Oban Sailing Club is an RYA approved dinghy and powerboat training centre. We run a variety of courses (see the full list and details below) following the RYA schemes in dinghies, powerboats and onshore, and offer keelboat coaching, all generally between April and October. Our summer holiday junior weeks run in a block during Argyll and Bute summer holidays. If you’ve any questions about training courses at Oban Sailing Club, please see our frequently asked questions or contact us at

Dinghy sailing courses for beginners include a membership for the remainder of the current season, but our other courses require you to join the club beforehand.

For informal sailing for all ages, coaching and a chance to have fun and practice your skills check out our Monday Mayhem sessions.

All of our courses are organised by volunteers and run by either local volunteer instructors or instructors brought in from outwith the club.

Training News

Our summer weeks have now finished and we hope that everyone who came had fun! We’ve not got any more junior beginners courses running this year, but you can always register your interest in a course and you’ll get an email when it (or a potential alternative course) is ready to book in 2022.

Monday Mayhem is still running until the middle of September and we’re trying to fit in some powerboat courses and possibly a few other things before the end of the season!

All Courses

Below are all of the courses that OSC can run, some of which are run regularly, and others are organised when we have enough demand, so make sure to register your interest if there’s a course that you would like to do but there isn’t a date scheduled for.

Courses in bold are currently available to book.

Dinghy Sailing Courses

High School Learn To Sail Course – Wednesday evening course in April and May for anyone of high school age to learn to sail or keep practicing, no prior experience necessary.

Junior Start Sailing Weekend – A weekend of games and fun to learn the basics of sailing

Adult Beginners – learn the basic skills of dinghy sailing, working towards RYA Level 1

Adult Improvers – for those who already have RYA Level 1 or equivalent experience, building on your sailing skills.

Advanced Modules – we can also run courses on sailing with spinnakers, start racing, and seamanship skills.

Junior Summer Sailing Weeks

Our summer sailing weeks are full of sailing, games, water, and (hopefully) sun, ages 8+. The focus of the week is fun, and getting into sailing and gaining confidence. We following the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme, and when someone has achieved everything from a Stage then we’ll award the certificate.

Junior Beginners – no experience necessary, for everyone who’s working towards Stage 1 or 2.

Junior Improvers – a slightly more advanced level, for those who already have their Stage 2, working towards Stage 3

Junior Advanced – for those who’ve mastered Stage 3, working on Stage 4 (doublehanded boats), advanced modules, or just developing skills that the sailors would like to work on.

Powerboating Courses

RYA Powerboat Level 2 – learn to drive a powerboat so you can help out at OSC sessions, no previous experience necessary

RYA Safety Boat – how to provide safety cover to help keep a variety of water users safe

OSC Rescue Boat Practice Days – practice the skills required to be a safety boat driver at OSC, and get (re)acquainted with the OSC powerboats

Shorebased Courses

RYA First Aid – one day marine focussed first aid course. Suitable for maintaining a current instructing or Yachtmaster qualification.

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) – Operator’s license for marine VHF radio.

Yachting Coaching

Keel Boat Race Crew Coaching – No need to have sailed a yacht before, however basic sailing knowledge in a boat of some kind will help.

Becoming an Instructor

Assistant Instructor – start to help others learn to sail

Instructor Sailing Skills – coaching sessions for those who are interested in becoming an instructor at OSC.