RYA Yachting

Yachting is a great way to take to the water. At Swansea Watersports we offer a range of courses from Start yachting to Coastal Skipper.  By taking part in yacht course you can make sure that you learn boating the safe way.

Have a look at some of the courses we have on offer by clicking on the links below.

Level 1 – RYA Start Yachting

 Duration: 2 day, £275

Course information and content

The start sailing course is a two-day course for the introduction into sailing. Giving you a basic understanding of yacht handling.

The course will cover

  • Personal safety
  • Slipping and coming alongside
  • Sailing Theory
  • Yacht handling
  • Basic safety at sea.

We aim to spend most of the day on the boat, so after a briefing and introduction we will get kitted up and onto the water. By the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of yacht handling under sail as well as the relevant background knowledge. It is recommended that all participants consolidate this short introduction with the Basic Skills Course.

Required experience – none

Minimum age 12

Kit and Clothing

Swansea Watersports supplies a range of technical equipment including waterproofs and Lifejackets. However you are very welcome to bring your own if you wish.

RYA Cruising Level 2 – Basic Skills

 Duration: 2 days, £275 per person

Course information and content

This two-day course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge that were learnt on the Cruising level one – start sailing course. Giving you a better understanding and ability so you will feel more comfortable sailing a yacht.

This course will cover

  • Rigging
  • Sailing techniques
  • Manoeuvring
  • Ropework

On completion of this course, you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing a yacht as crew and helm with a skipper on board in light winds

Required experience – Basic skills to the level of Sail Cruising Start Sailing or Start Sailing on the National Sailing Scheme.

Minimum age 12

Kit and Clothing

Swansea Watersports supplies a range of technical equipment including waterproofs and Lifejackets. However you are very welcome to bring your own if you wish.

RYA Competent Crew Sail

 Duration: 5 day, £625

Course information and content

This is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of the course, you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy, and assist in all day-to-day routines.

The course is 5 days long, which we can run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus a weekend. If you have already done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 days.

This course will cover

  • Knowledge of sea terms
  • Parts of a boat
  • Rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire precautions and fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship
  • General duties and manners

Required experience – none

Minimum age 12

Kit and Clothing

Swansea Watersports supplies a range of technical equipment including waterproofs and buoyancy aids. However you are very welcome to bring your own if you wish.

RYA Day Skipper Sail

 Duration: 5 days (unless completed RYA level 1 star yachting then it is 3 days), £625 per person

Course information and content

The RYA Day Skipper Tidal Practical Course is designed to show and instruct you, on how to take command safely and confidently of a yacht in known waters by day.  As a skipper you have many responsibilities.

Our knowledgeable and calm instructors will coach you in these techniques and guide you through step by step, and then you will hone your skills by skippering designated passages. You will visit different anchorages and marinas, and you will plan a passage and a pilotage plan and put it into practice.  Also included is night sailing to allow you to experience the joy and awe of sailing at night as well as some of the problems in identifying different lights and landmarks at night.

The course will cover

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising

More details –  The RYA Day Skipper Theory course will take your navigation and theory knowledge to the standard required for the practical course. If you aren’t sure your sailing is up to speed, a RYA Level 2 Dinghy course is good way to learn or refresh your skills.

Required experience – Basic sailing ability. 5 days, 100 miles and 4-night hours onboard a sailing yacht. Navigation and theory knowledge to Day Skipper Shore based level.

Minimum age 16

Kit and Clothing

Swansea Watersports supplies a range of technical equipment including waterproofs and lifejackets. However you are very welcome to bring your own if you wish.

RYA Coastal Skipper Sail

Duration: 5 day, £675

Course information and content

The RYA Coastal Skipper Course covers advanced skippering techniques in terms of boat handling and passage planning. Moving you from the shorter day passages at Day Skipper level to longer coastal passages.

The course also focuses on giving you a higher level of independence, crew management, watch-keeping routines and navigating in both day and night, which is often in unfamiliar waters, so a higher level of overall navigational and pilotage skills is required

The course will cover

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Advance yacht handling
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations

More details – The RYA Coastal skipper/yachtmaster offshore theory course will take your navigation and theory knowledge to the standard required for the practical course.

Required experience – 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8-night hours

Minimum age is 17

Kit and Clothing

Swansea Watersports supplies a range of technical equipment including waterproofs and Lifejackets. However you are very welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Specialised Courses

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Please contact us to arrange your course or for more information.

Sometimes we have requests for individually tailored courses: There are a number of topics which these can cover. If this is something you are interested in, please contact us and we can discuss your requirements.