RYA Practical UK

We have a busy schedule of training over the forthcoming year offering the full range of RYA yacht sailing courses. All our courses take place onboard our training vessel, Charlotte Elizabeth, a Moody 37 berthed at Levington Marina; a marina with excellent facilities and conveniently located with access to the East Coast and River Orwell and Stour.

We offer the full range of RYA Yacht Sailing courses. To find out more about any of the RYA training courses, download the RYA Sail Cruising Leaflet (PDF).

Start Yachting

A 2 day introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

Course fees
Winter 2016/7 (up to 31 March): £225 | Summer 2017: £275

Competent Crew

A 5 day course ideal for beginners who want to get actively involved in sailing. You will learn about sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, helmsmanship and more. 

This course can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (2 days + 3 days or 3 days + 2 days).

Course fees
Winter 2016/7 (up to 31 March): £525 | Summer 2017: £575

International certificate of competence (ICC)

Many European countries require the skipper of a pleasure craft to be able to provide evidence of his or her competence which can be obtained by attending a two day course and completion of a competence exam. 

Course fees
Winter 2016/7 (up to 31 March): £225 | Summer 2017: £250

Day Skipper

A 5 day course for more experienced individuals who already have some sailing experience and basic navigation skills. You will learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety.

This course can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (2 days + 3 days or 3 days + 2 days).

Course fees
Winter 2016/7 (up to 31 March): £525 | Summer 2017: £575

Day Skipper - combined theory & practical

An ideal format to move from Competent Crew to Day skipper in one course. You can experience this very focussed and demanding event with like-minded people who are time poor and often become sailing friends for life

This course is taken over 10 consecutive days.

Course fees
Winter 2016/7 (up to 31 March): £900 | Summer 2017: £1075

Coastal Skipper

An advanced 5 day course for individuals who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation. You will learn to skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

This course can be taken over 5 consecutive days or over 2 weekends (2 days + 3 days or 3 days + 2 days).

Course fees
Winter 2016/7 (up to 31 March): £525 | Summer 2017: £575

Practical tidal sailing

For those who have qualified abroad in non tidal waters, we offer a 2 day conversion course around our more challenging coastline and rivers. This course meets the RYA competencies and will include the following:

  • Use of Almanac Tide Tables
  • Standard & Secondary Ports
  • Calculating Tidal Times & Heights
  • Tidal Curves
  • Calculating Clearances below Overhead Objects
  • Tidal Stream Atlases
  • Tidal Stream Diamonds
  • Meteorological Effects
  • Course to steer
  • Estimated position
  • Berthing and unberthing under power
  • Mooring buoy, anchoring in varying winds and tides - sail and power


Course fees

Winter 2016/7 (up to 31 March): £225 | Summer 2017: £250

Yachtmaster™ (Coastal & Offshore) Preparation Course

A highly respected qualification, recognised internationally, proving your experience and competence as a skipper. There is no formal training course to become a YachMaster. However you will need a number of days for refreshing of key skills and preparation for the rigorous one day examination. You must have suitable experience as assessed by the chief instructor and to have logged 4000 miles. 

(please note: Your examination fees payable directly to the RYA Examiner on the day and vessel charter contribution for the Examination are not included with your course fees)

2017 Summer course dates

2 day weekend dates
1 - 2 April | 29 - 30 April | 20 - 21 May | 10 - 11 June | 27 - 28 June | 1 - 2 July | 22 - 23 July | 5 - 6 August | 26 - 27 August | 2 - 3 September | 23 - 24 September


3 day weekend dates
8 - 10 April | 22 - 24 April | 6 - 8 May | 27 - 29 May | 24 - 26 June | 15 - 17 July | 15 - 17 July | 19 - 21 August | 16 - 18 September | 30 Sept - 2 October


5 day dates
15 - 19 April | 13 - 17 May | 17 - 21 June | 8 - 12 July | 12 - 16 August | 9 - 13 September


10 day dates (combined theory & practical)
5 - 14 September


Yachtmaster™ (Coastal & Offshore) Preparation Course
20 - 22 September, with exam on 27th September
All-inclusive price of £599 plus RYA Examination fee


 

If you don't see the dates you are looking for, please contact us as we will try to be flexible to accommodate you.

2016/17 Winter course dates

2 day weekend dates
5-6 November | 26-27 November | 3-4 December | 4-5 February | 25 - 26 February | 4 - 5 March | 25 - 26 March


3 day weekend dates
11 - 13 November | 10 - 12 December | 11-13 February | 11 - 13 March


5 day dates
19 - 23 November | 18 - 22 February | 18 - 22 March


10 day dates (combined theory & practical)
15-23 November | 14 -22 February | 14-22 March


If you don't see the dates you are looking for, please contact us as we will try to be flexible to accommodate you.

No hidden extras

We don't add any surcharge for completing our 5 day courses over 2 weekends and all our courses include the following:

> Life jacket
> RYA log book
> All food taken aboard
> Marina fees

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