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Neptune Sailing - Youth Groups 2023

No stopping now!
Photograph courtesy of Anthony Cullen

Free sessions available

To encourage children to try sailing, we are offering the first two sessions of our season for free. This will encourage children to try sailing first, and then make the decision to continue, or not, after gaining some experience. There will be 12 spaces on each evening with just 6 sailors needed to form a group. We have kept our fees at an affordable level to help parents.

Tuesday group (Beginners)

Children will need to be at least in Year 6 (10 years of age) to join this group. The age range is likely to be in the 10 to 12 years age range, though older children are very welcome to join the group.
We will be aiming to cover the RYA syllabuses for Stages 1 & 2. The Stage awarded will be dependent on the skills gained over the 12 weeks of the sessions.
The initial sessions will use our Wayfarer dinghies, with an instructor aboard. This enables us to develop children’s confidence on the water, and to build the good habits needed for single-handed dinghies. We will move on to use Topper dinghies, with reduced sail sizes, as the course progresses, so children will need to be sure that they will be of a size which enables them to handle the dinghy, either alone or with a partner in the early stages.


The fee for the 10 sessions will be £90, which may be paid in two half-season amounts. Any children joining at a later stage may be offered a reduced fee, based on the number of sessions remaining.

About the Youth Groups

Neptune Youth Group is run by volunteers with the aim of developing members' skills and improving their understanding of sailing.
Young people often join us with little or no experience of sailing and frequently stay with us for a number of years. We have two different groups, aimed at Beginner and Improver of the RYA schemes.
Those with some experience are encouraged to join the group working towards their current personal level (eg. those holding inland Stage 1/2 should join the Improver group). This enables them to adjust to the demands of sailing on tidal waters.
We actively encourage members' parents to get involved by offering parents' training sessions for those interested in sailing. Many have trained as support boat drivers.