Start Yachting

A short introduction to sailing for complete beginners.

By the end of the course 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 Competence Crew course in a reduced time of three days or two weekends.

Pre-course experience None
Assumed knowledge None
Minimum duration 2 days.
Minimum age None
Course content The yacht, ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology
Ability after the course Basic knowledge of yachting.
Full Syllabus

This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, students will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

1. The Yacht

Basic Knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

2. Ropework

Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline

3. Underway

Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail

Can steer a yacht under sail or power

4. Rules of the road

Can keep an efficient look out at sea

5. Meteorology

Knows where to obtain a weather forecast

6. Man overboard recovery

Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

7. Clothing and equipment

Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses’, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids

8. Emergency equipment and precautions

Is aware of hazards on board a yacht

Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency