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Adult learn to
sail pathways

Our adult learn to sail programs are based on the RYA sailing programs and syllabus. They are designed to provide you with the required skills in sailing and navigation, plus the time and experience on the water to make you confident and comfortable to head out on a sail cruising yacht.

The RYA Sailing Syllabus

The RYA Sailing Courses are designed for the complete novice through to professional Yachtmasters. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster qualifications are recognised internationally, and are commonly held in the superyacht industry by commercial skippers. The sailing programs and syllabus are thorough and designed to give you the skills and experience to be comfortable and confident on the water.


Beginner to RYA Competent Crew

Build your skills to the level required to be a competent member of crew on board a cruising yacht.

This pathway is designed for the complete beginner, and will provide you with an introduction to sailing on cruising yachts, and will enable you to act as an effective member of crew on board. By the end of this pathway you will feel confident to be on board a cruising yacht following skipper instructions and assisting the skipper and other crew with the sailing of the vessel.
What can I do with this?

There are many opportunities for people at this level, including participating in afternoon fun races from your local yacht club to assisting with coastal short passage yacht deliveries.

Recommended courses

We recommend you complete both of the below courses to be a truly ‘competent’ member of crew. The practical course is essential and the online theory course is a highly recommended course to build your knowledge and capability beyond simply being a crew member. These courses can be completed in any order, however the ideal progression is laid out below.


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Package pricing


The individual investment for this course is $1,890. Purchased as a package this pathway is $1,795. To receive the package pricing enter the coupon code: Pathway1 on the booking page when booking your preferred dates on each course above.


Beginner to RYA Day Skipper

Build your skills and experience to the level required to skipper a cruising yacht and manage the crew.

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