RYA Start Yachting Syllabus

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RYA Start Yachting Aim: To provide a short introduction for novices to sail cruising.   By the end of this 2 day course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework, and be aware of safety on board.  

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat, her rigging and sails.


  • Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches
  • Ability to secure a rope to a cleat
  • Ability to use winches and jamming cleats
  • Understands the correct use of a bowline


  • Knowledge of sailing a yacht on all points of sail
  • Can steer a yacht under sail or power

Rules of the Road

  • Can keep an efficient lookout at sea


  • Understands where to obtain a weather forecast

Man Overboard Recovery

  • Understands the action to be taken as crew to recover a man overboard
  • Understands the effects of cold water shock on a casualty

Clothing and Equipment

  • Undetstands good practice for the weating of safety harnesses, life jackets and personal buoncy aids

Emergency Equipment and Precautions

  • Understands the hazards on board a yacht
  • Understands the Actions to be taken in the event of an emergency 

If you have any questions about the RYA Start Yachting course you can contact us on 07925 784407 or info@jollyparrot.co.uk.

You may also be interested in reading the RYA Competent Crew syllabus