Sailing for Children

Our sailing weeks are great for children that are keen to get on the water for a jam-packed week of sailing fun.  During the weeks there will be day sails throughout Chichester Harbour, exciting group sailing challenges and more.  

These week courses offer an informal week of sailing, but we will aim to cover some of the the RYA syllabus. If they wish to log their progress, please ensure that they bring their Log Books along. If they are new to sailing and coming on the beginner week the centre will provide them with a log book. 

Non-Residential Sailing Week for Beginners 

No prior sailing experience required - however it's recommend that children try the RYA Youth Stage 1 course (two days) if they are on the fence as this is a to check that a weeks sailing is for them. 

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.

Non-Residential Sailing Week for Improvers

This course is for the young sailors wanting to step up their sailing skills and is suitable for children with their RYA Youth Stages 2 and up. During this week there will be day sails throughout Chichester Harbour, exciting group sailing challenges for the improver levels and more. This course is an informal week of sailing but will be aiming to cover sailing syllabus for RYA Stage 3 and, depending on progression, the RYA Stage 4 level.

Outline of a typical day timings and sailing activity 

9:15 – 09:30 - Arrive at the centre to sign in for your course.
9:30 – 12:30 – Hellos & Welcomes - meet your instructor & group introductions
12:30 - 13:30 - Break for lunch – please bring a packed lunch and extra yummy snacks and drinks with you
13:30 -15:00* - Afternoon sessions begin
15:00 – 15:15 - Quick break
15:15-16:00 - Afternoon session continues
16:00 -16:30 - De-rig, get changed and de-brief
16:30 - Parents collect

Please bring a packed lunch each day and your RYA Sailing Scheme Log Book. Wetsuits, waterproof tops and buoyancy aids will be provided by the centre.

Teens Residential Sailing Week 

Enjoy a week of dedicated sailing tuition in a range of boats with continuous tuition from Cobnor's best instructors. This will include trips in Chichester Harbour, beach BBQ's and much more …..

This residential week is for teenagers who wishes to experience dedicated sailing tuition should look here. This intensive week of sailing will allow participants to progress their skills following the RYA syllabus in both single and double handed boats by receiving excellent tuition from Cobnor's best instructors. If the teenager has not sailed before, we strongly recommend that they complete at least their RYA Stage 1 (two day course) prior to attending. This is because it is an intensive week and the teens attending need to firstly know that they like sailing and secondly to have a bit of foundation knowledge before committing to a full sailing week. 

All food and accommodation in one of Cobnor's residential buildings is included for the Senior Camp. 

Interest and prior sailing experience is strongly recommended for young people attending this course. All food and accommodation in one of Cobnor's residential buildings is included for the Senior Camp. Interest and prior sailing experience is recommended for young people attending this course. 

Advanced Courses 

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.

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. Or you could really get shifting and do a whole week, with the option of a non residential sailing week.

Private 1:1 Sailing Tuition

  • Summer price (April-September) £250.00 for a full day (09:00-16:30) 
  • Summer price (April-September) £190.00 for a half day (09:30-12:30 or 13:30-16:30) 
  • Winter price (October-March) £125.00 for a full day (09:00-16:30) 

Children Family and Group Sailing courses 

We can can arrange a private RYA sailing course ( Youth Sailing Scheme) to suit your level of sailing for families and friendship groups a minimum group of 4 to six or twelve. Learn together and develop your sailing skills with a dedicated sailing instructor. This unique option is a favourite for friends, couples and families. Please contact sail@cobnor.com to check availability. 

Private two day family and group courses can be booked for £720.00 for up to 4 people. The RYA Youth Stage courses comprise of two days sailing (09:00-16:30 each day). Additional children can be booked on for £180.00pp. 

If you would like dedicated sailing instruction from one of our qualified instructors, please contact sail@cobnor.com to check availability and let us know what you would like to get out of the session. 

  • RYA Youth Stage 1

    Age: 8 - 13 (ages for this course are a guideline) Cost: £180.00ppPre-requisites needed: None   By the end of this three 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 allow supervised, structured learning in a very safe environment and includes an additional coaching day to consolidate skills. We are offering and additional day of training and coaching to consolidate your new skills. G11 Logbook included. Book Now
  • RYA Youth Stage 2

    Age: 8 - 15 (ages for this course are a guideline) Cost: £180.00 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 allow you to progressing to more independent sailing, depending on weather conditions. We advise everyone participating in RYA courses to have their own logbook. This will give you the opportunity to track progress and record your sailing experience. If you do not have a logbook, you will be able to purchase one from the Centre.  Book Now
  • RYA Youth Stage 3

    Age: 9 - 15 (ages for this course are a guideline) Cost: £180.00. 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. We advise everyone participating in RYA courses to have their own logbook. This will give you the opportunity to track progress and record your sailing experience. If you do not have a logbook, you will be able to purchase one from the Centre.  Book Now
  • RYA Youth Stage 4

    Age Range: 10 to 15 (ages for this course are a guideline) Cost: £180.00 Per personPre-Requisite: Stage 3A 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.We advise everyone participating in RYA courses to have their own logbook. This will give you the opportunity to track progress and record your sailing experience. If you do not have a logbook, you will be able to purchase one from the Centre. Book Now