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RYA Sailing School South Africa
RYA Start Yachting
Pre-requisites: No previous sailing experience required.
Duration: 2 Days: Saturday to Sunday
Qualify For: THis is merely an introductory course into sailing
Modules / Certificates:

RYA Start Yachting

Course Outline

RYA Start Yachting Course

Overview: This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the module, participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety on board. Holders of a Start Yachting Certificate can obtain a Competent Crew certificate, simply by completing a further 3 days or 2 weekends of the RYA Competent  Crew course.

Full Course Outline

Once completed, you will:

  • The yacht – gain basic knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails.
  • Rope work – learn how to tie a figure of eight, round turn, two half hitches and a bowline. You will also learn how to secure a rope to a cleat, use winches and jamming cleats.
  • Underway – enjoy the experience of sailing a yacht on all points of sail. You will get to steer a yacht under sail or power.
  • Rules of the road – learn how to keep an efficient lookout at sea.
  • Meteorology – know where to obtain a weather forecast.
  • Man overboard recovery – understand the action to be taken to recover a sailor who has fallen overboard.
  • Clothing and equipment – you will be taught how to comply with the rules that govern the wearing of safety harnesses, life jackets and personal buoyancy aids.
  • Emergency equipment and precautions – you will be made aware of hazards on board a yacht and taught what action to take in the event of an emergency.


is NOT included in the 2 days.