Sailing for Children

Are your children keen to get on the water for a jam-packed week of sailing? Have they already taken part in the RYA syllabus and are seeking to improve their progress? Or, are they new to sailing and looking for a beginner week to commence their sailing journey?

Then come join us on our Sailing Weeks across Chichester Harbour, a National Landscape!

Our Sailing for Children courses offer everything to help them along their sailing progress. Our week courses offer an informal week of sailing, but we will aim to cover some of the RYA syllabus. If your children 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 then they will need a G11 RYA Youth Sailing log book which can be purchased from us at £7.50 or the RYA.

Children sailing on Hawk 20 Keelboats in Chichester Harbour, West Sussex

Sailing Week for Beginners 

  • Ages: 10-12 
  • Price: £350.00
  • Non-Residential 
  • Duration: Monday - Friday 
  • Timings: 09:30 drop off - 16:30 pick up each day
  • Easy & free onsite carpark drop off & collection in the main activity field or if children are arriving/departing via the Itchenor Ferry, please do let us know in advance. 

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

At Cobnor Activities Centre Trust, 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.

Sailing Week for Improvers

  • Ages:9-14 
  • For sailors RYA Youth Stage 2 + 
  • Price: £350.00
  • Non-Residential
  • Duration: Monday - Friday
  • Timings: 09:30-16:30 each day 
  • Easy & free onsite drop off & collection in the main activity field or if children are arriving/departing via the Itchenor Ferry, please do let us know in advance. 

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 the sailing syllabus for RYA Stage 3.

Outline of a typical day timings and sailing activity 

09:15 – 09:30 - Arrive at the centre to sign in for your course.
09:30 – 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.

Residential Sailing Camp  

  • Residential camp for teenagers aged 13-15
  • Monday-Friday 
  • Accommodation, full catering and activities included
  • £399.00pp
  •  Easy & free onsite drop off & collection in the main activity field or if children are arriving/departing via the Itchenor Ferry, please do let us know in advance. 

 

Enjoy a week of dedicated sailing tuition in a range of boats with continuous tuition from Cobnor's experienced instructors. This will include trips in Chichester Harbour, games 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 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 recommended for young people attending this course. 

Kids RYA OnBoard Sailing Club

  • Monday evenings
  • For both beginner and improver sailors
  • Maximum age: 14
  • Price: £100 (£20 per session)
  • Dates: 15/04/24 - 27/05/24 (excluding 29/04/24)
  • Timings: 17:30-20:00

Embark on an exciting journey with our Monday evening Kids OnBoard Sailing Club tailored for young enthusiasts, running from Easter to the exhilarating days of May's half term. Specifically designed to accommodate both beginners and improvers, our courses focus on honing skills, mastering dinghy techniques, and instilling confidence on the water.

Private 1:1 Sailing Tuition - Available on request! 

  • Summer price (April-September) £270.00 for a full day (09:00-16:30) 
  • Winter price (October-March) £190.00 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 £760.00 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 £195.00pp. 

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. 

 

  • Children Sailing on boat across Chichester Harbour

    RYA Youth Stage 1

    Age: 7+Cost: £195.00ppPre-requisites needed: 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 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.   Book Now
  • RYA Youth Stage 2

    Age: 7+Cost: £195.00 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: 7+Cost: £195.00. 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: 7+Cost: £195.00 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