Sailing for children


At Cobnor Activities Centre, we are dedicated to providing excellent sailing tuition for both young people and adults. You can either book onto a course following the syllabus of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) or we can arrange fun taster sessions, trips around Chichester Harbour and more...

With an excellent sailing area and fleet of boats, our experienced and qualified outdoor activity instructors will certainly maximise your confidence and improve your ability on the water.


Using our fleet of Laser Picos, RS Fevas, Wayfarer and Bosun Dinghies our qualified and experienced instructors will certainly maximise your confidence and improve your ability on the water.

See logbook G11 for details of RYA Syllabus (available to purchase at the Centre)

For all available course dates please click 'Select an Activity' then click 'Sailing'


Age: 8 - 13

Cost: £170

Pre-requisite: None

By the end of this two day introductory course you will have the basic understanding of how a boat sails, and some experience of steering and handling a boat.
This course will use our Laser Picos dinghies allowing supervised, structured learning in a very safe environment.
G11 Logbook included.


Age: 9 - 16

Cost: £170

Pre-requisite: Stage 1

By the end of this two day course you will have a range of sailing skills and background knowledge. You will be well on the way to becoming a confident small boat sailor.
This course will use Laser PIcos progressing to more independent sailing, depending on weather conditions.


Age: 10 - 16

Cost: £170

Pre-requisite: Stage 2

Stage 3 is a two day course and is equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme. Having completed Stage 3, you will be able to sail in any direction and rig and launch your boat. Your skills and knowledge mean that you can regard yourself as a sailor, not a beginner. 


Age Range:
10 to 16

Cost: £170

09:00 to 17:00

Stage 3

A Stage 4 certificate means that you have the skills to sail a double-handed dinghy as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems whilst afloat. Passing this course is the natural entry point for the advanced courses in the National Sailing Scheme.

Improver Days

Age: 10 - 16

Cost: £170

Pre-requisite: Stage 2

Improver days were new to Cobnor in 2012 and proved very popular they are designed for young people who have completed at least Stage 2 to improve their skills.
Once the basics of how to sail have been understood during the Beginner Stages (Stage 1 & 2) the next step is to build upon these skills to become a confident sailor.
The improver days are two day courses aimed at those people working towards their RYA Youth Scheme Stage 3 & 4, progress will be tracked through the use of individual’s logbooks, so ensure you bring this along so you can set personal goals to improve.


Once RYA Youth Scheme Stage 4 has been completed there are a series of advanced modules to complete, all designed to improve your knowledge and ability.

Both of our advanced courses run on demand so contact us if you are interested.

RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

On Completion the successful sailor will understand how to sail a dinghy rigged with asymmetric or symmetric spinnaker.
This course will use Wayfarers or RS Fevas.

RYA Seamanship Course

This course will teach how to manoeuvre a dinghy in a seamanlike manner making seamanship decisions in moderate conditions using skills such as anchoring, backwards and rudderless sailing.