Course Overview

RYA Start Yachting is a short introduction to sailing ideal for complete beginners. If you’ve always wondered what sailing was like and wanted to give it a go, then this is the course for you. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competent Crew course. Your instructor will guide you through safe procedures and check you are at ease and comfortable whilst on a yacht.

The emphasis is on learning basic skills while having fun. You’ll be welcomed by one of our friendly knowledgeable skippers and during your time on board you will be encouraged to participate fully enabling you to understand how life on board a yacht works.

By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sailing a basic course, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety on board. You may find you are a natural and want to join us again.

Book and complete this course between October and March and receive your RYA SRC Radio course for just £39.00 (normal price £99.00).

Price : £220.00

Pre-Course Experience

No experience required.

Assumed Knowledge


Student Instructor Ratio

Maximum 5:1


2 days or 1 weekend

Course Content
  • The yacht
  • Ropework
  • Underway
  • Rules of the road
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Emergency equipment and precautions
  • Meteorology
Ability after Course

You’ll have a basic understanding of life on board a yacht, including knowledge that is useful towards becoming a competent crew. You will leave with a much better idea of whether you would like to spend more time on the water.

Course Syllabus

RYA Start Yachting Syllabus

The Yacht
Basic Knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline

Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail
Can steer a yacht under sail or power

Rules of the road

Can keep an efficient look out at sea

Knows where to obtain a weather forecast

Man overboard recovery

Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

Clothing and equipment

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

Emergency equipment and precautions
Is aware of hazards on board a yacht
Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency

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 for the night of joining
  • Mooring fees (home marinas only)
  • 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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