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Learn to Sail


GYC is the ideal place to learn to sail in London!

We are a Royal Yachting Association accredited Training centre and can help you go from complete beginner to racing one of our club dinghies, crewing on a member's cruiser down the Thames or sailing your own boat across oceans!

If you have never sailed before, we would suggest you take the Dinghy RYA Level 1 course and get involved with our dinghy fleet - but first you need to Join the Club.

For details of course dates and availability, or to discuss your training needs, contact the Training Manager.

Training courses at the club

  • Dinghy – RYA Level 1 and 2
  • Powerboat – RYA Level 1, Level 2 and Safety Boat
  • Keel boat
  • Trot Boat
  • Race Officer

In partnership with Thames Active

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory
  • Powerboat – RYA Level 1 , Level 2
  • RYA VHF SRC Radio courses
  • RYA First Aid courses

For powerboat courses visit the Thames Active website to find a course date that suits you and pay online. Club members contact the Training Manager to obtain a discount code.

In partnership with Nomad Sailing

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory
  • Infrequently, RYA Yachtmaster Theory

Visit the Nomad Sailing website.