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      
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 

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)