LEARN TO SAIL 2-day Courses:
Level 1 Start Sailing &
Level 2 Basic Skills 

Photo of two people learning to sail a yacht on the sea

Welcome to Bay Sea School, the 'go-to' place in the North West for adult beginners learning to sail on the sea in a small yacht (also called a keelboat). 

Discover the basics of how to sail on a series of 2-day courses and turn your sailing dream into reality!

COVID 19 Restrictions: We are unable to meet social distancing requirements on our sailing courses because it involves sitting shoulder to shoulder for approximately 5 hours. The safety of both our clients and our instructors is paramount. So unfortunately for the time being we are unable to accept bookings. In the meantime please sign up to our mailing list (bottom of homepage) and be the first to hear when bookings resume. Possible dates for 2021 are at the bottom of the page. These are not available to book until all restrictions are lifted.

"Fantastic location & instruction!"

Why choose Bay Sea School?
Principal & Chief Instructor John Parlane is no ordinary dinghy sailing instructor but an experienced Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner.  He's also winner of the RYA 'Instructor of the Year' award.  His professional work includes inspecting other RYA recognised training centres so your safety on the water is very important at Bay Sea School. 

Beginners & Improvers 

  • Level 1 Start Sailing - Ideal for absolute beginners who'd like a gentle introduction to sailing. You'll steer the boat, adjust the sails and experience what's involved in sailing on the sea all with the security of having a professional skipper with you.
  • Level 2 Basic Skills - This course is the next step. It's aimed at sailors of all levels who want to build their confidence in the basics. You'll do lots of tacking & gybing and cover additional topics such as: synoptic charts; tidal sailing techniques; all points of sail; reefing; MOB & anchoring under sail. 

As a complete beginner you'll be amazed how much you pick up during your first two days on Level 1.  Then over a total of four days tuition (i.e. Level 1 followed soon after by Level 2) you'll experience all the basics of how to skipper & crew a small yacht on the sea. 

Expert sailors know the best way to learn to sail is on a small boat rather than a larger cruising yacht.  With a winning combination of manoeuvrability and stability keelboats are the ideal way to learn the basics. They're also a good option for adults who find dinghy sailing a bit cramped & uncomfortable. You just need to be mobile enough to board the yacht from the inflatable boat & also be able to move promptly from a seated position on one side of the yacht to the other.  Call us if you want to know more about this.

Bay Sea School normally restrict numbers on their keelboat courses to 3 students but can accommodate 4 if necessary.  

When you book a 2-day beginner level course you can work towards either Level 1 or Level 2.  Many people who aren't complete beginners are somewhere in between these levels.  So if you're unsure, you can decide which level is best for you after you've had a chance to go sailing and see what's involved on these two beginner level courses.

Learning to sail with Bay Sea School you'll be taught by mature instructors, John & Deirdre, both of whom are also Yachtmasters with over 25 years sailing experience on the sea! 

Click the following link to read more about learning to sail. The Best Way to Learn to Sail

If your dream is a cruising holiday in the Mediterranean, here's a useful pathway through the various RYA courses to becoming a Day Skipper and gaining your ICC (International Certificate of Competence). Beginner to Day Skipper

Your 2-day course fee includes:

  • RYA Sailing Logbook (G4)
  • Bay Sea School's unique course notes
  • RYA course completion certificate
  • Free use of sailing waterproof trousers & jackets if required (adult sizes small to extra-large)
  • All the necessary safety equipment including auto inflate life-jacket

If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, alternative dates will be agreed.  Please read our Terms & Conditions.

Please make a note of your start time when booking your course.
The second day sometimes starts up to an hour later depending on the tide.

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Start Time Finish Places left
Sat/Sun 26/27 June
Mon/Tue 28/29 June
Thu/Fri 8/9 July
Sat/Sun 10/11 July
Mon/Tue 12/13 July
Wed/Thu 14/15 July
Sat/Sun 24/25 July
Mon/Tue 26/27 July
Wed/Thu 28/29
Sat/Sun 7/8 August
Mon/Tue 9/10 August
Wed/Thu 11/12 August
Sat/Sun 21/22 August
Mon/Tue 23/24 August
Wed/Thu 25/26 August
Fri/Sat 27/28 August
Tue/Wed 7/8 September
Thu/Fri 9/10 September
Sat/Sun 11/12 September
Mon/Tue 20/21 September
Wed/Thu 22/23 September

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