RYA Learn to Sail Courses

Venture Sailing offers sailing courses under the prestigious RYA sail cruising scheme. RYA certificates are amongst the most widely recognised and respected in the world and there are courses for every level of experience.

All teaching boats are equipped to UK DoT standards with respect to safety gear and provide a safe, comfortable sailing experience.

All of the courses we offer are run in locations with sunny climates. We never forget that you're on holiday too and whenever possible do try to accommodate a lunchtime stop at anchor to enjoy some well earned lunch and a swim in the crystal clear waters!


Competent Crew Course

This course provides a general introduction to sail cruising so that by the end of the week you should be able to tie knots, steer the yacht, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines aboard.

Suggested minimum pre-course experience: None, suitable for complete novices or dinghy sailors wanting to get started in yachting.


Day Skipper Course (tidal or non-tidal)

This practical course gives you the chance to take charge when mooring up and on short passages under instruction with advice and help from the instructor. You'll also get plenty of chance to practice mooring up in many different situations. By the end of the course you should have enough experience to safely skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

Suggested minimum pre-course experience: Completion of the Competent Crew course or 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht. Basic navigation and sailing ability. Day Skipper theory an advantage.


Coastal Skipper Course (tidal or non-tidal)

An advanced skippering course suitable for those with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation that are usually aspiring towards a Certificate of Competence.

Suggested minimum pre-course experience:15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours.
Assumed Knowledge : Navigation to Coastal Skipper standard. Sailing to Day Skipper Practical standard.


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