RYA Start Yachting

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This course is designed for those completely new to sailing, so if you've always watched from afar and want to have a go at yachting, this really is the place to start. The RYA Start Yachting course is a shorter introduction to yachting than its' sister course, Competent Crew, taking place over the course of a weekend. The training is a good opportunity to try yachting for the first time and have a go at various aspects of crewing and sailing in a safe, relaxed and fun environment under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

Course Duration:

We offer the course in two formats, so you may select the option that best suits you from the following options:

  • 2 days and 1 night (from 0930 Saturday to 1600 Sunday)  
  • 3 days and 3 nights (from 1900 Thursday or Friday to 1600 Sunday or Monday).

Pre Requisites:

There are no pre-requisites for this course, it is suitable for absolute beginners, with no sailing experience.

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Course Content:

The RYA Start Yachting course provides a short introduction to yachting for those who wish to learn to sail and is the perfect opportunity to try sailing for the first time. By the end of the course you will no longer be a sailing novice, having gained experienced of steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and awareness of safety issues onboard. The Start Yachting course with Stormforce Coaching is run from our training centre in Southampton and is a fun and relaxed introduction to sailing for beginners.  

Students who complete the RYA Start Yachting course can proceed to complete the RYA Competent Crew course in a shorter period of time. This course can effectively be used as the first 2 or 3 days of the Competent Crew course, meaning you can later attend a further 2 or 3 day course to attain the full 5 day RYA Competent Crew Certificate.

What's Included:

Start Yachting sail training at Stormforce Coaching is comprehensive. We aim to make life as easy as possible for our students and provide the following within the course:

  • Instruction
  • Yacht, gas and diesel
  • Accommodation onboard
  • Meals and snacks onboard
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • RYA Start Yachting Certificate
  • Free Parking at Shamrock Quay Marina ( Subject to terms & Conditions )
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The RYA Start Yachting course is run frequently. If you can't find a suitable date from the list below, please telephone 02380 231122 as we will do our best to arrange a convenient date. 

We can also run the course 1:1 at a time that best suits you and even on your own boat, if you would prefer. Please contact us for details of own boat tuition.

Is this course for me?

This RYA beginner sailing course is suitable for a variety of people and there are many reasons that the RYA Start Yachting course could be for you. If you've always dreamed of getting out on the water but have never had the chance, you may wish to learn some basic sailing skills and practice the essentials under the guidance of an experienced skipper before setting sail by yourself for the first time.

Perhaps you've been around boats for a while, with family and friends taking the helm but have never been actively involved as crew? We understand that it can be difficult to take instruction from those close to you, so you may prefer professional lessons from a trained skipper! Or perhaps you would like to undertake the RYA Competent Crew course, yet don't feel ready for committing to five consecutive days of training. This course will give you a good basic knowledge and will certainly help you to decide whether or not to pursue further sailing qualifications! 

Why choose Stormforce Coaching for this course?:

Stormforce Coaching is a family run business with a strong ethos committed to delivering the best quality training courses. We want you to learn and get the skills you sign up for, but we also want you to have fun. We love sailing and hope that we can share our enthusiasm, passion and experience for the sport with you!

We've been in the business for over a decade and know what works best. We have a team of specialised, experienced Instructors on our full time staff, meaning we do not have to rely on external contractors and can offer our customers a consistently high quality course. It doesn't matter which course you book onto or on which date: you will be guaranteed to receive the best level of training possible. 

We understand that learning to sail for the first time can be a daunting experience, so try to make the RYA Start Yachting course a fun and enjoyable experience. We want you to go away from the course loving sailing as much as we do!

Dates & Booking

Dates & Prices will load below shortly, and you can book online, call the team in the office on +442380 231122, or e-mail coaching@stormforce.biz. If you cannot see dates you require, please do get in touch as we may still be able to assist. VAT is included in all our course/charter/race fees where it is applicable, most products are charged at the standard rate, however some are at the reduced rate, zero rate or not eligible for VAT at all. Any way the price below is the price you pay.


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