RYA Start Sailing (Level 1)



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RYA Start Sailing

Course Details

The RYA Start Sailing (Level 1) course covers the basic knowledge and practical skills for adults aged 18+ to get onto the water. This course is perfect for adults who have expressed an interest in sailing, want to try a new sport or enjoyed themselves on a Discover Sailing Session.

Our qualified RYA Instructors work to the RYA National Sailing Scheme, so you can be sure you are receiving a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.

Course Cost

£100 per person

All participants must be a member of Aylesbury Sailing Club before booking

Course Duration

2 Days (9am – 5pm total of 16 hours)


Aylesbury Sailing Club, Weston Turville

Theory Knowledge Covered

Wind awareness/ direction
Sail and Foil Controls
Parts of the boat
Stopping, Controlling Speed and getting out of irons
Parts of the boat and sail – how do they work?
Knots (Figure of 8, Round turn and two half hitches and cleating)
Local Hazards
Preparing for a tow
Clothing and Equipment
Meteorology including Beaufort Scale and when to reef

Student to Instructor Ratio

Maximum 9:1
With current COVID Guidelines and restrictions indoors this is currently limited to 6:1

Included in Cost

RYA Logbook and Certificate upon successful completion

Sailing Challenges

Rigging/ Naming Race
Triangular Course
Follow my leader on a beam reach
Mast Walking
Rubber Ducky Award

Practical Skills Taught

Rigging a boat
Steer when sailing and being towed
Steer on a reach and tack
Triangular Course
Tacking Upwind
Paddle or row
Call for assistance
Confident in the water with a buoyancy aid on.
Capsize Recovery
Stowing and manoeuvring a boat on shore

How to Book

To book onto any of the dates shown below please email aylesburysailingclubcourses@gmail.com to confirm spaces first, once spaces are confirmed please complete the registration form, along with making payment.

Once you have received email confirmation of your booking and the joining instructions you are able to attend on your selected date.