• Two Day RYA Level 1 dinghy sailing course
• Expert tuition from a qualified RYA senior instructor
• Learn all you need to get afloat under supervision
• Wayfarer dinghies are used for the course
• All equipment is provided including buoyancy aids (additional waterproofs can be provided if required)
• Packed lunch and tea/coffee is provided
• Evening meal on the first night
• RYA Logbook and certification on successful completion of the course
• Course content: Learn how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovery
• Two nights dinner, bed and breakfast in a former 1850's Cornmill, now a spacious Bed & Breakfast
• Accommodation in a single or twin room, equipped with TVs and the use of wireless broadband
What Can I Expect
How about a sailing course in Scotland? Aimed at absolute beginners, these two day courses will teach you the basics of sailing in a safe, controlled and very picturesque environment. You’ll be setting sail from the lovely Dumfries & Galloway southern coast, where the views are incredible and the coastline is rugged and just gorgeous, with little fishing villages dotted around.
These sailing lessons in Scotland use Wayfarer dinghies, which are a superb choice for those just starting out in sailing. They’re large enough to be comfortable for a whole family, but small enough to be easy to handle. They’re as stable out in the open seas as they are on inland waters and they make for a great day cruise boat once you’ve got the hang of sailing.
Your RYA senior instructor for these learn to sail courses in Scotland is Miles. He teaches many a water sport, but sailing is his first love. He’s had lots of yachting adventures on the high seas, including sailing solo across the notorious Bay of Biscay and continuing on to Barbados. But who needs those white sand beaches of the Caribbean when you’ve got Scotland’s stunning coastline to explore in your Wayfarer?
It really is rather lovely around these parts. We can highly recommend the full learn to sail package, which includes your two days of instruction out on the Scottish waters, plus two nights’ accommodation in the local village of Garlieston. The former village corn mill has been transformed into a delightful seaside bed and breakfast run by Miles and Katie. With a nautical and sailing theme, the en-suite rooms are large and comfortable.
Staying on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, you’ll enjoy hearty meals and the friendly, homely atmosphere. It’s a great way to spend a weekend, as you combine learning how to sail with a stay in an authentic Scottish coastal village, where the pace of life is slower and views simply mesmerising.
On successful completion of this two day sailing course in Scotland, you will be awarded the RYA (that’s the Royal Yachting Association) Level 1 sailing award. It’s recognised all over the country and it signifies that you are able to sail in light winds under supervision, setting you off on the path to becoming a very competent sailor.
• Weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Courses are subject to availability and weather conditions
• Minimum age 16
• Spectators are welcome, although due to the nature of this activity viewing is limited
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Courses take place at the Isle of Whithorn, one of the most southerly villages in Scotland (occasionally Garlieston, depending on weather conditions)
• Accommodation is in Garlieston, near Wigtown, approximately 7 miles away