RYA Start Yachting


The RYA Start Yachting course is a 2 day introductory course for complete beginners. Tuition is on board of one of our cruising yachts. 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. This course is all about experiencing sailing in an enjoyable and relaxed way. Most likely, you will get bitten by the sailing bug, making this course the start of your new passion.






Course content

The Start Yachting course begins on the evening before the first course day, giving you the chance to get settled in to life onboard before setting sail the next day. You will stay onboard for the duration of this 2 day course. During the course you will be working with your other crew members to learn sailing the yacht while also experiencing the beautiful scenery and harbours of the local Oosterschelde estuary and lakes.


Ability after the course

The Start Yachting course will provide you with a good foundation and the confidence to start enjoying sail cruising. 


What's included

  • Tuition by one of our instructors
  • Accommodation (2 nights) on board
  • RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques handbook
  • All meals and drinks on board 
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises 
  • Certificate of course completion


Next steps and courses

After completing the Start Yachting course, you can go on to obtain a Competent Crew certificate by completing a further 3 days or 2 weekends of the Competent Crew course at our training centre. 




Details of this course

Duration: 2 days (during weekdays or a weekend)


Previous experience:  None required


Assumed knowledge:  None required


Number of students:   3


Cost: 430 euro for course during weekdays

            cost of course during weekend on request


Course dates:

  • Please enquire for availablity dates.







Overview of all our RYA practical courses



RYA Start Yachting

start yachting

Introductory course for beginning crew members, acquiring experience on board a sailing yacht



RYA Competent Crew


Learn to steer, sail and manoeuvre a sailing yacht. This course lays the foundation for becoming a knowledgeable and active crew member

RYA Day Skipper

day skipper

Intermediate practical sailing course for competent crew members and beginning skippers, with focus on navigation and boat handling


RYA Coastal Skipper


Advanced course for skippers, preparing them for long (day and night) coastal and offshore passages, with lots of emphasis on passage planning, safety and navigation skills.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep


Five days of coaching by our chief instructor to prepare yourself for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal examination



RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep


Get yourself properly prepared for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore examination with some solid coaching and honing of your skills




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