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  • Group of people launching their dinghy
    Tighnabruaich Sailing School, Kyles of Bute

Combine the finest scenery, sailing waters and selection of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved establishments and you have the best possible range of opportunities for learning afloat!

Scotland’s numerous sailing schools are located in coastal and inland lochs and on islands around the country and offer tuition in all types of vessels using a variety of tuition styles. All levels of RYA qualification are available for dinghy sailing, cruiser racing, cruising and power boating.

Dinghy tuition

The relaxed atmosphere at Scottish sailing schools has long been part of their appeal and everyone is guaranteed an interesting, enjoyable and productive experience.

For the beginner, there is the satisfaction of that first solo dinghy sail or a successful sailboard dash in the pleasant surroundings of a Scottish loch. More advanced pupils could be enjoying their first steps in dinghy racing, powerboat driving or even water skiing.

Whatever the day's activities, the evening barbecue and the company of others on the course round off the day to perfection. At the end of the week you’ll have a new range of skills - with a certificate to prove it, plus lots of new friends!

Cruising tuition

A typical day’s cruising tuition begins with a check of the weather forecast, a little cruise planning over breakfast and then it’s up-anchor for a passage to a distant isle or a favourite harbour. Whether you are under sail or power, the challenges of navigation and seamanship are similar.

There’s a good chance you’ll see some wonderful wildlife along the way - look out for dolphins, whales and plenty of different seabirds. Later, the approaching anchorage prompts a look at the pilot book to ensure that the best approach is made with a snug spot selected for the night. Then it could be a row ashore for a pint or a dram, or a meal prepared aboard followed by the chance to swap stories!
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