Junior Dinghy Sailing RYA Stages 1 - 3

5 days

Age 9 - 14

A fun week with lots of time on the water. Young people follow the appropriate RYA youth syllabus, aimed at making each individual more competent and confident in singlehanded or double handed dinghies depending on the conditions.

Beginners often start with an Instructor on board and can quickly progress to independent sailing in singlehanded dinghies. Those joining the course with prior experience or certificates are encouraged to move onto the next level, progressing through the syllabus as far as they can. Those already holding RYA Stage 3 certificates should consider the 4 + course. Details of the Syllabus can be found in the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme logbook and a certificate will be issued when each level has been achieved in this progressive scheme.

These junior beginner courses run at the same time as the more advanced 4 + courses.

Many come for the fun and enjoyment of being on the water with friends and are not driven by need to gain qualifications.

Equipment and Kit Information

Junior Dinghy Sailing RYA Stages 1 - 3 - Kit Info

There is a wide range of dinghy sailing equipment at the Centre.

In our single handed fleet (one sailor/boat) we use the Laser Picos. These are super boats for beginners or advanced sailors as they provide progression in sailing skills and also encourage application of racing techniques. The sail can be reefed to suit the wind conditions and they are suitable for both junior and youth modules.

Our main group teaching boats where we generally have 1 instructor to 3 persons (depending on age and size) are the Laser Stratus and the RS Bahia’s. These are spacious boats with good stability and can be sailed with main and jib or for more advanced levels with the addition of the spinnaker. The boats can also be used for trapezing.

Also in our fleet we have the Dart 16’s. This is a catamaran and great fun to sail. Children can sail it with 3 – 4 onboard and older youth sailors would sail it 2 up. These boats are good for learning boat handling skills and providing the experience of acceleration through the power of sail and wind.

The boats you sail at Cumbrae will be selected by the instructors to suit the objectives of your course or tailored activity.

Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. A wetsuit, wetsuit boots, buoyancy aid and spray top is available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. In addition we would request you bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks. Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.

Daily Schedule

Junior Dinghy Sailing RYA Stages 1 - 3 - Schedule

On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.

Main timings of our day are:

Meals times. Breakfast: 0830hrs Lunch: 1230hrs Dinner: 1800hrs

All meals are served in the dining area.

Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs. Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.

Evenings will have some free time and there will be fun activities organised by our staff.

If you are a non-residential guest on these courses and coming from the mainland, the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you to the Centre in sufficient time.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not taking any course bookings at the moment. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact cumbraecentre@sportscotland.org.uk

Booking Options

Non residential price includes instruction, hire of wetsuits, buoyancy aids, equipment and lunches.

Residential price includes instruction, hire of wetsuits, buoyancy aids, equipment and full board accommodation.

Evenings will have activities led by our instructors and also provide time to spend with new friends.

Please note once your booking has been made, you will receive a blank consent form from our office team. The Centre MUST receive a completed consent form for each student 2 weeks prior to arrival for their course. Failure to return form will result in in students being refused permission to undertake any activity until a completed form has been obtained.

Special Offer: Booking for more than 1 child. Each additional child will receive a 10% discount on the course price. This discount is only available by calling the office to book - it is not available online. Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

** Please note: the price shown is non-residential, please use the ‘extras’ section below to book accommodation **

Date Price Quantity
13 Jul 20 - 17 Jul 20 £270 -
27 Jul 20 - 31 Jul 20 £270 -
03 Aug 20 - 07 Aug 20 £270 -


Name Price Quantity
Residential Package - 4 nights fullboard Monday - Friday £115 -