RYA Performance Sailing Course in Poole

RYA Performance Sailing Course in Poole

£ 205

Poole, Dorset

Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 13
Poole, Dorset
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
Minimum booking size: 1
£ 205

Activity Highlights:

The RYA Performance Sailing Course is designed for sailors aged 13 and above who are eager to enhance their boat handling skills and build confidence in performance dinghies. This course offers a thrilling opportunity to develop advanced sailing abilities, making it an essential step for those aspiring to progress to the RYA Dinghy Instructor Course.

Key Details

  • Course Length: 2 consecutive days, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Price: £205
  • Age Requirement: 13+

Course Breakdown

Participants will focus on improving their boat handling and gaining confidence in high-performance dinghies, including two-person boats with spinnakers like Laser 2000s, Hartley 15s, and Laser 1s.

We will cover:

  • Advanced boat handling techniques
  • Improved confidence in handling performance dinghies
  • Mastery of two-person boats with spinnakers
  • Effective handling of Laser 2000s, Hartley 15s, and Laser 1s
  • Enhanced sailing abilities for competitive and high-performance scenarios
  • Skills development for those aspiring to become RYA Dinghy Instructors

Over the course of two days, students will engage in challenging and exhilarating sailing sessions, honing their skills in handling performance dinghies.


Participants must be at least 13 years old to enroll in this course. You must have prior sailing experience as this is an advanced sailing course.

Why Choose Us?

Our program not only offers top-notch instruction but also provides an exclusive discount through our partnership with Decathlon, ensuring students have access to affordable, high-quality sailing gear. Join us for an exhilarating journey towards mastering performance dinghies and advancing your sailing skills.

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What's Included:

  • Expert instruction.
  • Use of buoyancy aids and other sailing equipment.
  • Availability of waterproof jackets and trousers (in case of inclement weather).

What's Not Included:

  • Students should refer to the provided kit list for recommendations on clothing and equipment to bring for the course. This will be provided upon booking.
  • Accommodation, transportation, food and drinks.


Suitable for Events
Car parking available
Storage locker
Changing rooms available
Showers Available
Lunch available on-site
Free Wi-Fi

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is open to expereinced sailors ages 13+ who are eager to take their sailing skills to the next level.

With the RYA Performance Sailing certification, you’ll be well-equipped to take your sailing skills to the next level. This qualification opens doors to competitive racing, advanced sailing endeavors, and even the pathway to becoming an RYA Dinghy Instructor. Whether you aspire to win races or simply want to enjoy the thrill of high-performance dinghy sailing, this certification will give you the confidence and expertise to excel in various sailing scenarios, making it a valuable asset for any sailing enthusiast.

Unfortunately not. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks.

Absolutely! You can view and book our full range of courses at the bottom of this page.

Buoyancy aids and waterproofs are provided. You will, however, need plenty of old clothes – as sailing can be a damp sport! Bring shorts and tee shirts for warmer days and tracksuit bottoms and sweatshirts for colder days. A pair of old trainers or wetsuit shoes is also recommended. We can provide a more detailed kit list upon booking, too.

Our centre is fully equipped with first aid boxes located in the residential accommodation and sailing centre offices. All our main safety boats carry a first aid kit and a radio. All our instructors hold a valid First Aid certificate and attend a health and safety induction when joining the company.

We guarantee to give you the training and do our very best to help you pass the training and assessments. Most of the certificates depend on you demonstrating your competence, so we can’t give you a firm guarantee that you will pass. However, if the worst comes to the worst, you’ll leave us with an action plan to complete.

Extras / Options

This serves as the official syllabus and logbook for individuals learning to sail dinghies, keelboats, and multihulls as part of the RYA National Sailing Scheme. In this fifth edition, updates have been incorporated to encompass the RYA’s newly introduced Racing syllabus.

For those progressing through the RYA National Sailing Scheme, spanning from Start Sailing to Championship Racing, this publication is indispensable. It stands as the world’s premier small-boat sailing program, with an annual participation of over 80,000 individuals in the various offered courses.

The RYA’s well-established training methods are globally renowned, and this book serves as an invaluable resource to boost your confidence and expand your knowledge. This latest edition features a brand-new layout with larger and more detailed illustrations designed to enhance the learning experience.

This book is an excellent learning and reference companion, containing crucial information for taking to the water, regardless of age.

Each chapter provides a comprehensive overview of key aspects crucial to mastering the sport, including:

  • Setting up your boat
  • Taking to the water
  • Foundational skills
  • Tacking and Gybing
  • Departing and returning to shore

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts