General

Do your boats meet safety requirements?
What’s included in my course fee?
Where will I go on my course?
Will I get sea sick?
Do I need insurance?
Do I need to do an actual course to come sailing?
I am a complete novice and want to go sailing with my friends but don't want to get in the way. What course would help me to understand more?
Despite being a boat owner for many years, I have only ever sailed in tidal waters. I would now like to go on some longer coastal passages but as this is new to me I would like some tuition.
Is there parking available?
There is a large, free car park here in the marina where you can leave you car for the duration of your course. We cannot however accept responsibility for loss or damage to cars or their contents.

Practical

Do courses over 3 weekends have to be consecutive weekend?
No. However, we do recommend not to leave any longer than 4 weeks between each weekend
Do I receive a certificate after every course?
Yes, Every successful candidate will receive an official RYA course completion certificate
Is there a minimum age for a course?
There is no minimum age for the RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew course. Children under 16 years of age however should be accompanies by a legal parent. The minimum age for the RYA Days Skipper & Coastal Skipper is 16 The minimum age for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal & Yachtmaster Offshore is 18 There is no minimum age for all of the recommended courses
Do I have to be a RYA member before taking a course?
No. Becoming a member is a personal choice.
I already have sailing experience but no certificates. Do I have to start at the beginning of the ladder?
No. As long as you meet the prerequisite requirements for the chosen course you can enrol.
Is there an expiry date for the RYA certificates?
No. There is no expiry date for the course completion certificates.
How do I prove my previous sailing experience?
All your previous experience, sea miles and days at sea you can put in a logbook, spread sheet or similar.
What if I lost my certificates?
Lost certificates can be replaced by the training center where you took your course. RYA Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper are registered with the RYA and they will sent you a replacement for a small fee.
Are the recommended courses required?
While the recommended courses are not required, we highly suggest that students take them in order to increase their level, understanding and skill.

What to Bring

What do I need to bring?
Warm clothes including hat, scarf, sailing gloves and thermal underwear. It is better several thin layers rather than two thick layers. If you are just starting out sailing there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive clothing. Even a cheap set of thermal long johns and vest will keep you warm. Don't forget sunglasses, sun cream, your wash kit and a towel. Soft holdalls only please (no trolleys). You will also need a small amount of spending money for trips ashore.
What footwear do I need to bring?
Sailing boots are advisable along with deck shoes or non-marking trainers. A pair of cheap slippers for the public showers is also advisable.
Do I need to bring my passport?
If you are coming on a Cross Channel trip or Distance Cruise please don't forget your passport or ID card. By Dutch law you must be able to identify yourself at all times!
Can I bring my mobile phone?
You can indeed bring your mobile phone. As many people come along sailing to get away from everyday life or as a holiday, during teaching times we would ask that phones are turned off to avoid distraction unless of course you are expecting an urgent call. Mobile phone coverage is only up to approximately 10 miles from land which will generally give you coverage on all courses except distance sails and cross channel trips.

Onboard

Do I sleep onboard?
Will I have to share a cabin?
Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?
Are all meals provided?
Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?
Will we be in a marina every night?
How many students will there be on my boat?
Who does the cooking onboard?
Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger or hairdryer?
Can I smoke onboard?

Onboard

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Do I sleep onboard?
For all practical courses you will sleep onboard the yacht.
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Will I have to share a cabin?
It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.
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Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?
There are heads (toilets) and showers onboard each yacht. When you are in a marina you can also use the shoreside facilities available.
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Are all meals provided?
On all practical sailing courses we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard except for one evening. We also supply plenty of snacks to keep you going during the day. On shorebased and power boat courses no meals are provided. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included.
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Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?
We can only cater for basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians and food allergies. When you book your course just let us know if you require any special diets.
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Will we be in a marina every night?
Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of the sail cruising training you may also spend a night or two on a mooring buoy or a secluded anchorage. After all, sailing is about adventure!
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How many students will there be on my boat?
We take a maximum of 5 students per boat on sailing courses. All of our boats are capable of taking more than these numbers so there will be plenty of room for everyone onboard.
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Who does the cooking onboard?
Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor. Please feel free to bring your own special recipe.
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Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger or hairdryer?
All of our yachts have 12 volt sockets which can be used during sailing. Standard 2 pin plug sockets for 230 Volt power can be used when you are in a marina and the yacht is connected to shore power.
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Can I smoke onboard?
Smoking is permitted onboard, however as it is in close confines with other people we would ask that you have consideration for your fellow crew members and only smoke at the back of the boat and downwind. Off course it would be polite to ask your fellow crew first. No smoking is allowed inside the yacht!

Other

My ambition is to leave my current job behind and work in the sailing industry. What level of qualification will I need?
Although the majority of jobs in the sailing industry will require you to have the Yachtmaster certificate there are some positions that will accept the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal qualification. Your certificate will need to be commercially endorsed which means you will also need a Sea Survival certificate and attend a medical with your GP. Our Fast Track course may be able to help you achieve your dreams.