Course Overview

Whilst we have always provided courses for females to take part in, we have often found that ladies are more apprehensive prior to the start of a course. With that in mind, for 2018, we will be launching Ladies Only RYA Courses. These courses will allow you to still reach the same level of qualification, whilst in the company of other women. The number of female students taking Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Day Skipper is increasing every year, so why not join us, either alone or get a group of friends involved.
From feedback, there are a variety of reasons our students give for wanting to take part in a female only course. Ladies often feel that the men take over (sorry men) and don’t give them a chance to prove themselves. Or that perhaps they are not as physically able as some men, and feel that might cause issues during the course. Ladies might just want a break from the men in your life. And of course, there are the sleeping arrangements, and the potential of having to share a cabin/boat with a man you do not know. Also, females tend to learn differently than men, and by offering female-only courses, you will learn to sail and gain confidence with other like-minded females in an atmosphere that suits your learning style. Whatever the reason, females love to learn to sail but feel nervous about the perception that it is a male-dominated sport.

Book and complete this course between October and March and receive your RYA SRC Radio course for just £39.00

Price :FROM £399.00

Pre-Course Experience

No experience required.

Assumed Knowledge


Student Instructor Ratio

Maximum 5:1


5 days or 2 weekends

Course 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
Ability after Course

Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day-to-day routines.

Course Syllabus

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
Sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.

Sail handling
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails.

Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.

Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards.

Handling warps.

Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use: figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot.

Fire precautions and fighting
Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire.

Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire.

Personal safety equipment
Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.

Man Overboard
Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard.

Emergency equipment
Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used.

Understands how to launch and board a liferaft.

Manners and customs
Understands accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed.

Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment.

Rules of the road
Is able to keep and efficient lookout at sea.

Understands and complies with the loading rules.

Is able to handle a dinghy under oars.

Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale.

Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness Helmsmanship and sailing.

Helmsmanship and sailing
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power.

General duties
Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel.

What’s Included

When you book a course with Bacchus Yachting we do our best to ensure there are no extra fees – everything you need to complete your course is included:

  • A shared cabin on board one of our yachts
  • Meals and refreshments whilst on board(except the evening of joining and one other)
  • All mooring fees
  • All fuel costs
  • Use of safety kit (wet weather gear can be hired should you need it)
  • RYA certification for all successful students


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