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Come and Learn to sail at Ballyhome Yacht Club

Summer Courses:

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

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 event below to enrol or for more information

Weekly Courses













  • Diver Coxswain assessment
    17th February 2018
    08:30 - 16:00

In the five-hour Diver Coxswain assessment you will be orally tested on your theory knowledge of boat safety equipment, what to do in an emergency, knots and rules of the road. You will be practically assessed on your skills covering: o    Voyage planning o    Boat preparation and safety o    Boat handling and manoeuvres o    Anchoring (more…)

  • 22nd February 2018
    19:00 - 21:00

On Thursday 22nd February, we will be hosting an Open Members Night when we would like to see all of our members – young and old – come down to the club and find out how they can get more involved. Nothing happens in the club – big or small, one-off or regular, – without (more…)

  • Compressor Operator SDC
    10th March 2018
    09:00 - 16:00

You will learn about the design and working parts of gas compressors, and the air quality that divers need and how to test for it. You will also learn about cylinder regulations and become competent at compressor operation and cylinder filling. The half-day course consists of four theory sessions, an open forum, and a practical session. (more…)

  • Practical Rescue Management
    11th March 2018
    08:30 - 17:00

On this one-day course you will learn to manage the resources at your disposal in order to make the most effective use of them in a rescue. There is a mixture of theory and practical sessions covering the rescue management process, including removing casualty to a point of safety, first aid priorities, summoning emergency services (more…)

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2- Graham Construction
    29th November 2018 - 30th 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.

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.


Adult dinghy courses are normally held on weekends or as a series of evening sessions – eg Adult Monday Night Course May – June. If you want to do a course in your own time, we can also organise this through Private Lessons.

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.

We also have a number of other opportunities on Friday Night Social Sailing and other times for members. Many of these require that you have already done Level 2.

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 contact or call 0771566549 if you have any questions. Please call the main office on 02891271467 or (Sandra) or (Helen).

If you have any concerns or a complaint regarding training at Ballyholme Yacht Club and you wish to talk to someone other than the Principal or the Chief Instructor, please contact the Commodore Mark Mackey on