Getting out on the water in a boat can be exhilarating. Probably the quickest way to learn the basic principles of sailing is in a dinghy - small open boats that are easy to handle and generally light to launch and transport. Learn to sail on your own in a single handed boat or with a crew. The RYA's (Royal Yachting Association) National Sailing Scheme offers you the chance to progress from beginner to expert

If you're keen to explore the beautiful coastline of Britain on a cruising yacht, the RYA's Start Sailing and Competent Crew courses will teach you the basic principles of sailing.

If you're just looking for a taster, there are many RYA Training Centres, sailing clubs and charter companies throughout the UK and abroad that run introductory days, which are an ideal way to get on a sailing yacht for the first time.

The fastest of all the sailing disciplines, windsurfing is the sport many people try for the first time when they are on holidays. If you're keen to get some tuition or just looking for a taster, find a course near you. The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) offers adult and youth (aged 8-16) windsurfing courses across the country. All equipment is provided so you'll need a minimum of personal kit to get started.