Sailing Lessons

at Polkerris Beach

Learning to sail is like nothing else; using nature to move across the water, being encompassed by the environment, understanding the science of sailing, feeling free, happy and alive.

Whether you are looking to learn to sail from scratch, improve your sailing skills, hone your technique, gain new qualifications or you are dreaming of sailing across the channel, we can help you take your next steps. 

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Sailing Lesson

A perfect way to sample sailing, feel the wind in your hair and explore St. Austell Bay. Your lesson can be tailored to suit your needs and what you want to get out of the session. Please note that all sailing lessons will take place in either a pico or a wayfarer, depending on your needs, and the equipment available. 

Duration: 1.5hr

Price: 1:1 £75 or 1:2/3 £60 per person

RYA Youth Sailing Courses

Youth courses are suitable for children aged 8 - 15.

Duration: Youth RYA sailing courses typically run for 2 mornings or afternoons, 10am - 1.30pm or 2pm - 5.30pm. 

Price: £160 per person (minimum two people)
1:1 £260


Stage One

A fun introduction to sailing that teaches the basics of getting on the water, learning how to steer, and the parts of the boat. 


Stage Two

This course builds on skills and confidence acquired at Stage 1, including how to turn the boat around, control its speed, avoid collisions, and tie some useful knots.

Stage Three

Designed to turn you into a competent dinghy sailor this course covers how to rig, launch and recover a boat, capsizing and more detailed sailing theory. You'll learn how to sail around a triangular course and handle a boat in moderate conditions. Sign off requires demonstrating sailing ability without direct assistance.


Stage Four 

Stage 4 extends your ability to make decisions in a boat and to sail a 2-person boat. With Stage 4 being largely about experience,  additional hours outside the course may be required to be signed off. 

Adult RYA Sailing Courses

Duration: Adult RYA courses run for 2 days, 10am - 4pm. 

Price: £160 per person (minimum two people)
1:1 £260

Level One: Start Sailing

This courses introduces you to the sport of sailing and covers all you need to know to get afloat in light winds under supervision. You will learn how to sail in all directions, as well as developing an awareness of launching and recovery.


Level Two: Basic Skills 

This course sets out the foundations of sailing. By the end of the course, you will be a competent sailor in light winds. You will learn how to rig a boat, launch, land and develop your ability to sail in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge is also covered.

Level 3: Better Sailing 

This course is designed to develop your confidence in sailing skills and techniques, as well as get you ready to progress onto advanced modules. If your opportunities to sail are infrequent this course is an ideal refresher. Completion of this course is often the point at which people buy a boat or join a sailing club.


Seamanship Skills

This course aims to develop your sailing skills so that you can sail confidently in a wide range of conditions and deal with situations and problems as they arise. You will learn how to launch and recover the boat in different circumstances, how to stop, reduce sail, recover a man overboard and pick up a mooring. It also covers topics that impact sailing, including tides and weather.

Polkerris Beach is an RYA Recognised training centre: your assurance that we are equipped and managed to provide you with quality and safe experiences.

What's Included

We provide all equipment, including a full wetsuit and buoyancy aid, and have changing room facilities with showers, a cafe and shop all on site.

Courses also include an RYA log book. 

Age Requirements 

The minimum age for all sailing lessons is 8. Youth courses are suitable for children aged 8 - 15. 


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Hire Boats

Already a competent RYA Level 2 qualified sailor? Want to practise your new-found skills or take the children for a sail? You can hire our Picos, Wayfarer or RS Catamaran.

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Youth Sail Club

Want to sail regularly? Our fun and relaxed clubs sail every Sunday.

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