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RYA Courses

RYA Level 1 – Start Sailing

Run over 2 consecutive Saturdays;

11th & 18th May | 15th & 22nd June |  6th & 13th July | 10th & 17th August | 14th & 21st September

Designed for anyone wishing to learn the basic skills of sailing. You will learn how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering the boat. You will be able to sail in light winds under supervision and have gained some basic background knowledge.

  • Clothing & equipment
  • Rigging and de-rigging / ropework
  • Wind awareness
  • Crewing and helming
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Points of sailing
  • Launching, recovering and stopping
  • Basic Knowledge of rules of the road
  • Capsize recovery (understanding of basic theory)

RYA Level 2 – Basic Skills

Can be covered during Monday Sailnights, over 4 sessions.

This course sets out the foundations of sailing for you. By the end of it you'll be a competent light wind sailor and able to make sailing decisions in good conditions.

  • Rigging and de-rigging / ropework
  • Wind awareness
  • Crewing and helming
  • Tacking & Gybing
  • Pick up mooring, coming alongside, MOB
  • Points of sailing – Triangle Course
  • Launching, recovering and stopping
  • Basic Knowledge of rules of the road
  • Capsize recovery

Evening  Sailing

Sail Night

Choose between a hire or a coaching session

Monday Evenings | 11+ | April - Oct | 6pm - 8pm

Choose between hiring your own boat, knowing there is the supervision of a qualified instructor, or choose to make the most of a  coach led session and improve skills, or work towards an RYA Award.

Get some top tips, learn new skills, have a race or just have some fun and get wet.

These sessions are ideal if you have already completed a Start Sailing course or equivalent.

This is not a formal course so you should already have some basic sailing skills. If not have a look at a Discover Sailing Taster or Start Sailing Course.

  • Staff assistance with rigging, launching and landing your craft.
  • Safety boat cover
  • Top tips on your sailing skills
  • Group sail, fun racing
  • Try new skills

£15 Adult | £7.50 Concession (or if you bring your own boat) | Otherwise All Equipment Provided

Private Sailing

A private lesson will suit those who prefer the individual attention of a qualified instructor at a time that suits you.

You can speak to staff and choose the content of your lesson but we can recommend the following:

  • Sailing Refresher – if you haven’t sailed for a while and you would just like to brush up with some top tips in the new RS Quest dinghy.
  • Sailing with Spinnakers – as it says in the title using RS Fevas
  • Sailing Singlehanders – using RS Qubas boats experience the excitement of sailing on your own.
  • Seamanship Skills – learn some skills beyond basic boat handling in preparation for new sailing adventures.

Adaptive Sailing

A sailing opportunity for people with a disability or who require additional support. Lochore Meadows is an RYA Centre of Excellence for Sailability Sailing. It is usually useful to arrange a site visit before the sailing session to check the facilities and decide which one of the boats is best suited to the sailor. At this stage we can also check any hoisting or transfer requirements.

On the sailing day we will have the right boat and equipment ready for you and the session usually last for about 1 hour on the water or whatever is appropriate.

Please contact the centre to discuss your requirements and check availability.

  • Introduction to equipment
  • Basic sailing controls
  • Explanation of capsize drill
  • Sailing with qualified staff

Every 2 weeks from 10am (Book through OE Centre)

Check out Fife Sailability for more information.


The OnBoard Club exists to provide regular, quality sailing opportunities for young people.

Sundays April - Oct | 8 - 16yrs | 9.30am - 12pm (Novice/Stage 1) & 1pm - 3.30pm (Stage 2+) | £12 | All Equipment Provided

Each month sessions will have several targets with the aim of encouraging progress and developing new skills. During these sessions there will be the chance to work through the RYA Levels to become a more independent sailor.



Public hire and launching

Come along to Lochore Meadows Country Park and enjoy the fun