Adult Level 2 Dinghy Course

It has been necessary to delay delivery of this course to later in the season, most probably September. All those who have booked will be contacted by the office.

The Adult RYA Level 2 Dinghy course combines the Level 1 (Start Sailing) and the Level 2 (Basic Skills) courses into a 5 day course. On completion of the course a novice should have sufficient knowledge to rig, launch and recover a sailing dinghy, sail round a triangular course, pick up a mooring, carry out a man overboard recovery and right a capsized dinghy. They will also have a knowledge of what to wear, weather, tides, the 5 essentials, points of sail etc.

This course is extremely popular and spaces are limited. To request a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving your name, DOB and a brief resume of your sailing experience or qualifications. A place on the course will be confirmed by email.

Registration will take place on the first evening of the course. You should bring with you a completed Application Form, a completed Medical Declaration Form and a cheque, made out to Helensburgh Sailing Club, for the full amount of the course fee.

Membership of HSC
Non-members of HSC can attend this course and will be granted temporary membership for the duration of the course. See the "About" page for details of HSC membership options.

Training Dates and Times
Fridays 14th and 28th July (18.00 to 21.00), Saturdays 15th and 29th July and Sundays 16th and 30th July (09.00 to 16.00)

Note: Friday evenings are non-sailing.

Course Cost
The cost of the course is £200. This includes all necessary RYA course literature.

As dinghies are launched from a slipway and a capsize recovery is part of the course, getting wet is inevitable and as the water temperature in summer struggles to reach 12 degrees C you are strongly advised to wear a wetsuit or drysuit. Please note that HSC does not provide these. As a wetsuit does not provide warmth when not in the water you should also be in possession of a lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket or sailing oversuit to be worn when required. Suitable footwear should be worn eg, wetsuit boots or old trainers. Welly boots are not suitable and must not be worn.
Buoyancy aids will be provided for those not having their own. Manual/Automatic lifejackets are not suitable for dinghy sailing and must not be worn.
Please bring with you:

  • A packed lunch and snacks. Hot drinks will be provided.
  • A towel and complete set of dry clothes including shoes.
  • Sunscreen and a sunhat.
  • Any medicines, detailed on the Medical Consent form, in a named container that includes the dosage.