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Course FAQ's: RYA Multihull Level 1 (Basic Skills)

How much will this course cost including exam fees?

Up to $450/390 EUROS/£300 depending on the time of year and where you take it.

What will you get out of the course?

From a complete novice you will learn how to sail a multihull in light winds at all points of sail. In short, you will learn just enough to get an idea what sailing multihulls is about.

Multihulls are extremely quick and a lot of fun. You will get wet, have fun, and get a taste for speed!

What are your limits after passing the Multihull Level 1 course?

You should be able to sail a catamaran or trimaran in light winds under supervision.

Is this theory, practical or both?

The course is entirely practical though you will cover elements of theory such as points of sail, how to avoid collisions, as well as the Rules of the Road.

Where can you take the Multihull Level 1 course?

You can take the course anywhere that has RYA accreditation to teach it.

Can you do it in another country?

Yes. The RYA has approved training centres all over the world.

What level of experience do you need before you begin it?

You need no experience at all, and can do the course from the age of 8.

How long does the course take?

It takes two days.

What does the RYA Multihull Level 1  course involve?

Over two days you will learn how to rig the boat and set it up. You will cover safety equipment such as buoyancy aid usage and good clothing for dinghy sailing. You will cover how to launch the boat and get sailing.

On the water you will learn how to sail down wind, close hauled and on a reach, as well as how to gybe and tack. You will cover capsize drills and finally, how to safely land and de-rig the boat. Have a look at the RYA website for an idea what it involves.

How do I progress after completing the course?

You can progress through the RYA syllabus. You might end up doing some or all of the RYA racing syllabus or learning how to go for an extended day sail.

Does the Multihull Level 1 course give you international accreditation?


Where can I learn more about this course?

See the RYA website for a better idea what the sailing course involves. 

You can also find further information here.

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