What is a Keelboat?

Keelboats are open sailing boats and offer more space and stability than Dinghies and Catamarans, while still making great boats for all sorts of activities like trips or racing for people who like to keep (relatively) dry.  Because they have a heavy keel underneath the boat they do not capsize and are ideal for sailing with a number of people.

Where Should I Go to Start Sailing?

There are many ISA accredited Training Centres and Clubs around the coast and on inland waterways who offer a range of sailing courses for both beginners and the more experienced sailor.

What is the Best Course for Me?

Taste of Sailing 
A short introduction to the thrill of sailing.

Start Sailing
Introducing elements of all the skills you will need to become a competent sailor.

Basic Skills 

Setting you up as an independent sailor.

Improving Skills
Consolidating and practicing your sailing skills.

Advanced Boat Handling
Developing advanced skills in boat handling and tuning.  Ideal preparation for all the specialist courses ahead.

A call to your local ISA Training Centre or Club would help you decide which course would best suit your needs.

What Should I Bring?

The ISA Training Centre or Club where you will do your course will normally provide all the equipment you need.  You should bring the following with you:

•    Swimming togs;
•    Old shoes/runners or booties;
•    A wetsuit* (if you have one); and
•    A buoyancy aid* (if you have one).

*All ISA Training Centres can normally supply these.

Again, you can chat to your local ISA Training Centre or Club when you are booking your place on a course and they will advise you on what they can supply and what you will need to bring.


For a full list of all ISA Personal Skills Sailing Courses, the details of each course, a list of Course Providers and a list of scheduled courses please click on the link opposite.

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