RYA National Sailing Scheme

Sailing is a fantastic and very diverse sport or past-time.  There are sailing activities that should appeal to everyone whether you are a competitor, explorer or just looking for a fun new challenge. The RYA National Sailing Scheme is aimed at older participants from 16+ but can be taken by younger people too. Both of the RYA schemes teach you the same skills but the National Sailing Scheme does it in less time so may be too much of a challenge for younger participants we’d therefore recommend the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme for 8 to 16 year olds.

It is recommended that participants in the RYA National Sailing Scheme Courses purchase the following books



The G4 National Sailing Scheme logbook is used to track each element that needs to be achieved for each level and shows your progress through the scheme. It is yours to keep and can be taken to any RYA accredited training centre running the RYA National Sailing Scheme to continue through the scheme.

PDSSA can purchase these for you and add the cost to the price of any bookings but please let us know at least 2 weeks before your course, Email us or use the Contact Us form with your order stating the book reference, full title and price as shown in the RYA Book Shop. Where possible we will try to amalgamate orders to reduce the postage costs, a share of which will also be added to your purchase.

National Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing – Dinghy Level 1

Introduction to the sport of sailing. Covers all you need to know to get afloat under supervision.

  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Minimum duration: 2 days (or equivalent sessions)
  •  Minimum age: None (although under 16s may prefer to learn through the Youth Sailing Scheme)
  •  Course cocntent: How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering
  •  Ability after course: Able to sail in light winds under supervision
More Details and Course Dates

National Sailing Scheme – Basic Skills – Dinghy Level 2

A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat.

  • Assumed Knowledge: Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1
  • Minimum duration: 2 days (or equivalent sessions)
  • Minimum age: None (although under 16s may prefer to learn through the Youth Sailing Scheme)
  • Course content: Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge
  • Ability after course: Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions

National Sailing Scheme – Better Sailing – Dinghy Level 3

Consolidating skills and trying new ones

  • Assumed Knowledge: Sailing skills to the standard of Level 2
  • Minimum duration: 2 days (or equivalent sessions)
  •  Minimum age: None (although under 16s may prefer to learn through the Youth Sailing Scheme)
  •  Course content: Further coaching to consolidate Level 1 and 2 skills and taster sessions from the advanced modules
  •  Ability after course: More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules
More Details and Course Dates

Course Dates

Date/Time Event Book
23/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RYA Adult Level 1 sailing course - over two of the 5 days
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon
23/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RYA Adult Level 2 sailing course - 2 of the 5 days
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon
23/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RYA Youth Stage 1 course - over 2 of the 5 days
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon
23/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RYA Youth Stage 2 - over two of the five days
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon
14/11/2017 - 15/11/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Powerboat Level 2
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon
12/12/2017 - 13/12/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Powerboat Level 2
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon
17/04/2018 - 18/04/2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RYA Adult Level 1 sailing course
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon
17/04/2018 - 18/04/2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RYA Adult Level 2 sailing course
Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association, Plymouth Devon