Dinghy Sailing for the Deaf

Bosun in the canalBeginners Dinghy Sailing for the deaf RYA Level 1

This course is for adults whom are profoundly deaf and have ability to lip read or sign by BSL/SSC. We cater for complete beginners, or those who have attended a taster session.

At the end of this course, you will have been introduced to the basics of sailing a dinghy safely and subject to suitable progress, you should obtain your RYA Level 1 certificate. The syllabus will include helming (steering) and crewing a dinghy on all points of sailing, rigging, man overboard drill and what to do in case of capsize.

If conditions permit, we shall go to sea late in the course to experience the effect of tides. 

Note: If you have completed a RYA level 1 course with us you can work towards your RYA level 2

Cost: £125 with early bird discount of £30 if paid in full before date tba.

Dates: tba.

Times: Saturday 09:00 to 18:00 and Sunday  09:00 to 17:00, with a break for lunch on both days.

Back to the RYA Dinghy Training Homepage where you can also find out how to book ››

Materials & Equipment

What to Bring each day

Clothing: You will have plenty of time to change before going afloat. Please note the water can be very cold and the weather as always in the UK can be changeable. When packing your bag remember it is always easier to take a layer of clothing off.

  • Soft sole shoes / Trainers to wear on the water (no welligtons) These are in addition to your dry footwear - barefoot is not an option
  • Towel
  • 2 Fleeces or sweat shirts
  • 2 T shirts
  • 2 pairs of trousers (not jeans)
  • 1 Pair of shorts
  • A suitable hat with string to attach to bouyancy aid
  • Swimwear
  • Suncream (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Bottled water to take afloat
  • Strong bag to take spare clothes afloat in safety craft

Food & Drink: Tea & Coffee will be supplied and available during the day Any other food you would like you will need to bring with you or purchase locally. Southwick has a microwave and a fridge you will be able to use. Food can be purchased from Southwick Square, a 10 minute walk. We will break between 17:00-19:00 on the Saturdays.

What we supply

  •  Buoyancy Aid
  •  Log Book and handbook

Note some waterproofs are available on a first come first served basis.


Back to the RYA Dinghy Training Homepage where you can also find out how to book ››