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Question about RYA dinghy sailing courses

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ReallyTired Mon 25-Jul-16 19:57:30

Is it possible to fail RYA level 1 dinghy sailing? (If a teen attends two day course and tries his best. No special needs.) Ds has done one day of a two day sailing course and tells me he found everything difficult. He has no prior sailing experience.

imayhavelostmymarbles Mon 25-Jul-16 20:06:39

While I am sure it is possible, it is unlikely. They are keen to teach you, and sailors are some of the most helpful people I have met when I did level 1/2. He doesnt need to be confidently sailing off into the sunset for level one. Can he have a chat with the instructor?

LIZS Mon 25-Jul-16 20:08:43

DC don't think so. What makes him think he'll fail? The only real test is knots.

nuttymango Mon 25-Jul-16 20:10:18

The trainers are going to do their best to get people through, my DD does an RYA sailing club and she says most people pass level 1/2 as long as they are being sensible.

Twowrongsdontmakearight Mon 25-Jul-16 20:13:08

Even I passed mine and I spent most of my time righting my capsized dinghy! Don't worry.

ThornyBird Mon 25-Jul-16 20:13:52

It took me 2 lots of 5x3hr lessons to pass my level 1 from never having set foot in a sailing boat before. But I was a 40+ yo unfit mother of 4 and it was weekly sessions so plenty of time to forget stuff inbetween.

But you don't fail, you just don't pass where I do it - things I could do get ticked off in the book until everything had a tick, I had some level 2 ticks before I'd got L1. Plus I agree with imay that the instructors have been incredibly patient and helpful.

I found it difficult at first - like driving, there are so many new things you are trying to remember that it easy to get disheartened. BUT I have recently completed L2 after my 3rd set of lessons and am now regularly crewing for a friend in their racing yacht so it does fall into place quickly after the initial shock in my experience smile

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