RYA Sailing Courses FAQs

Where are you based?

We are based in Gosport Marina in the Solent in Hampshire.

I would like to learn to sail, but have never done anything like this before. Do I need any sailing experience?

Not at all. The RYA Competent Crew sailing course takes you from complete novice to a useful crew member in just 5 days. You could enrol on a 2 day taster sailing course to see if you enjoy it this then counts towards a Competent Crew Sailing course, and would leave you with just three days to complete to be complete competent crew sailing instruction.

I have been sailing a while now and would like to learn more, can I go straight to RYA Day Skipper, or do I need to do a competent crew course first?

No, there is no requirement to complete any course prior to your RYA Day Skipper Sailing course. It is recommended that you have logged at least 100 NM with 4 hours night sailing and have a good understanding of chart work, collision regulations etc.

I would like to do my RYA Day Skipper Sailing course but I haven't done the sailing theory course, does that matter?

Attending the sailing theory course is an advantage, but if you have a knowledge of chartwork, tides, collision regulations and meteorology there is no need to do the sailing theory course.

I would like to do my RYA Day Skipper Sailing course, can you teach me the sailing theory at the same time?

On a 5 day sailing course, there just isn’t time to teach the theory too. We can help with a bit of revision etc, alternatively you can book a full 9 day Combination Sailing Course, which covers all the theory and practical in one go! You will leave us with RYA Day Skipper Shorebased and practical certificates.

I am thinking about doing a Coastal Skipper Sailing Course, I have been told there is an exam at the end of the course, is this the case?

No. This is a common misunderstanding. The RYA Coastal Skipper Sailing course is a 5 day practical course, aimed at improving your boat handling and skippering skills. At the end of it, if all goes well you will be awarded a RYA Coastal Skipper course completion certificate. This course is often confused with the MCA Coastal Skipper exam (now renamed MCA Yachtmaster Coastal) where after 4 days training an Examiner will come aboard at put you through your paces for about 8 hours.

Will I have to get accommodation whilst taking part in a sailing course and what about meals.

Accomodation is provided on the yacht during your sailing course and all meals are included whilst you’re on board.

If you require any further information on our RYA Sailing course, please contact us at enquiries@broadreachsailing.co.uk

Please also take a look at our testimonials page to see what our customers say about us and our reviews on Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor Reviews

      Excellent week combining a good amount of sailing with stopovers to make it a really enjoyable time. Good food aboard with some meals ashore to sample the local fare.


      Having successfully completed the comp crew course with Broad Reach Sailing under the watchful eye of Tony I have recently completed Day Skipper with Simon as the course instructor. Simon... read more


      Simon is really calm cool and collected even when Sailing in rough seas and rain. The food and the marina facilities chosen were absolutely superb.
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