RYA Start Yachting Syllabus

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This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, students will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

1. The Yacht
• Basic Knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails

2. Ropework
• Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline

3. Underway
• Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail
• Can steer a yacht under sail or power

4. Rules of the road
• Can keep an efficient look out at sea

5. Meteorology
• Knows where to obtain a weather forecast

6. Man overboard recovery
• Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

7. Clothing and equipment
• Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses’, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids 

8. Emergency equipment and precautions
• Is aware of hazards on board a yacht
• Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency