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Kuwait Sailing School is an RYA-affiliated Centre (RYA- Royal Yacht Association) provides sailing courses for both youth and adults in a safe environment.


In addition to sailing, we offer a range of non-motorized watersports activities including windsurfing, kayaking, and standup paddling for Kids and adults.

We started as freelancers teaching sailing in different watersports centers and privately in chalets in 2019 and only in December 2020, we decided to run our own sailing school. 
 

Today we pride ourselves on having created a sailing community in the country and our aim is always to offer training courses and family experiences. The centre is run by Shayma who is a full-time dedicated RYA Dinghy instructor and she will always be assisted by a trained watersport staff!

Our Team

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I am a certified RYA Dinghy Instructor but my sailing experience started on yachts in 2015 with Kuwait Offshore Sailing Association (KOSA). I have been committed to the sport and sailing with my partner every summer in the Mediterranean. March 2020 I had the opportunity to sail with Fawzi Sultan Al Essa from Oman to Dubai on his J/122 for 4 consecutive days afloat.


Qualifications:
-RYA Dinghy sailing Instructor
-RYA Day Skipper Licence
-RYA – Level 2 Powerboating certification
-RYA First aid

SHAYMA BAKHESH

RYA Dinghy Instructor

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I love working outside and on the water. This job gave me the opportunity to do both and meet wonderful people like you. You will meet me at the beach; I will be the one helping you with your equipment, giving you basic instructions as well as helping the instrcutors. 

Qualifications:
- RYA First aid

- Level 1 Dinghy Sailing

Ameer AlQallaf

Watersports Assitant

Our Volunteers

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I've been sailing since I was 8 on an Optimist. I attended several National Championships in Venezuela. I won the 2nd place overall and 1st on the female division on the Optimist class.

 From 1998 until 2000 sailed on the sunfish class only at national level obtaining 1st place in female division and overall 6th place.

 From 2000 end until 2005 sailed on Laser Radial & was part of the Venezuela national team where I've attended several championships.

 

Since I have gradutaed and moved to Kuwait in 2009 I have not sailed much. I am so happy that I have found Kuwait Sailing School and I am more than happy to take you all out to try and learn sailing.

MARIA REYES

Volunteer

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I started sailing in the summer of 2020 and have gone through all of my qualifications with the Kuwait Sailing School. I love sailing because it is enjoyable to do alone or with a group, it is extremely relaxing and is a sport that you can continue to learn about. I love all water sports and have grown up doing all sorts such as scuba diving, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, and swimming. I would love to continue to add to my knowledge on sailing and share my love of the sport with as many people as possible. I am volunteering at Kuwait Sailing School as it gives me the opportunity to pursue this. 

THALIA DAVEY

Volunteer

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I was 8 years old when I started sailing, and I found it very thrilling to be out at sea. I enjoyed it a lot so I continued with the courses. I am working towards being an assistant instructor, and when old enough, to be a certified instructor. I enjoy teaching others how fun sailing can be.

I also enjoy scuba diving and windsurfing.

AJ

Volunteer

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I fell in love with sailing the moment I sailed my first dinghy in 2021. I have been sailing every weekend since then and I have completed all my dinghy sailing levels.

I am a certified scuba diver and free diver. I participated in dragon boat regattas in UAE for 3 years and dream of participating in international sailing regattas one day soon.

I believe that volunteering is the best way of giving back while progressing my sailing experience towards becoming an instructor and meeting like-minded people.

Mahmoud

Volunteer

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I have started sailing when I was  8 and started competing when I was 10.

 

I have been in kuwait international regatta 8 times, Qatar international regatta once, Mussanah race week twice, GCC championship once and  Bahrain regatta 3 times.

I went to training camps in Bahrain, Oman, Tunisia, Italy and the UK.

You will see me helping the School with their taster sessions as well as introducing racing techniques to some of our young members.

YOUSEF ALABKAL

Volunteer 

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I started my journey in 2013 in Lake District where I did my RYA Level 1 Dinghy sailing course. Followed by RYA Level 2 Dinghy sailing in Abu Dhabi. I have been then sailing with Kuwait Offshore Sailing Association (KOSA) regularly every weekend.

I have been committed to the sport so I bought my own dinghy (Laser Bahia) that I am keeping at the school to encourage more people to fall in love with sailing and also to give me the opportunity to meet like-minded people.

Qualifications:

- RYA Day Skipper License.

SALAH WAHEEDI

Volunteer| Boat Owner