RYA Start Yachting Syllabus

The RYA Sart Yachting Course is taught on board a sail cruising yacht of 7 – 15 metres in length. It gives you a short introduction to sailing cruising and is perfect for novices.

You will experience steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework, and be aware of safety on board.

You require no pre-course experience.

The course is taken as 2 days and is a residential course.

Minimum age is 8.

RYA Start Yachting Syllabus

1. The Yacht

Knowledge of

  • Sea terms: Parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

2. Ropework


  • The bowline


  • Tie the following knots: Figure of eight; Round turn and two half hitches
  • Secure a rope to a cleat
  • Use winches and jamming cleats

3. Under way

Knowledge of

  • Sailing a yacht on all points of sail


  • Steer a yacht under sail or power

4. Rules of the Road


  • Keep an efficient lookout at sea

5. Meteorology


  • Where to obtain a weather forecast

6. Man Overboard Recovery


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

7. Clothing and Equipment


  • Good practice for the wearing of safety harnesses, life jackets and personal buoyancy aids

8. Emergency Equipment and Precautions


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

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands


Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
Phone 0034 928 849 670
Mobile 0034 628 478 400

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