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01322 332943

Founded 1900

What Can I Do With My RYA Level 3 
When Can I Go Sailing Again & What 
Is The Next Course?
RYA Adult Level 3 Course

Aimed at all dinghy sailors who have completed their RYA Level 1 and RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills course, the Level 3 course is ideal for an individual who would like some additional training before taking control of their own dinghy as a skipper.   Run over two days, the aim of this course is to improve on your knowledge of sailing and boost your confidence.  Also, this course introduced aspects of the Seamanship Skills, Sailing With Spinnakers and Start Racing advanced elements. This introduction will allow you to chose the specialist area you may considered for your next course and progress your sailing on the water.

Course Contents and Notes

This course is run over four practical water-based sessions over the two days.  Each

water-based session is supported by various theory-based short sessions, which provide the essential background knowledge to the Level 3 course.

Sailing Skills Covered:

Rigging and launching a dinghy

Crewing the boat and controlling the Jib sail

Helming controls and controlling the main sail

Tacking and gybing

Control speed, slowing down and stopping

Returning to shore and securing the boat

Harnessing the wind to make the most out of the sails

Theory Knowledge Covered:

Personal clothing and safety equipment

Introduction to weather and forecasts

Rope work and knots used on the boat

Safety procedures and what to do in an

Once you have completed your RYA Level 3 Course, you will have the confidence to hire on of the club boats and take part in the various sailing events taking place.  Don’t forget, you will be able to join Erith Yacht Club as a “Prospective Member”.  This membership status allows you to become a member of the club and take part in the full programme of sailing and social activities on six separate occasions without needing to pay a fee.  As a club, we want to see all sailors join the club and take an active role in all aspects of club life.  Therefore, after your six visits, you will be invited to join the club as a Full Member, which will allow you to become a key holder to the club and have full access to all the facilities and events taking place throughout the year.  

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Take a look at the video showing one of the many sailing events that takes place throughout the year at the club.

Once you have completed your RYA Level 3 Course, you are welcome to join us for one of the following sailing events / activities


How Do I Register and Book Onto A

To book a place on the RYA Level 3 course, please complete and submit the form below.  To use this facility, you will need to have an email address.  Once completed, the course booking form will be sent through to your email address in the next 24 hours for completion.  If you do not have an email address address, please contact us by either phone or why not come down and visit us on a Sunday when the club is open for a tour?

Got A Question About The Course
Or Need More Information?

If you have any questions regarding the RYA Level 3 course, please either complete the Contact Us form below and we will answer your question as quickly as possible.  Alternatively, please feel free to email

Sailing Skills Covered:

Faster tacking and gybing manoeuvres

Boat tuning for the wind conditions

Use of control lines and rig controls

Better use of the five essentials

Aspects of the Seamanship Skills,

Sailing with Spinnakers and Start Racing Courses

Theory Knowledge Covered:

Weather forecasts and pressure systems

Tidal flows and forecasting

Spinnaker rigging and set up

Emergency procedures and equipment

An introduction to racing techniques

Courses cost £170 (£100 per member) and include:

All necessary sailing equipment and clothing

Two days full sailing instruction both water-based and shore-based

Prospective Membership to Erith Yacht Club

The next sailing course to take up is one of the RYA Advanced Courses, which will be arranged as required

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