RYA Practical Courses come in five levels. You don’t need to start at the beginning if you already have some experience. 

Call the clubline on 0208 643 4292, and can talk you through the most appropriate options for you.  

For more detail on progressing through the Theory and Practical courses, check out the RYA Route Map by opening the Online Brochure for Practical and Shorebased Training and turning to page 2.

RYA Start Yachting only £159

The two day RYA Start Yachting is an introductory course to sailing for complete beginners.

It’s a great course to establish whether or not you wish to take up the pastime without investing too much time and money.

By the end of the course participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety onboard.

If you wish to continue further into the RYA Sail Cruising Scheme then you can join the 3 day RYA Competent Crew course to receive your competent crew certificate.

11th – 13th May 2018


RYA Competent Crew only £410

This RYA Competent crew sailing course is a five day and night on board experience. It’s an introduction for the complete novice to cruising under sail and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to RYA Competent crew level.

This superb course is designed to make you a useful crew member onboard a cruising yacht and a valuable addition for any skipper.


2nd – 7th April 2017
23rd – 28th April 2017
7th -12th May 2017
21st – 26th May 2017
4th – 9th June 2017 (Ladies Only)
18th – 23rd June 2017
16th – 21st July 2017 
10th – 15th September 2017 
8th – 13rd October 2017


RYA Competent Crew (3 Day) only £269

This three day Competent Crew course is a follow up to the Start Yachting course. 

Upon successful completion the student will be awarded the RYA Competent crew certificate.

13th – 16th June 2017


RYA Day Skipper  only £410

The RYA Day Skipper course is a five day and night on board experience to teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling. 

On successful completion the student should have the knowledge and skills to act as skipper of a small yacht  in familiar waters during daylight hours.

You can charter one of the club yachts with this qualification.


   23rd – 27th April 2018
 14th – 18th May 2018
 21st -28th May 2018
 4th – 8th June 2018
 25th – 29th June 2018 (Ladies Only)
16th – 20st July 2018 
6th – 10th August 2018 
10th – 14th September 2018


 RYA Coastal Skipper (non-assessed) Only     £410


This course is not for the beginner.  The Coastal Skipper course is an advanced five day and night on board intensive course.  

The aim is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on longer coastal passages by day and night.

This course is without the pressure of an RYA Examination at the end.




24th to 28th September 2018


RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam Prep only £475


This is an advanced seven day on board intensive course. The aim is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on longer coastal passages by day and night.

It covers all aspects of skippering but focusses on the close quarters boat handling and precise night time pilotage.

This is designed to prepare you for examination by an independent RYA examiner for the award of a DoT certificate for Yachtmaster Coastal.



1st to 7th October 2018


RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Prep only £475

This is an advanced seven day on board intensive course. The aim is to hone the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.

This is designed to prepare you for examination by an independent RYA examiner for the award of a DoT certificate for Yachtmaster Offshore.

It is recommended that you seek the advice of a club instructor before undertaking this course.




1st to 7th October 2018


RYA Course – Price Comparison 2018

There is often discussion from members regarding our course rates and we are ever mindful that we should keep our prices at an advantageous rate for members.

To demonstrate this and to keep you fully informed, the following are some examples of Day Skipper Practical prices which we regularly monitor to ensure our competitiveness.

It is often difficult to make direct comparisons as many companies charge for such things as wet weather gear, moorings or food. Others will run courses with 5 students.

Our courses are always limited to 4 students to maximise the learning potential. The following is based on a 5 day course.

CompanyPrice (£)Extras Charged
MPSC410None - All Included
Sunsail559Marina Fees
Hamble School of Yachting510 - 540None
Ambition515 - 535Waterproofs
Cornish Cruising525None
Sailing Logic549None
  • Diary of Events

    28th April
    29th April
    06th Oct
    7th Oct
    Intro to sailing days
    Never sailed ?
    Want to no what its like?
    Come and have a go and see if its for you only £40 pp
    23rd - 27th April
    Comp crew / Day skipper course
    One place left,
    a great chance to improve your skills.
    Or come along as a rope puller at a reduced rate, call the club line for more details
    14th - 15th AprilClose quarters boat handling, build confidence and gain experience.
    £145 pp
    22nd JuneFirst Aid Course
    Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.
    14th - 18th May
    21st - 25th May
    Comp crew / Day skipper Practical
    Come and have fun whilst learning and gaining a useful qualification.
    Places still available
    11th - 13th MayStart yachting
    This two day practical course is entirely boat based. There is no fixed route, and passage planning based on weather forecasts will form part of
    the course. You can expect to explore a variety of locations in and around the Solent and
    experience anchoring up, berthing in a marina and picking up a mooring buoy.
    23rd - 28th SeptemberPSUK National Offshore sailing championships 2018
    Any datesIf you can spare a few hours helping out at the base call the club line or drop us an email