Adult Training

Learn to sail at Staunton Harold Sailing Club

Learn to sail at Staunton Harold Sailing Club

At Staunton Harold Sailing Club, adult training courses are designed with the complete beginner in mind and make an ideal introduction to the world of dinghy sailing.

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We teach Levels 1 & 2 of the RYA National Sailing Scheme in an interesting and enjoyable programme of theoretical and practical instruction. On completion of the course, the successful sailor will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing without instruction in light winds.

We have options to learn in either double or single handed boats. Some participants prefer to go ‘solo’ as early as possible and so choose the single handed option. Others prefer a more leisurely introduction to sailing and so choose the double-handed option where there is another student plus instructor in the boat in the early days of the course (you don’t need to provide the additional student – we mix and match during the course).  Moving between the two boats post-course is relatively straightforward, so don’t worry if your preferred option is fully booked. And we will help you with that transition if needed.

The Detail:

“What will I be doing and what do I need to bring?”


Our double-handed sailing courses are taught in RS Visions – large double-handed dinghies ideally suited for training.  Towards the end of every course, we try to incorporate a ‘try a boat’ session during which you may be introduced to other classes of dinghy, including the Laser Pico and Topper.

Our single-handed sailing courses are taught primarily in Laser Picos – small, single-handed dinghies popular with beginners.

Buoyancy aids, wetsuits and spray tops are provided. Sensible ‘old’ clothes, including closed-toe footwear, should be worn while sailing, bearing in mind the possibility of getting wet. A change of clothing and a towel is essential!

Successful completion of the Level 2 certificate also allows club members to hire club boats. We have a high number of boats across a number of classes and are able to offer an ‘annual hire’ option at an attractive rate to members. Therefore there is no need to rush out and buy a boat to continue sailing post-course.

We also offer adult improver training sessions to continue your progression plus opportunities with our fleet captains.

Course Dates:


Course Fees:

  • 2023 prices  – £220 plus course membership fee (£90 individual) for non-members
  • The course membership fee allows for sailing for a time after the course to enable skills to be consolidated  The AS_A & AD_A courses have course membership to the end of July 2023. The AS_B course has club membership until the end of December 2023. Club boat hire is possible during this time if Level 2 has been achieved.

These courses are aimed at people aged 16 years and over. If you are under 16 years of age, please either go to the junior training section or contact Paul Munro for further guidance.

Book a Course

To book online please follow the steps below…

Step 0 – Check that a ticket is available for the course you are interested in – this can be found at the bottom of this page.

Step 1 – Complete this booking form. Once submitted please return to this page to complete Step 2.

Step 2 – Please scroll to the very bottom of this page, press the “+” button to create a ticket, click “get tickets” and then “checkout now”. If you are an existing SHSC member then please enter trainingmemberadult2023 to obtain your ‘course membership’ discount.

Please email  Paul Munro if you prefer to book offline.

If you have any questions please email: and we’ll happily answer them for you.

Happy sailing.


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