RYA Start Yachting

RYA Start Yachting

Join us on board one of our fully equipped training yachts for this exciting introduction to yachting. You will experience the thrill of being on the open water helming a yacht in the busy bay of Gibraltar and just a stones throw from the African coast.  Accommodation is included onboard the yacht in our home marina where you can sample a wide range of restaurants and bars or even wander into Gibraltar town centre for even more variety. You may of course prefer to stay ashore in a hotel (at your cost).  This is a 2 day course starting and finishing in Queensway Quay Marina, Gibraltar.

What to expect:

A brief introduction to sailing for complete beginners.  You'll achieve a basic undertanding of the yacht, ropework, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions and meteorology. This course counts as 2 days training toward your RYA Competent crew course.

What's included?

  • Accommodation onboard throughout the course
  • Lunch and refreshments 
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Bedding and towels
  • Safety equipment
  • Mooring fees
  • All charts and publications
  • A jolly good Instructor!
  • Fun!

On successful completion you'll be awarded the RYA Start Yachting certificate.

Experience required:

None – just a sense of humour and a desire to learn how to sail!

Course schedule:

Starts: 09:30 Saturday at Queensway Quay Marina, Gibraltar.  

Ends: 16:30 Sunday at Queensway Quay Marina, Gibraltar 

This is a 2 day course. 

Accommodation on board is available on the Friday evening by prior arrangement at a cost of £50.   Contact us to reserve your berth

Joining Instructions for RYA Start Yachting

Course cost:  

Low Season (1st November - 31st March) from :  £249

High Season (1st April - 31st October) from : £299

Option for own cabin:

To guarantee your own cabin for your Gibraltar to Africa adventure, please select from available dates below.  Alternatively, you may wish to book yourself into a hotel in Ceuta for the night (at your expense).

Low Season (1st November - 31st March) from:  £349

High Season (1st April - 31st October) from: £399

How to book:

It's easy!  Just select the course date you want below.  Click on book, confirm that this is the course and date that you want and then complete your details on our secure online booking system.  A 25% deposit is all that's needed, with the balance payable 30 days before your course starts. 

What's next?

On completion of this 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 Competent Crew course in a reduced time of 3 days. 

Once you’ve completed the RYA Competent Crew course, the perfect next step is our RYA Day Skipper Fast Track course which will allow you to charter and skipper yachts all around the world!

Note: If you already know that you love sailing and have longer term ambitions, you might want to consider our Novice to RYA Day Skipper programme, which offers the RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper practical courses in one 14 day experience.

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Have a Question?

If you have any questions please email us or call on +44 7925 784407 or see our Frequently Asked Questions.