Youth Training

Youth Training at Warsash operates on a voluntary parent-led basis with all parents involved either as coaches or support team.  We have a strong focus on encouraging the development of grass roots sailing and over the last 10 years the youth section has grown to over 160 children; with an age range of 6 -18 years, many of whom have gone on to represent GBR at various levels. The club prides itself on making sailing available to everyone and provides Optimists for at least the first 3 years of a child’s sailing development; after that we expect children to obtain their own boat, though we have some Picos and Fevas for older children.

The diagram below shows the progression through youth training with further details in the table below it. As well as offering opportunities for those wanting to sharpen up their Racing skills our programme also offers participants a chance to develop the Seamanship side of sailing via the “Seabass” and “Adventure” groups.

Many “ex Kippers” continue to be involved in Youth Sailing @ WSC as Dinghy Instructors, Assistant Instructors & Race Coaches and the club is pleased to be able to help them gain these qualifications. We are proud that a number of our sailors are invited to join the various RYA and Class Association training squads each year and subsequently show us their new found racing skills during Club Racing.

Places on the WSC Youth Training programme are typically filled at the start of the programme each year, late entry is therefore not usually possible and we cannot promise a place in advance. Only children who are members of WSC may join the  programme.

Registration for 2024 is on Sunday March 17th at 11am.

Click here to download the Youth Registration Checklist 2024.

See the briefing slides for 2021 here:

Welcome to Youth Sailing Registration 2021 (

Non-members wishing to join WSC, so that their children can take part in Youth Training in a particular year, are advised to apply for family membership by no later than the beginning of January of that year. This is so that their membership applications can be considered by the Executive Committee meeting held at the start of February. Children already holding RYA qualifications will be assessed by our Youth instructors to determine where their skills fit within our training programme.

For more information please email

Group ObjectiveMin Age
(and weight)
Min Entry RequirementBoats Used
SpratsGain water confidence, being safe, wind awareness and having FUN.6 (Yr 1)EnthusiasmClub Oppies
Kipper 1Work towards: RYA Youth Level 1: Tacking, boat balance and sailing using Tiller Extension.7 (Yr 2)Water confidenceClub Oppies
Kipper 2Work towards: RYA Youth Stage 1: Sailing a figure of 8 course, building on all elements from Kipper 1, in preparation for Kipper 38 (Yr 3)Kipper 1 Completion / relevant Youth Level 1Club Oppies
Kipper 3Work towards: RYA Youth Level 2/3: Sailing a triangular course, upwind, downwind & gybing correctly.8 (Yr 3)RYA Youth Level 1Club Oppies
Sea BassWork towards: RYA Youth Sailing Stage 3/4. Sailing upwind, downwind, improving tacking & gybing, crewing, seamanship skills.9 (Yr 4)
(35kg for Toppers)
RYA Youth Level 2Club Picos or Your own Topper
AdventureWork towards: RYA Youth Sailing Stage 3/4. Sailing upwind, downwind, improving tacking & gybing, crewing, seamanship skills.9 (Yr 4)
(35kg for Toppers)
RYA Youth Level 2Club Picos or Your own Topper
Race Tera / Development TeraWork towards: RYA Youth Sailing Stage 3/4 (Tera Development), RYA Start/Intermediate/ Advanced Racing (Tera Race). The two groups will work in the same area, enabling students to dip in & out of racing, if they find it is not what they want, just yet. Tera Race – competitive sailing & events.9
RYA Youth Sailing Stage 2Your own Tera Sport / Tera Pro
Race OptimistWork Towards: RYA Youth Sailing Stage 3/4, RYA Start / Intermediate Racing. Starting, upwind, downwind, competitive sailing & events.9 (Yr 4)
RYA Youth Level 2Own Optimist
Race TopperWork Towards: RYA Youth Sailing Stage 3/4, RYA Start/Intermediate/Advanced Racing certificates. Competitive sailing & events.10 (Yr 5)
RYA Youth Level 3Your own Topper
Double HandedWorking towards: RYA Youth Sailing Stage 4 / Advanced & Racing modules. Events.12 (Yr 7)RYA Youth Sailing Stage 3 & some racing experience.Club Fevas & your own double handed dinghy.

Safeguarding Officer Kristy Warren

OnBoard is the RYA’s children’s sailing and windsurfing programme. It offers children the opportunity to try watersports in a safe, fun and structured environment.

OnBoard is a beginner programme that gets people on the water for their first time. If you would like to learn how to sail, there is no experience or equipment needed to get you started. The programme is also progressive, so you can work your way through the RYA Youth Schemes.

As well as getting fresh air and exercise, children’s sailing offers a wide range of invaluable life skills, from problem solving to confidence and teamwork.