Basic Skills


Sometimes referred to as Level 2 – this course is designed to grow your skills so that by the end you’ll sailing on your own in light winds. Just imagine being responsible for your own craft as you catch the wind and manoeuvre your dinghy around the Kenmare Bay.

At this point you’ll be looking out for seals, sea birds and the majestic sea eagle as she soars over your head. Now, if that isn’t enticing, there’s not much out there that is!

By the end of this course you will be sailing on your own in light wind conditions without assistance from your instructor.

Previous knowledge / experience
You will be expected to be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge included in the Start Sailing course.

Types of Boats
This course may be completed in any type of sailing dinghy, small keel boat or catamaran. At Star Outdoors you’ll be using a sailing dinghy (Pico / Declic / Ludic). When your certificate is issued, it will show the type of boat you used. When this course is completed in single handed boats the sections relating to crew or those marked with an asterisk may be omitted.

2 days for 10am to 4pm.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. However, your instructor may also choose to use a formal practical assessment of boat handling skills and a short written paper or oral interview in assessing your level of background knowledge.

By the end of this course you will be able to do the following:

Clothing & equipment
– Decide what to wear before you go sailing.
– Equip a sailing boat for use.
– Check that your sailing boat is safe to use.

– Identify all of the parts of the boat, rigging & sails.
– Rig a boat for use and according to the weather conditions.
– De-rig a boat and secure / care for hull, foils and sails.
– Reef a boat while ashore.

Keelboat sailors will be able to reef their boat while on a mooring.

Tie the following knots and describe when to use them:
– A bowline
– A clove hitch