CourseA friendly, relaxed and easy learning environment to train with whilst being a stickler for safety and detail.
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions.
Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth.
Knows how to change fuel and water. filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system.
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard.
Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft.
Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message.
Understands how to secure a tow.
Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.
Gain milesHave the trip of your life in the Caribbean while you expand your off shore experience and get many more miles in your logbook.
Helmsmanship and sailingUnderstands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing.
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power.
JibA jib is a triangular staysail that sets ahead of the foremast of a sailing vessel. Its tack is fixed to the bowsprit, to the bow, or to the deck between the bowsprit and the foremost mast. Jibs and spinnakers are the two main types of headsails on a modern boat..
LateenA lateen or latin-rig is a triangular sail set on a long yard mounted at an angle on the mast, and running in a fore-and-aft direction.
Maintenance and repair work
Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks.
Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes.
Knows sources of forecast information.
Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid.
NavigationIs proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:
Taking and plotting visual fixes.
Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing.
Use of waypoints Working up to DR and EP.
Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams.
Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift.
Knowledge of IALA buoyage.
Maintenance of navigational records.
Use of echo sounder and lead line.
Night cruisingHas experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour.
Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.
Passage makingCan plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew.
Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour.
Understands the use of leading and clearing lines.
Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage.
Rule of the road
Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
RYA training is forward thinking and designed for whatever level of skill, professionalism and knowledge you want to achieve.
SeasicknessWorking efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness.
SkipperWorking efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness.
Yacht handling under power
Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide.
Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing.