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Helmsman's Course

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This RYA two-day course covers basic boat handling, helmsmanship, safety and basic engine maintenance. It aims to teach boat handling & safety within a defined area. It is specific to the type of boat in which the course is carried out and is therefore particularly suitable as an own boat course for new owners of motor cruisers who are conscious of the difficulty and potential hazards of boat handling in the marina. It is useful for crews as well as skippers. Apart from the obvious safety benefits of extra boat handlers on board, it adds interest if everyone can contribute to the trip.



Student at the helm of the motor yacht during a night sail

Pre-Course Requirements

The RYA Helmsman's course was designed for students with little experience, therefore there are no formal course requirements other than students being over the age of 12. All sailing courses require a certain amount of physical activity.  If you are unsure as to your ability to take part in a course please contact us to discuss. 

Course Syllabus

The RYA Helmsman's course is a 2-day course that starts at 0930 and finishes at variable times depending on the day.


The Course Syllabus includes:

  • Boat Preparation

  • Boat Handling

  • Securing to a buoy

  • Berthing alongside

  • Man Overboard

  • Types of craft

  • Engines and Drives

  • Engine Operation and Maintenance

  • Safety and Seamanship,

  • Rules of the Road.

Start and Finish Location: Estepona

Student at the helm of the motor yacht
Sarah's Lucky Lady cutting through the waves

What's Included

  • Basic Food Provisions

  • Accommodation

  • Towels

  • Bedding

  • Life Jackets

  • Fuel and Marina Costs

What to Bring

Sailors are exposed to the elements and must always be prepared for 4 seasons. Due to limited storage on board, we always recommend you bring lightweight clothing to suit all possible weather scenarios. Key things to bring include;

  • Sun Protection 

  • Sun Glasses 

  • Boat Friendly Shoes

  • Passport 

  • Shorts & T-shirts 

  • Light Trousers 

  • Bathing Equipment 

  • Lightweight Jumper or Jacket 

  • Personal Care Equipment (Shampoo, Deodorant, prescription Medicines)

  • Anti Sea Sickness Tablets - especially if not an experienced sailor.

Students at the helm of the motor yacht during a sunset
Successful student with their certificate in front of the Sail & Power sign

Post Course

After being awarded your Helmsman's Course Certificate and with some more sailing miles under your belt, you will be ready to take on the 4-day RYA Day Skipper Motor Course!


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