RYA START YACHTING COURSE – detailed syllabus


Duration of course: 2 days

This course introduces the students to the following fundamental topics necessary to be able to steer a yacht:

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
  • Ability to secure a rope to a cleat
  • Ability to use winches and jamming cleats

3. Underway

  • Has knowledge sailing a yacht on all points of sail
  • Able to steer a yacht under sail or power

4. Rules of the Road

  • Ability to keep an efficient lookout 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
  • Understands the effects of cold water shock on a casualty

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

(Source: Royal Yachting Association Syllabus and Logbook G15/10)

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