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Learn to Sail in Sussex!

We offer RYA sailing courses that cater to every ability! We welcome everyone, from the complete beginner looking for something new to a seasoned sailor, after a new challenge. Try Sailing.

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Our Junior Sailing Courses are open to all children from age 6 upwards! Learning to sail is the perfect summer holiday activity; it’s fun, it’s active and it will instil a passion for sailing which will last for years to come!



These courses are suitable for those aged 16 and over. Our expert tuition, tailored to smaller groups is perfect for complete beginners. The versatility of the RYA structure means they are ideal for those looking to jump back into their beloved childhood hobby!


Sailing at Ardingly

Sailing ImageDinghy sailing is a versatile, engaging activity which continues to bring excitement to thousands of people each year. One of the UK’s largest growing sports, sailing is a skill for life. Many never tire of the enjoyment that comes from a leisurely afternoon’s sail, while others quickly become drawn into the exhilarating racing scene.

If you’ve never sailed before, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to learn. At Ardingly Activity Centre, our expert tuition, small groups and advice tailored to you mean learning to sail is easy and enjoyable. We offer RYA courses; the best possible introduction to the wonderful world of sailing where you’ll learn quickly, so you can get stuck in to your new favourite hobby. What are you waiting for? Sign up for a course today and learn a sport for life.

The Boats

The stars of the show! There’s something for everyone to sail at Ardingly:

  • Optimist – Specially designed for younger children. A lovely single hander, we use these to teach beginners. They’re safe, stable and great fun!
  • Pico – A fantastic all-rounder and a step up from the Optimist. Pico’s can be sailed single handed or fitted with a jib for the double-handed experience. They are the perfect boat to build up your skills and are ideal for everyone, from age 11 upwards!
  • RS Feva– Our fun and fast double hander, able to be used with one to three sails. These boats are ideal for the teenage sailor, we use these boats in our RYA Stage 3 and 4 courses.
  • Laser – This fast paced single hander is guaranteed to make your adrenaline flow! This Olympic class boat provides a great challenge for the more experienced sailor and is a favourite worldwide.
  • Wayfarer – These 16ft dinghies are the perfect blend of sturdy and speedy. We use these boats in our Adult Sailing courses, as they are roomy and stable – ideal for teaching!