Youth Training


Sutton Bingham Sailing Club is a great place to learn to sail – or sail better.  We are an RYA Recognised Training Centre and for many years we have been running a popular programme of Youth sailing courses for young people aged 8-15 at all ability levels from complete beginners to potential Olympic stars who want to get into Racing.  We have a large fleet of single and double-handed dinghies and our experienced Instructors make the courses safe and fun.  The courses are held over three days -Wednesday to Friday – throughout the school holidays and are open to members of the Club and non members.   All courses are open to members and non members of the Sailing Club.

Courses 2024

We run RYA youth sailing courses for RYA stages 1,2,3 and 4, Start racing and Sailing with Spinnakers for ages 8-16. We can also offer Intermediate Racing.

We use Optimists, RS Tera’s, RS Feva’s, Laser Pico’s and Lasers for our training.

Dates – While the course you are interested in might not available, please get in touch as we run a waiting list and we also sometimes have some flexibility

DATES 2024

3rd to 5th April (Easter) – no stage 1 available for this date
29th May to 31st May (Whitsun)
17th to 19th July
24th to 26th July
31st July to 2nd August 
7th to 9th August 
14th to 16th August
21st to 23rd August
28th to 30th August


Course Costs 2023

Course fee is £230

The course cost includes 3 boat hire tokens to be used during the year following your course.  Also buoyancy aid use & lunch.

Membership runs for a calendar year (either for a cadet or see our family membership option). We accept non-members

Hot lunches can be provided at a cost of £15 for the duration of the course


Please use the form at the bottom of the page to make an enquiry for booking course places. All enquiries will be dealt with as soon as possible. You will receive confirmation from the booking manager if you are successful in your request along with details of how to make payment for the courses selected.

Courses we offer

We run the following youth courses. Once you have passed one stage participants can advance on to working towards the following stage. The prior course needs to have been passed before signing up onto the next stage. If no courses have been previously taken then please make an enquiry for a suitable course.

We will run a combined Stage 1 and 2 course for older participants 13 – 16 years as it was very successful last year. We also will run a Stage 1 in Tera’s.

If you have any queries then please feel free to email the Training team.

Beginner courses

RYA Stage 1

Age: 8- 11 (please enquire if older as we will run courses for older participants)

Dinghy: Optimist

Course content:Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing.

Ability after the course: Able to steer and understand basic principles.

RYA Stage 2

Age: 8-16

Dinghy: RS Tera

Course content: Basic sailing skills, ropework, collision avoidance

Ability after the course: Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles.

Intermediate Courses

RYA Stage 3

Age: 9-16

Dinghy: RS Tera/ Laser Pico

Course content: Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory

Ability after the course: Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

RYA Stage 4

Age: 11-16

Dinghy: RS Feva

Course content: Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard.

Ability after the course: Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

Advanced Courses

RYA Start racing

Age: 10-16

Dinghy: RS Tera/ RS Feva/ Laser Pico

Course content: All the skills required to start club racing, including how to maximise boat speed and outwit your opponents.

Ability after course: Able to take part in club racing in good conditions.

RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

Age: 11-16

Dinghy: RS Feva

Course content:How to rig the boat, gybe and recover one type of spinnaker, either conventional or asymmetric. How to sail the best possible course downwind.

Ability after course: Able to use one type of spinnaker, conventional or asymmetric.

Intermediate racing




10am Arrival and Sign in

4pm Sign out and Departure

What’s included

Buoyancy aid

What you need:


Closed toe shoes that can get wet

Suncream and hat

Wet weather clothes incase of inclement weather

Wetsuit or old clothes that can get wet (no jeans)

Change of clothes

We look forward to meeting you on one of our courses.

Any queries should be directed to our Bookings Manager :4