The courses we offer at HLSTC are delivered in a way which ensures you progress steadily and safely, so that you thoroughly enjoy the learning process and gain confidence in the sports.

We hope that you become as passionate about these exhilarating sports as we are and we will work hard to guarantee that you enjoy the whole experience.

In order to get the best out of your experience with us there are a few points to note when booking, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

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Some courses require a certain level of competence or qualification before you can start them, so please take time to read through the descriptions of the schemes and individual courses. For the improver and higher level courses you should have completely mastered the skills taught in the previous level, a rough guide is about a season’s worth of practice in between. If you are just starting it’s fine to go straight from Level 1 to Level 2, in fact, this is the best way to make quick progress.

RYA courses each have a set syllabus and standards required to attain a certificate. Reaching the standard should be realistic within the timescale of each course but sometimes more time, input or practice may be required.

Please also note that the Youth Scheme is in ‘Stages’, the National Sailing Scheme (Adult Scheme) is in ‘Levels’: To sail independently, you will require Youth Stage 3 or Adult Level 2.  Our Youth beginner courses cover Stages 1 and 2 and most children should reach Stage 2 by the end of the week.  Our Youth Stage 3 and Adult Level 2 courses are aimed at those people who have achieved the previous level of qualification or equivalent experience.  Please remember this when booking.

The best advice is to start practising your new skills as soon as possible after the course, and there’s no better way than to join HLSTC as a Member. You don’t have to rush out and buy a dinghy… our annual DinghyPass lets you use the club dinghies whenever we are open. You need to reach level 2 before you’re on your own, but we offer generous discounts on our membership and members get discounts on courses!

What next…? Once you’ve reached level 2, and hopefully had a chance to practice the skills you learnt, why not look at completing one or more of the advanced modules. These courses each focus on the specific skills relating to a specific area of dinghy sailing.

Individual or private group courses can be arranged through the office. Weekdays or weekends are available for private tuition and the cost will vary depending on the activity and participants. Contact us for further details and costs for 1:1 or private group tuition.