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Dinghy sailing

Dinghy sailing is the activity of sailing small boats, powered by the wind. It is a great way to get out on the water and even in a beginner session young people can take control of the boat and experience the thrill of sailing.

Who is it suitable for?
Sailing is suitable for all sections from Beavers through to Network. Non-swimmers and weak swimmers can still take part, however they may be provided with additional safety devices. You must have one competent adult to each non-swimmer.

Additional Information
Many Sailing Clubs offer taster sessions for beginners, which can also count towards the time on water badge. You can then move onto the RYA Youth Scheme, which offers leveled qualifications from Stage 1 to Stage 4.

The RYA website has a Find My Nearest directory that will help you find training courses, activity providers and events.

A good video can be found at https://youtu.be/8QoPv4dfe1E

Badge Links
All Sections Sailing Staged Activity Badge, Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge
Scouts Adventure Challenge Award

How to run/provide dinghy sailing

There are 3 ways of running Dinghy sailing in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running dinghy sailing yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running dinghy sailing using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running dinghy sailing for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for dinghy sailing is:

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