sailing, such as supporting on the safety boat and running the Race Hut for the day.