RYA ICC Course

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RYA ICC Flotilla Training Course

Aim: To teach personal safety, navigation and yacht handling skills required to charter a yacht on a flotilla holiday. 

Sail Handling

  • Hoisting, setting, reefing and handling of sails
  • Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches

Rope Work

  • Handling ropes, including coiling and securing to a cleat
  • Ability to tie the following knots; clove hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches


  • Understands how to use life jackets and a life raft
  • Can operate distress flares
  • Can carry out engine checks
  • Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard
  • Safe operation of the safety equipment
  • VHF radio mayday procedure


  • Can interpret a navigational chart
  • Can plot a fix onto a chart from GPS and visual bearings
  • Can establish a course to steer
  • Interpret navigational lights
  • Source information for local port regulations
  • Use of GPS in practical navigation

Rules of the Road

  • Is able to keep a safe lookout at sea
  • Understands the correct action to be taken to avoid a collision
  • Is able to understand appropriate sound signals


  • Understands and complies with loading rules
  • Is able to handle a dinghy under oars


  • Awareness of forecasting information and understands the Beaufort scale

Practical Sailing

  • Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sail
  • Can safely carry out manoeuvres including tacking and gybing
  • Can steer a compass course, under sail and power

Power Handling

  • Can safely control the yacht in all situations ie., coming alongside, at anchor, securing to a mooring buoy
  • Able to moor stern to and retrieve a lazy line