RYA Try Sailing

RYA Try Sailing /Start Yachting is a short introduction to sailing for complete beginners.


By the end of these sailing lessons you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of three days or two weekends.

Learn more about our Crew Briefing—joining your boat and what to bring.


2 Days – delivered as two separate days

Previous Experience

This course lets you enjoy the fun and experience of sailing with no previous experience.

Assumed Knowledge

This short sail training course assumes no prior knowledge

Minimum Age


Ability After the Course

You will have a sound basic knowledge of yachting.

Course Content

The Yacht
– Basic knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

– Ability to tie the following knots :- figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline
– Securing a rope to a cleat
– Use of winches and jamming cleats

– Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail
– Can steer a yacht under power and sail

Rules of the road
– Can keep an efficient lookout at sea

– Knows where to obtain a weather forecast

Man overboard recovery
– Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

Clothing and equipment
-Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of life jackets, safety harnesses and personal buoyancy aids

Emergency equipment and precautions
-Is aware of the hazards on board a yacht
-Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency

Course Dates and Locations

Please see course calender for where and when we are running this course, view availability and secure your place through our booking system. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 944 974 and make your booking by phone. If your chosen course is not running at the time you want, or for group bookings, please email us.