RYA Yacht Cruising Program

Sail Cruising on board a boatRYA-logo-trainingSail Cruising

If living on board, cruising the coast or sailing offshore appeals to you, why not give sail cruising a go?

Cruising yachts have accommodation and cooking facilities, offering a degree of comfort whilst spending time afloat. How far you venture is up to you. In our courses you will live on board the yacht and be involved in all aspects of cruising.


Course Length Overview Course Content
RYA-YA Start Yachting 2 days This course is a short introduction to sailing for complete beginners, and by the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. The yacht, ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology
RYA-YA Competent Crew 5 days This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered.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 duties on board Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies


Motor Cruising

Course Length Overview Course Content
RYA-YA Helmsman 2 days This course is ideal for new owners conscious of the difficulty and hazards of boat handling in the marina.It is useful for crews as well as skippers. Apart from the obvious safety benefits of extra boat handlers on board, it adds interest if everyone can contribute to the trip. Boat preparation, boat handling, types of craft, engines and drives, engine operation and maintenance, safety and seamanship, rules of the road, securing to a buoy, berthing alongside, man overboard recovery