RYA Sail Cruising Level One – Start Sailing

RYA Level One – Start Sailing – Getting Afloat – 2 Day Course

This two day course is the foundation for your sailing future and is a great, safe way to experience sailing a large cruising yacht. From here you will want to build on the techniques to cope with all weather and water conditions you will come across when sailing independently. No previous experience is necessary.

The techniques you learn are the foundation of your sailing future. We teach at your pace and there is no exam or test at the end of the course as we use an ongoing assessment to make sure you understand what is going on.

We supply and RYA Sail Cruising logbook and certificate to record your achievement and this allows you to see how your sailing develops

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    Start Sailing Level One is a great way to be introduced to sailing a cruising yacht. The two day course involves preparing the yacht for sailing and leaving and returning to the home berth whilst the instructor explains the function of everything you will need whilst out on the water


    £175 per person per day (minimum of two training) – £350 for two people

    £350 per day for one to one tuition

    Cost to complete the two day Level 1 course is £700 for two people



    • Introduction to the equipment onboard
    • Personal safety gear and how to use it
    • Tying and tidying all ropes and lines
    • Hoisting sails
    • Steering or helming
    • Wind awareness and how to see it


    • Theory includes basic collision regulations
    • Safety gear and stowage
    • Weather reports and where to find them
    • Crew wellbeing

    General Information

    RYA Level 1 – Start Sailing – Getting Afloat – 2 Day Course

    Knowledge Level and Previous Experience:  None Required

    This 2 day course will introduce you to sailing and go through the basics of handling a yacht with some simple theory and useful techniques.


    Learn wind awareness, Knowledge of spars and rigging, parts of the sail, sail controls and winches.


    Can tie figure of eight knot, round turn and two half hitches, and secure use of cleats

    Sailing Techniques

    Practical manoeuvres such as – reaching, sailing across the wind; stopping – lying-to. Controlling speed. Tacking – turning the bow of the boat through the wind and sailing upwind. Sailing downwind using controlled gybes – turning the back of the boat through the wind.

    Man Overboard Recovery

    Understand the action to be taken to recover a man overboard. Clothing and equipment. Understand the use of safety harnesses and lifejacket.

    Emergency Equipment & Precautions

    Awareness of potential hazards, gas and fuel; use and stowage of fire extinguishers.

    Sailing Background and Theory

    Collision regulations, avoiding other water users. Basic rules of the road – power versus sail, port versus starboard, overtaking and windward boats.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Importance of personal buoyancy.


    Has awareness of onshore and offshore winds; know sources of weather information.