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The RYA Start Yachting course is a 2 day introductory course for complete beginners. Tuition is on board a cruising yacht and by the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and have an awareness of safety on board.

The Start Yachting course begins on a Friday evening giving you the chance to get settled in to life onboard before setting sail the next day. You are expected to stay onboard for the duration of the course and all of your meals are provided on our highly equipped yachts. This course will have you working with your other crew members to sail the yacht safety while also experiencing the beautiful scenery of the local rivers and coast.

What’s included?

  • You will be coached over the full RYA course syllabus as you live aboard one of the school owned yachts.
  • All meals are provided for the duration of the course including a home cooked wholesome and hearty evening meal, exactly what you need after a day’s sailing and learning!
  • Accommodation on board – you are required to bring a sleeping bag with you & you can expect to stay overnight at other local marinas
  • Parking – available at Suffolk Yacht Harbour
  • All mooring fees, safety equipment, fuel and tuition from one of our experienced RYA instructors.

Maximum teaching ratio - 4:1 

Course language - English

One weekend commencing at 2030 hours on Friday and ending Sunday afternoon, available most weekends from March to October.

RYA Start Yachting Tidal Practical Certificate.

Holders of a Start Yachting certificate can go on to obtain a Competent Crew certificate by completing a further 3 days or 2 weekends of the Competent Crew course. This Start Yachting course will provide you with a good foundation for many years of happy and confident cruising.

If the weather is not looking great or is forecast to be a bit chilly or windy you can hire wet weather gear from us.

Musto Waterproofs available in S, M, L, XL and XXL. £20.00 for the weekend.

You are expected to bring the following comfort pack items with you; however if you don't want to bring your best duck down pillow or you haven't got a sleeping bag, don't worry you can hire a comfort pack from us!

A Comfort Pack comprises of a freshly laundered sleeping bag with liner, pillow, pillow case and towel. £15.00 for the weekend.

The Yacht

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


Understands how to tie a bowline

Can tie the following knots:

  • Figure of eight
  • Round turn
  • Two half hitches

Can secure a rope to a cleat 

Can use winches and jamming cleats


Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail

Can steer a yacht under power and sail

Rules of the road

Can keep an efficient lookout at sea


Understands where to obtain a weather forecast

Man overboard recovery

Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

The effects of cold-water shock on a casulty 

Clothing and equipment

Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of life jackets, safety harnesses and personal buoyancy aids

Emergency equipment and precautions

Is aware of the hazards on board a yacht

Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency

Course Availability

Start Yachting

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24th September '21 Places Available £315.00 Book Now
01st October '21 Places Available £315.00 Book Now
08th October '21 Places Available £315.00 Book Now
15th October '21 Fully Booked £315.00 Unavailable
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