Sailing Courses for Adults

The RYA National Sailing Scheme for adults (16 years+)
has been developed to enable participants to get the most from the sport.
Level 1, Start Sailing, introduces the basic skills.
Level 2 builds on these skills and introduces the essential elements of good sailing.
Level 3 (Better Sailing) takes you further and turn you into a fully-fledged dinghy sailor.

For adults, we offer only weekend courses (non-residential)
although individual or group tuition can be arranged at other times (subject to a minimum charge of £110 a 3-hour session).
One weekend will advance you one Level, however we recommend that you get extra practice before moving from one Level to the next. This can be done through our supervised practice sessions (q.v.) if desired.

We will take up to six pupils on each course, but normally require a minimum of three people for a course to run.  Each course is run by a fully RYA-qualified Instructor, with a safety boat in attendance.

Depending on the numbers, age, size, competence and confidence of the pupils, the courses will use any or all of:

a) Toppers – probably the best beginner singlehander dinghy for the lighter adult

b) Topaz dinghies (a singlehander dinghy especially suited for teaching)

c) Wayfarers – large dinghies that can take up to two adults with an Instructor on board as well,
or three adults with the Instructor in a powerboat coaching..
(Wayfarers are also used frequently for the first sessions of a Level 1 course)

Dates – see this year’s Programme

All courses are arranged in response to demand and appear on the programme only when they have been arranged.


Adult 2-day, non-residential, courses
9.00 am till 5.30 pm for two days

Level 1:
£181 per person per course

Level 2:
£182 per person per course

Level 3:
£183 per person per course

Note: it is advisable to gain some additional experience (say, at least 5 days under varied conditions) before moving from Level 1 to Level 2, and again (typically a season or regular sailing) before going on from Level 2 to Level 3 and the Advanced modules. This can be done through our supervised practice sessions (q.v.) if desired.

To book any session, ring the Centre (01692 536411) and tell them which dates you would prefer.
Course capacity is limited, but if we cannot fit you in on the date you want, we can try to arrange another day.
If necessary we will arrange tuition sessions especially for you, but we will charge our private tuition rates of £200 per day.  
A booking form can be downloaded from

Barton Turf Adventure Centre is an RYA Recognised Training Centre operating from Barton Turf, Norfolk and teaching practical courses on Barton Broad and contiguous waters. Qualifications gained are based on assessed competence, not merely attendance. Practical sailing course are taught on the basis of one Instructor per 9 students maximum (in accordance with RYA standards) although 1:6 is more normal. If you have a logbook to record you achievements and experience, please bring it to the course; if not, one will be provided as part of the course. Other training materials may be available at extra cost.

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