The RYA Start Yachting course is delivered over a weekend and the course provides the basic seamanship skills required for sail cruising. The RYA Start Yachting course is delivered onboard one of our modern yachts where you will be living for the weekend. During Saturday and Sunday you will experience steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and safety on the water in a fun filled environment.
There is no need to book separate accommodation as you will be staying on board our yacht, which offers comfortable accommodation for 4/5 students and your RYA instructor.

Your RYA Start Yachting course price also includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and freshly prepared evening meals
  • Wet weather and safety equipment
  • Tuition and your RYA Start Yachting course certificate
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits
  • Marina facilities of showers and free wifi
  • Free parking

RYA Start Yachting Course – Friday Evening

Meet your Instructor and fellow crew members at Neyland Marina. Over the crews first supper together your instructor will explain the weather forecast and tidal conditions for the weekend and discuss the course itinerary. Before jumping into sleeping bags for a good nights rest, you may wish to explore the marina facilities and pop into one of the local hostelries.

RYA Start Yachting Course – Saturday & Sunday

The boat orientation allows you to familiarise yourself with all with the working parts of a sailing vessel from stem to stern. Your instructor will take you through the aspects of sea safety and safety equipment. Each crew member will be carefully considered and fitted with all required safety gear. Now the sailing begins. Destinations and itineraries vary depending on weather and tidal conditions. A typical weekend will included an overnight stay in a lovely anchorage or harbour and exploring the Pembrokeshire waterways. Many of our students observe and photograph some of the famous wildlife found around our shores from dolphins, seals, puffins and other rare seabirds. Check out our gallery board for some of our student experiences.

On completing the weekend course and receiving your Start Yachting certificate you can easily upgrade to a Competent Crew certificate by completing a further two weekends.