RYA Cruising Level 2 – Basic Skills

On completion of the RYA Cruising Level 2 – Basic Skills course you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing a yacht in light winds as crew and helm with a skipper on board.

The course is 16 hours and is taken as a 2 day non - residential course here at Endeavour Sailing. Minimum age is 12. Level 1 and 2 combined will count towards two days of a RYA Competent Crew Sailing Course

Practical Course Syllabus

1. Rigging


  • Understand how to rig according to weather and conditions Reef alongside


  • Use of halyards and their associated winches

2. Sailing Technique and Manoeuvres

Knowledge of

  • Leaving and returning to a jetty or mooring Coming alongside a moored boat Sailing in close proximity to other vessels Performing a man-overboard recovery Lee shore dangers


  • Sailing using transits


  • Use the Four Essentials (sail setting; balance; boat trim; course made good)
  • Tack while sailing upwind, sailing efficiently, losing minimal ground
  • Gybe in a controlled manner while sailing downwind
  • Show good communication when manoeuvring
  • Understand and show awareness of other water users
  • Sail around a short course using all points of sail and crewing skills
  • Anchor

3. Ropework


  • Tie a bowline, clove hitch and reef knot

4. Racing

Knowledge of

  • The course starting procedure (covered as onshore session)

5. Rigging


  • Reef afloat

6. Ropework


  • Use winches and cleats

7. Use of Engines

Knowledge of

  • Engine checks; starting, stopping and running procedures
  • Picking up a mooring


  • Coming alongside

8. Emergency Equipment and Precautions

Knowledge of

  • A VHF Radio and how it could be used for distress signalling


  • How to launch and board a life raft
  • How cold-water shock can affect a casualty in the water
  • The importance of first aid kits and flares, including stowage


Sailing Theory Syllabus

1. Clothing and equipment


  • The importance of personal safety


  • Comply with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, life jackets and buoyancy aids

2. Slipping and Coming Alongside


  • Take the action to be taken as a crew member when departing or arriving at a yacht’s mooring

3. Sailing Background

Knowledge of

  • How a sail works
  • How a sailing boat moves (basic theory)


  • Basic rules of the road; collision avoidance; power/sail; port/starboard; windward boat; overtaking boat
  • The points of sailing and the ‘no go zone’

4. Meteorology

Knowledge of

  • The Beaufort Wind scale
  • Inshore forecasts and their interpretation
  • A simple synoptic chart


  • Sources of relevant weather forecasts
  • When to reef

5. Coastal Waters (Tidal and Non-tidal)

Knowledge of

  • Tide tables


  • How to apply weather forecasts in coastal waters
  • The tidal sequence of springs and neaps , and ebb and flow
  • Speed over ground with/against tidal flow
  • The effect of wind direction and tidal flow on sailing conditions
  • How to access local information and advice for sea sailing
  • The importance of informing someone ashore of your sailing plan

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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