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Neptune Sailing - Youth Groups 2022

No stopping now!
Photograph courtesy of Anthony Cullen

Tuesday group (Beginners)

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 childrenís 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.

Wednesday group (Improvers)

We will be aiming to consolidate RYA Stage 2 skills in the early sessions. RYA Stage 3 (and possibly Stage 4 in the case of very experienced sailors) will be covered, as appropriate. The Stage awarded will be dependent on the skills gained over the 12 weeks of the sessions. It should be noted that the Stages become more challenging as sailors progress.
The initial sessions are likely to involve Wayfarer dinghies, but the group will progress to Topper dinghies at an early stage. Some members of the group will move on to more challenging RS Feva dinghies for later sessions, dependent on their physical size and skills. These dinghies will be required to progress to Stage 4.


The fee for the 12 sessions will be £160. There will be 12 spaces on each evening. 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.