Beginners Guide to Sailing at Loch Earn

If you are new to sailing and thinking about joining Loch Earn Sailing Club then hopefully this page will answer some of your questions. If you are thinking of joining as a family member then that's great as we are a family orientated club. It's good to see the young sailors enjoying themselves both ashore and afloat. We offer a friendly, supportive environment where children and recycled children can enjoy sailing in a particularly attractive part of Scotland. Even the drive to get here is usually a delight!

What sort of boat will I be able to sail?

The club has four types of boat (Toppers, Lasers, Wayfarers, 420s) for use by members who do not yet have a boat of their own. The Toppers are small single handed boats, normally used to introduce children to sailing.Lasers are single handed boats for use by experienced teenagers or adults. The Wayfarers are bigger boats suitable for up to four adults and are used for teaching adults to sail. The 420 is a more technical boat used for improving the skills of more experienced sailors.


All members can use the boats (at no additional cost) depending on their skill level. There is no requirement for members to own a boat. Once you have had some sailing experience you can then decide if you want to buy your own boat. There are many types of boat represented in the club and members will only be too pleased to tell you why their's is the best! The main thing to remember is to match your choice of boat to that of your sailing skill level.

Do you offer training?

We are certified by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as a recognised Training Centre. You can be reassured that you will receive first class training by qualified RYA instructors.


We run a one week intensive training course in July each year for all comers. There is a fee for this course and RYA certificates are issued to those who achieve the required levels of competence. Your RYA certificate is recognised around the world so if you want to hire a dinghy on your next Caribbean holiday the certificate will prove you are capable!


Training is also offered at 9am on some Sunday mornings throughout the season. This is free to members and is run by RYA certified instructors on a voluntary basis.

How safe is sailing?

Sailing is an adventurous activity and therefore there are risks involved in the sport. That is why we use a nationally recognised training scheme with fully qualified instructors. You will be taught about the risks involved and how to mitigate them. Beginners are closely supervised and the recommended instructor / student ratio is always maintained.

Do I have to be able to swim?

It is not necessary to be a strong swimmer to enjoy sailing. It is more important to be confident when in the water. You will be lucky indeed if you don't capsize at some point in your dinghy sailing career. It is said that if you never capsize then you aren't trying hard enough! It is a club rule that buoyancy aids must be worn at all times in the water. As part of your dinghy training you will be required to carry out a capsize under strictly controlled conditions so you will know what to expect when it happens for real.

What should I wear?

The key here is to wear layers of clothing such as a waterproof jacket over a fleece over a shirt. Waterproof trousers if you have them. Old trainers, soft shoes, or wellies are a must and they will get wet. You can use a club lifejacket if you don't have one. This will suffice for an initial sail in a Wayfarer but if you are planning sailing a Topper or Laser you really need a wet suit.

Sounds good! How do I join?

Go to the left margin, fill in your details, and we will be in touch as soon as possible.