RYA Adult Dinghy Courses at Ballyholme Yacht Club

Learn to sail with Ballyholme Yacht Club and our RYA Adult Dinghy courses for 16 – 80 year olds. Choose from weekend or weekly courses. You can book as many courses as you like to build up confidence over the summer. Over a series of three courses, you can progress from Beginner to learning how to Start Racing – we would recommend that you plan to get practice sailing between the courses as well. 

Most courses feature Laser Picos which are single-handed and Laser Bahias where you sail with someone else (often an instructor when you’re starting). 

Weekend Courses:        
         
Beginner Dates Link Members Visitors
RYA Adult L1 – May 5th – 6th May RYA Adult Level 1 £110.00 £120.00
RYA Adult L1 – June 2nd – 3rd June      
RYA Adult L1 – June/July 30th June – 1st July      
RYA Adult L1 – July 14th – 15th July      
         
Improver        
Adult L2 – May 12th – 13th May RYA Adult L2 £110.00 £120.00
Adult L2 – June 9th – 10th June  RYA Adult L2  £110.00  £120.00
         
Start Racing        
RYA Start Racing – May 26th – 27th May RYA Adult Start Racing £100.00 £120.00
RYA Start Racing – Aug 18th – 19th August      

More information about RYA Courses can be found here or please ask us if you have any questions. 

Private Lessons are also available if the dates below don’t suit. Ask for more information

Click on the relevant course for more details from the RYA Website

 

Until now, there has been little interest in Level 3 and Advanced Courses although the skills can be taught during Private Lessons. Please talk to our Training Manager or the BYC Office if you are interested in any of the more advanced courses.

 

Click on Category – Training 

Event Phone: 028 9127 1467


  • Week 4
    28th May 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 5
    4th June 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 6
    11th June 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 7
    18th June 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 8
    25th June 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 9
    2nd July 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 10
    9th July 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 11
    16th July 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 12
    23rd July 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 13
    30th July 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 14
    6th August 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 15
    13th August 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 16
    20th August 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 17
    27th August 2018
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 18
    3rd September 2018
    18:30 - 20:00

Ballyholme Seals Ballyholme Yacht Club will be hosting Open Water Swimming again this summer in association with members of the Eddie Skelly Memorial Swim and Bangor Swimming Club. Many triathletes use the swims as part of their training. We cater for all abilities, however you must be aged 16+ or have written permission from your (more…)


  • Session 2 - Day 1/4
    29th May 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • Session 2 - Day 2/4
    5th June 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • Session 2 - Day 3/4
    12th June 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • Session 2 - Day 4/4
    19th June 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • Session 3 - Day 1/4
    26th June 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • Session 3 - Day 2/4
    3rd July 2018
    18:30 - 21:00
  • Session 3 - Day 3/4
    10th July 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • Session 3 - Day 4/4
    17th July 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • Session 4 - Day 1/4
    24th July 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • Session 4 - Day 2/4
    31st July 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • Session 4 - Day 3/4
    7th August 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • Session 4 - Day 4/4
    14th August 2018
    18:30 - 21:30

New to sailing?  Female?  Then this course is for you. WOW is designed specifically for novice sailors. It starts at 6:30pm on Tuesdays and finishes by 9pm.  No prior knowledge is assumed and it is conducted in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Session 1- 1st May – 22nd May Session 2- 29th May – 19th June (more…)


  • D&S June 1st
    1st June 2018
    18:00 - 20:00
  • D&S June 8th
    8th June 2018
    18:00 - 20:00
  • D&S June 15th
    15th June 2018
    18:00 - 20:00

Dolphins & Sharks 2018 This year, it all kicks off on Friday, April 13th.  All interested parents should come along at 7pm to learn more about how the programme will run this year.  Heidi, Shelley and other cadet parents will explain how the registration process works, what’s involved of the parent helpers each evening and (more…)


