Please note we aim to run this course, but if we cannot due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will transfer your place to a later date or issue a refund.
Due to restrictions in place during COVID-19, we are limiting places on board to a maximum of 3.
The RYA have approved the running of sailing courses where candidates can go home in the evening, so this course is planned to run Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
This means we can limit the amount of time spent in close quarters below deck, and therefore make it easier to follow social distancing guidelines. If restrictions are lifted further before this course runs, we will review how we run the training and contact you.
This is a 5x day Sailing course, with both of the following course levels available:
RYA Competent Crew
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, and assist in all the day to day duties on board.
Previous experience: None
Assumed knowledge: None
Content: 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
Commercial use: None – although many deck crew undertake this course for vessel familiarity and to show a level of knowledge.
RYA Day Skipper Sail
This is a course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.
Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.
Previous experience: 5 Days afloat
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Day Skipper shorebased standard
Content: Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising
Assessment: Continual training and assessment
Commercial use: When commercially endorsed, qualifies holder to skipper a commercial yacht up to 24m in length in Category 6 (3 miles NDP daylight) or 5 (20 miles NDP daylight) waters (Cat 5 when combined with day skipper theory certificate).
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