These Joining Instructions cover the following Keelboat courses taught on board our keelboats.

For RYA Keelboat Instructor Courses please go to the Instructor Courses Joining Instructions page. For own boat tuition please see the Own Boat Tuition Joining Instructions Page.


Keelboat Courses meet at the Training Centre at Shamrock Quay Marina. Directions can be found here. Parking is free on site for our customers (as long as you have registered with the marina). 


  • 2-day courses starts at 0930 and finishes by 1700 each day
  • 5-evening courses start at 1800 and finish at 2045 each week
  • 5-day racing courses start at 0930 on the first day and 0900 on subsequent days, finish times vary


Lunch is not included, you can either bring a packed lunch or eat at the cafe next door. Tea and Coffee is included throughout the day and you can help yourself at the centre.


If you require accommodation you will find a list of some local accommodation at Southampton Accommodation.


The pre requisites for each course are listed on the individual course pages (click on the links in the bullet points list above)


All students are provided with a buoyancy aid and it should be worn whenever you are afloat. If you would prefer to wear your own buoyancy aid than you may do so. It must be of a minimum 50 Newtons, be well fitting and in good condition. Non-swimmers are provided with an automatic inflation 150N life jacket instead


  • Warm clothing
  • Cap, hat, gloves, sun-cream, sunglasses (depending on season)
  • Waterproofs (or hire ours for £5/day))
  • Towel & change of clothes (just in case)
  • Wellies (or footwear that can get wet) 
  • Note pad and pen
  • RYA logbook

Those use to dinghy sailing may be tempted to wear a wetsuit, we would advise against this, the chances of submersion in the sea are very small as our keelboats do not capsize.

If you intend to take any more courses we also recommend you purchase the RYA logbook. 

Buy RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop


The certificate is usually issued at the end of the course. RYA certification is awarded at the discretion of your instructor and the Principal.


You may wish to take some photographs during your course to take home and share with friends and family. Please feel free to snap away (as long as other students are happy to have their photographs taken). We’d love to see your photos, so please do post any images captured whilst on a course with us onto our Facebook page. We run a monthly competition to find the best, or most entertaining, course photo. This can include something amusing you’ve seen whilst on the water: as long as the picture was taken while you were on a course with us, it’s valid for entry! Every month one of our students wins a £50 voucher to redeem against their next course, race or charter.


RYA Keelboat Level 1 & 2 Courses

Buy RYA Start Sailing - Beginners Handbook at the RYA Shop

RYA Keelboat Spinnaker, Seamanship and Performance Courses

Buy RYA Dinghy Sailing - Advanced Handbook at the RYA Shop

RYA Keelboat Day Sailing Courses

Buy RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes - 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop 

RYA Keelboat Racing Courses

Buy RYA Racing for Yachts and Keelboats at the RYA Shop




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