  • Friday Night (Adult) Sailing
    1st June 2018
    18:30 - 20:30
  • Friday Night (Adult) Sailing
    8th June 2018
    18:30 - 20:30
  • Friday Night (Adult) Sailing
    15th June 2018
    18:30 - 20:30
  • Friday Night (Adult) Sailing
    22nd June 2018
    18:30 - 20:30
  • Friday Night (Adult) Sailing
    29th June 2018
    18:30 - 20:30

Friday Night (Adult) Sailing returns this summer running for May and June to start with. The first evening will be Friday 4th May starting at 6:30pm. Friday Night (Adult) Sailing is aimed at BYC members over 16 who are looking to improve their sailing skills or just get more time on the water. You should (more…)


  • RYA Adult L1 - June
    2nd June 2018 - 3rd June 2018
    09:30 - 16:30
  • RYA Adult L1 - June/July
    30th June 2018 - 1st July 2018
    09:30 - 16:30
  • RYA Adult L1 - July
    14th July 2018 - 15th July 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

Adult beginner sailing courses The scheme is comprised of a series of two-day sailing courses enabling you to progress quickly from beginner to expert in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment. Each of our courses are taken in Laser Pico’s and Laser Bahias. RYA Level 1 Introducing you sailing with all you need to know to (more…)


  • 9th & 10th June
    9th June 2018 - 10th June 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 11th & 12th August
    11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:00

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.


  • Adult L2 - June
    9th June 2018 - 10th June 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

RYA Adult Improver’s Sailing Course A two-day course enabling you to progress quickly from your beginner Level 1 course and setting out the foundations of sailing for you. Carried out in Laser Picos and Laser Bahias with RYA Dinghy Instructors. Assumed knowledge – Sailing skills to the standard of RYA Level 1 Minimum age – (more…)


  • Family Course - Level 1 - June
    16th June 2018 - 17th June 2018
    09:30 - 16:30
  • Family Course - Level 1 - Aug
    11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
    08:30 - 16:30

This weekend course is the perfect opportunity for the family to learn a new skill together. It aims to teach and develop the basic sailing abilities such as rigging, tacking, launching and landing, as well as theory such as wind understanding and knots. This course is best suited for families with children aged 10 and (more…)


  • 23rd & 24th June
    23rd June 2018 - 24th June 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 21st & 22nd July
    21st July 2018 - 22nd July 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 18th & 19th August
    18th August 2018 - 19th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 25th & 26th August
    25th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 29th & 30th September
    29th September 2018 - 30th September 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 27th & 28th October
    27th October 2018 - 28th October 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 24th & 25th November
    24th November 2018 - 25th November 2018
    09:30 - 17:00

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.


  • RYA Youth Sailing - Level 1&2
    2nd July 2018 - 6th July 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

This course provide an introduction to sailing for anyone aged 8 yrs upwards. No prior knowledge is necessary for Stage 1.  You will learn to launch and recover small craft, to identify parts of the boat, to steer and basic sailing skills.  You will have the ability to steer and understand basic principles at the (more…)

All of our Adult Dinghy courses are based on the RYA syllabus with fully trained RYA Instructors in our fleet of Laser Bahias, Picos and RS Fevas. You can also use your own boat if you wish.

Once you have built up some confidence and completed Level 2, You can hire club Picos on Friday Night (Adult) Sailing or other times when rescue is out. Unfortunately dinghy hire is only available to members but you can join today and get 50% discount for your first year. Get more information here, or ask the office for more details.

KIT LIST Please bring the following with you:

  • warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body
  • hoodie, booties, gloves – all neoprene if you have them
  • waterproof, wetsuit and buoyancy aid if you have them (otherwise provided by BYC)
  • a complete change of clothes
  • towel
  • plastic bin bag for wet clothes
  • long hair must be tied back
  • minimal jewellery
  • MEDICATION (inhalers etc.)

Please call the main office on 02891271467 or office@ballyholme.com (Sandra)