RYA Start Yachting

Course overview

A weekend taster for complete beginners. You will experience steering a yacht, rope work, sail trimming and be aware of safety onboard. The course can count towards the full RYA Competent Crew certificate.

Pre-requisite experience:

None required


1 weekend


RYA Start Yachting Certification

What’s included:

Includes all food and accommodation on-board


The programme follows the following format:

The Yacht

  • Basic knowledge of sea terms, parts of the boat, her rigging and sails


  • Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline
  • Securing a rope to a cleat
  • Use of winches and jamming cleats


  • Experience sailing a yacht on all points of sail
  • Can steer a yacht under sail or power

Rules of the road

  • Can keep an efficient lookout at sea


  • Know where to obtain weather forecast

Man overboard recovery

  • Understand the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

Clothing and equipment

  • Understand and comply with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids

Emergency equipment and precautions

  • Awareness of the hazards onboard a yacht
  • Know the action to be taken in the event of an emergency

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