Practical Learning

Practical Yacht Sailing Skill Development

We recognise that everyone learns in their particular individual manner. We offer a full range of bespoke learning and course development processes for your sailing progression so please speak with us to discuss your particular needs and best learning style. We can offer 1:1 learning, small group private skippered charter and this can be done either day by day, weekend or on a weekly basis to achieve the particular skills that you are after or possibly your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) if you wish to charter abroad.

We also can offer RYA practical yacht sailing courses. These are all delivered by highly qualified and patient instructors, who will ensure that you have a truly memorable and fun experience whether it is your first time to yacht sailing and you are looking to learn to sail – or you are an ‘old salt’ wanting to achieve your Yachtmaster.

Learning and Development

For those preferring to learn specific skills in a more relaxed environment, advance beyond Day Skipper to practice certain elements or just experience life afloat as a beginner with excellent fresh cuisine, good drinkable wine and the occasional cheeky ‘G&T’ plus a social element – look at our variety  of sailing tuition weekends. Excellent for bringing the other half on to get them involved with sailing with fantastic instruction ratios of up to 3:1!

Those requiring that all important mile-building for the log book check out our France , Channel Islands, cross channel, Scotland sailing cruises and holidays.

RYA Courses and Price

The table below gives an overview of the practical courses that we offer from some of our RYA training school partners, along with the prices for each. Courses are run throughout the year, with our peak season being between April and September. Hamble School of Yachting deliver our Solent based RYA courses from Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble which is also the home base for Yachtforce’s yachts.  Lagoon Watersports deliver the Brighton Marina based RYA courses. For more information on each course including upcoming dates and prerequisites, simply click the tabs below and more information will be displayed below. You book direct with ourselves – the prices are the same and often you will be aboard one of Yachtforce’s yachts (if you have already sailed with us that is).

Learn to sail a yacht! – get on board here as a sailing beginner and come off a well-accomplished member of the crew. You can complete the first weekend as a yacht sailing taster and purchase your second weekend later to complete the course or buy the 5 day course up front.

Assumed Experience: None, but a bit of dinghy sailing helps.
You will learn all the basic skills of crewing on your sailing yacht as well as living aboard, visiting the beautiful anchorages and historic ports of the Solent and depending upon the weather, some longer passages. Your RYA sailing instructor will teach you, at your pace, all the basic nautical skills that you require to become a useful member of the yachts crew.You will learn to sail, all aspects of safety, knots, terms, rope handling skills, be taught how to react to a ‘man overboard’ situation and obtain at least 4 hours of night sailing experience. At the end of the course you will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew Certificate.

Course Format October – March April – September
 5 Days – Monday – Friday  £510  £540
 5 Days – Weekends  £580  £660
3 Day + 2 Day Weekend £599 £630

When:
Sunday  evening– Friday (Courses start on a Sunday evening 6.30pm)
Tuesday evening – Sunday (Courses start on a Tuesday evening 6.30pm)
Weekend Courses – These run every weekend, please phone for exact dates. It will be run over 3 weekends or a bank holiday plus a weekend.

From: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble, Southampton or Brighton Marina. This course is run every week and weekend. Please call us for the latest availability.

What’s Included:  All food except the evening of joining, wet weather gear and accommodation on board. Mooring fees are an extra and we suggest that you budget approximately £15 per weekend or £20 for the 3 or 5 day course.

Lots of close quarter handling, mooring in a range of marinas and smaller picturesque ports offering more interesting ways to tie up for the night. With all these places to visit on your course, you get plenty of experience planning and completing passages, with one being a night sail, often a favourite, and enjoy your visits ashore to the local attractions.  You will sail off to other ports overnight on the weekend or for the whole 5 days on weekday courses. Once you have achieved you Day Skipper practical you are able to obtain your ICC (International Certificate of Competence) – allowing you to charter in the Med.

Assumed Experience: Day Skipper Theory & previous sailing experience – ask for details

Course Format October – March April – September
 5 Days – Monday – Friday  £510  £540
 5 Days – Weekends  £580  £660
3 Day + 2 Day Weekend £599 £630

When:
Sunday  evening– Friday (Courses start on a Sunday evening 6.30pm)
Tuesday evening – Sunday (Courses start on a Tuesday evening 6.30pm)
Weekend Courses – These run every weekend, please phone for exact dates. It will be run over 3 weekends or a bank holiday plus a weekend.

From: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble, Southampton or Brighton Marina. This course is run every week and weekend. Please call us for the latest availability.

What’s Included:  All food except the evening of joining, wet weather gear and accommodation on board. Mooring fees are an extra and we suggest that you budget approximately £15 per weekend or £20 for the 3 or 5 day course.

Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. During the RYA Coastal Skipper course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping, preparation for sea and handling heavy weather. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht and have at least 4 hours night sailing. Weather permitting the yacht will undertake a longer coastal passage.

At the successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and will be able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently.

Previous Experience Required: 15 days aboard, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles logged and 8 night hours. A knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level. 

Course Format October – March April – September
 5 Days  £510  £540

When: Sunday  evening 6.30pm – Friday 4pm

From: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble, Southampton or Brighton Marina. This course is run every week and weekend. Please call us for the latest availability.

What’s Included:  All food except the evening of joining, wet weather gear and accommodation on board. Mooring fees are an extra and we suggest that you budget approximately £20 for the 5 day course.

Course Format October – March April – September
 7 Days – 5 + 2 Days Exam  £690  £690
Yachtmaster Exam Fees Coastal – £181 Offshore – £210

A RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

Yachtmaster Coastal Assumed Experience: 30 days aboard, 2 days as Skipper, 800 miles logged, 12 night hours (Half the qualifying sea-time must have been conducted in tidal waters). 1st Aid, VHF Radio GMDSS 

Yachtmaster Offshore Assumed Experience: 2,500 Sea Miles, 1st Aid, VHF Radio GMDSS – ask your instructor if you are ready yet…

Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and sea time, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge. Many Yachtmaster candidates choose to book themselves into an RYA training centre for some tailor-made tuition to prepare them for the exam, but this is not compulsory.

We run a Yachtmaster preparation course over 5 days, followed by the examination which can be up to 2 days depending upon the numbers examined and conditions.

In addition to the quoted price there is a fee payable to the RYA for the examination fee (see above). We recommend you call to check your suitability for this course before booking.

Courses start on a Sunday evening from Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble, Southampton.  Please call us for the latest availability.