For those that have not sailed before, we would suggest starting with the dinghy level 1 course. This course will take place on a Bahia, which can take up to three students and one instructor, whereas level 2 courses will take place in a Pico, where you will be on the boat by yourself.
The aim of the ‘Start Sailing’ course is to get you sailing!! After a brief introduction to the boat and how to rig it up, the class will take to the water where you will learn all the key skills for handling a sailing boat. By the end of the course you should be able to confidently sail your boat upwind, downwind, perform both methods of turning your boat around (tacking and gybing), control your speed and have a basic theoretical understanding.
Following on from the skills learnt in ‘Start Sailing’, during the ‘Basic Skills’ course, the objective is to expand your sailing knowledge and reach an independent level of competence. The Basic Skills course will take you through on water skills such as man overboard recovery, picking up a mooring, mastering the ‘Five Essentials’ (Five key principles to making your boat sail as fast as possible) and developing your theoretical sailing knowledge.
After successfully completing Level 2, you are now able to sail by yourself, and the next step is to practice and perfect the skills learnt in the two initial courses. DOSC members may hire the club boats, and non members can ask a member to hire a boat on their behalf. Look at the Hire section for more information on hire policies and prices at DOSC. Depending on what you would like to do next, we are able to offer a variety of courses.
A few options are listed below and are available through private lessons, which take place from Sunday through Thursday from 10am till 12 noon, 1pm till 3pm and 3.30pm till 5.30pm.
Expand your knowledge and boat handling skills with more advanced techniques and in depth theory sessions.
Acquire the skills and understanding to flying spinnaker sails and discover a whole new dimension to sailing!
Learn the essentials to making short day passage trips.
An introduction to the format of sailing races.