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FAQ’s:  About The RYA Keelboat Seamanship Skills Course

How much does the RYA Keelboat Seamanship Skills course cost?

The price to take this course (including any exam fees) will be around $450/ £300 / 400 EUROS depending on where and at what time of year you choose to do it.

What will you get out of the course?

You will learn the things that will get you home without calling on outside help. You will look at reefing, anchoring, pilotage as well as man overboard and other minor situations you are likely to face in your keelboat sailing career.

The course will teach you to be more independent, and perhaps more confident about sailing around the coast on a short trip. You will learn techniques that if observed will get everyone home in one piece without resorting to calling the rescue services.

Is this theory, practical or both?

The seamanship skills course is part theory and part practical. You may be lucky enough never to use a man overboard drill in anger, but having that in your portfolio of skills will mean you use it if you ever need it.

Where can you take the course?

You can take this course anywhere in the world with RYA accreditation to teach it. Click the button below this page to find your nearest school.

What level of experience do you need before you begin?

You should have sailing skills equivalent to the standard of the RYA level 2 and Level 3, or the RYA Competent Crewe course.

How long does the course take?

The duration of the keelboat seamanship skills course is 2 days, consecutively. In total there will be 15 hours tuition.

What does this course involve?

You will cover launching and recovering the boat in different situations, anchoring, and man overboard drills. You will also cover reefing the sails should the winds build, and sea sense that will enable you to make the decision to go home before things get hairy.

You will learn how to heave-to at sea – using the sails to stop the boat, which can be invaluable in some situations.

How do I progress after completing the RYA Keelboat Seamanship Skills course?

Consider the RYA Keelboat Day Sailing course or other improvers and advanced courses run by the RYA.

Does it give you international accreditation?

No, it will however prove your experience.

Where can you learn more about the course?

Have a look at the RYA website for more information about the course.

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