RYA Start Sailing (Level 1)

2 days

Age 16+

Our Instructors will introduce you to the fun sport of sailing using a mix of dinghies from 2-3 persons per boat with an instructor, to going solo. You will be in close proximity to the beach and centre with safety cover at all times. You will need to wear a wetsuit, wetsuit boots, spray top and a buoyancy aid, all of which is provided for you. There will be breaks ashore and a nice hot lunch on offer each day.

You can follow on from this course with the two day Basic Skills (Level 2) course.

Learn the essentials to getting going with green energy - sail power.

Recommended Reading

National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook
RYA Start Sailing – Beginners Handbook

Equipment and Kit Information

RYA Start Sailing (Level 1) - 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 children and adults.

Our other 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 adults would sail it with 2 people. 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

RYA Start Sailing (Level 1) - 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

Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & 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.

Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre arranged.

If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.


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

1 Night full board accommodation included.

No places left? We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
08 Aug 20 - 09 Aug 20 £229 -


Name Price Quantity
Accommodation Friday night £31 -