Dinghy Training

Chichester Yacht Club is a RYA Recognised Training Centre. We offer RYA courses for junior beginners and improvers. These courses are offered to members and non-members. We can also arrange non-certificated training for members as individuals or small groups.

For complete beginners starting to sail, our entry level courses include classroom-based theory as well as practical on-the-water experience.

Adult beginners can either follow a formal course leading to an RYA qualification, or join our beginner training sessions. Children aged 8 and over start with RYA Stages 1 and 2, then Stage 3.

Instructors for our RYA courses are all qualified by the RYA, under the supervision of a Senior Instructor; all are also First Aid and Powerboat qualified. Safety boats provide cover for all on-water courses.

After learning the basics, both adults and youngsters can follow our Club pathway for further skills development. Adult Training will develop the confidence to enjoy sailing in the harbour, either alone or in company. For those interested in competition, Race Coaching sessions are available, from basic race skills to advanced techniques. These are not formal courses, and activities are tailored to meet the needs of the group.

There is Optimist Coaching for smaller children and Youth Coaching for the teenagers, both aimed at developing boat handling skills, and competitive racing for those who want it. Parents are asked to help with the running of these courses. Some of our youngsters have joined RYA Squad Training or the Keelboat Academy, aimed at developing the most talented young sailors. Time on the Water and Midweek Sailors are informal, occasional sessions with a safety boat and coach – just to get afloat and have fun for a couple of hours.

Experienced sailors can qualify as Dinghy Instructors and Race Coaches, and many remain at the club to teach others.

There are regular training and coaching sessions for Club members, both adults and juniors. The Club has a fleet of over 20 dinghies available for hire by Club members: Optimists, Toppers, Fevas, Lasers, 2000, GP14 and Argos.

For comprehensive information on our Training and Coaching Programme for 2019, please click here.


RYA Start sailing

Optimist Training

Youth Training

Time on the Water

Midweek Sailors

Adult Coaching



Chichester Yacht Club also offers courses in Race Management, Powerboat skills and First Aid.