Sailing has been used as means of transport for thousands of years, but it took off as a leisure activity around 400 years ago in Holland.

Once you get out on the water it isn’t difficult to see why it has become such a widely beloved sport – if you love an adventure in the fresh air, small boat sailing is for you.

Take your family, go with friends, or even by yourself, leaving the stress of daily life behind on the land. People of all ages take up dinghy and keelboat sailing, and it also has the benefit of being a very adaptable sport, meaning a wide range of impairments can be catered for – making sailing an incredibly inclusive sport.

Try our Sailing taster sessions, or take a 2-day RYA Course – full details below.



Royal Victoria Dock


RYA National Covering Body Courses

RYA L1 Sailing

Formal 2-day Learn to Sail course of instruction taking place over a weekend.  By the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and will be able to sail a small boat under instruction.  Successful participants will receive the RYA Level 1 course completion certificate. 

Pre-requisites: suitable for age 18+. No prior experience required.


For upcoming courses, please contact RDW.

09:30 – 16:30 (each day)

£151.60 per person

Minimum number: 4
Maximum number: 12

This course is delivered by Sea Cadets Royal Docks, a recognised RYA Training Centre 


The Sea Cadets operate sailing and related activities for young people from Royal Docks Watersports Centre – please click on link below for more information.

Sea Cadets