Start Yachting Course
This 2 day course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.
This is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in
all the day to day routines. This is a 5 day or 3 weekend course and will normally give you over 100 miles for your RYA logbook.
The practical course gives you a chance to take charge on short passages under instruction with plenty of advice and help from the instructor. Designed for tidal waters it is advisable to be at least Competent Crew level and have navigation experience provided by a Shorebased course or time at sea. This is a 5 day or 3 weekend course and will normally give you over 100 miles for your RYA logbook. By the end of the course you should have the confidence to skipper a suitably crewed yacht.
This is an advanced skippering course for yachtsmen and women who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation and are usually aspiring towards a Certificate of Competence. Designed for Tidal waters. The recommended minimum pre course experience is 30 days at sea, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (for holders of Coastal Skipper Practical Course Certificate 20 days, 400 miles). The course completes with an intensive practical examination conducted by an independent RYA examiner. An exam fee of £142 payable to RYA is required for this service.
This is the ultimate test of an experienced yachtsman's skill and judgement. Candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability as skipper of an offshore yacht, including questions on collision avoidance, navigation, pilotage, meteorology and boat handling. Minimum pre course experience is 50 days at sea, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper. VHF Radio operators licence or SRC. First aid certificate. The course completes with an intensive practical examination conducted by an independent examiner. An exam fee is payable in addition to the course fee, this is £163 and payable to the RYA.