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RYA Basic Skills Level 2

2 Days£230.00

This course is the second part of the RYA training scheme and for those who have completed the RYA Level 1 Start Sailing course or have equivalent experience. The course takes place over one weekend.

On completion of this course the successful sailor will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing without an instructor on board in light winds. 

Tuition is provided by trained instructors, using appropriate supervision ratios i.e. 1:6 in single handed dinghies and 1:3 in crewed dinghies with an instructor on board.


In dinghies or multihulls, capsize recovery will be conducted in a controlled manner, one boat at a time, with a suitable rescue boat in attendance.

The students knowledge and ability will be assessed on a continuous basis, although an oral interview or short written paper may be used as the basis for theory assessment if required. Students will be kept informed of their individual progress through out the course.



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Course Syllabus

Sailing theory and background

  • Points of sailing and No Go Zone
  • How a sail works - basic aerodynamic theory
  • Sea sailing - basic advice for inland sailors including taking
  • Local advice. Tide tables, tidal sequence of springs and neaps, ebb and flow
  • The effect of wind direction and tidal flow on sailing conditions
  • Speed over ground with/against tidal flow
  • Estuaries and harbour mouths - conditions and hazards
  • Informing someone ashore
  • Inland sailing - basic advice including local byelaws, permits, overhead power lines, locks and weirs
  • The dangers of hypothermia and the importance of first aid training, particularly cardio pulmonary resuscitation

Meteorology - Knows sources of weather and shipping forecasts, when to reef Understands Beaufort Wind Scale.

Clothing and equipment - Knows importance of personal safety, clothing and buoyancy, boat buoyancy and basic equipment depending on type of boat (may include anchor, paddle, bucket, bilge pump)

Emergency equipment and precautions - Knows importance of first aid kit and flares including stowage. Visual methods of attracting attention, action to help those in distress.



  • Understands how to rig according to weather conditions.
  • Able to reef ashore.

Ropework - Can tie a bowline, clove hitch, reef knot and rolling hitch.

Sailing techniques and manoeuvres

  • The five Essentials - sail setting, balance, trim, course made good and centreboard.
  • Leaving and returning to a beach, jetty or mooring.
  • Coming alongside a moored boat.
  • Knows basic rules of the road: power/sail, port/starboard, windward boat, overtaking boat.
  • Aware of lee shore dangers, sailing in close company with others and man overboard recovery.

Launching and recovery

  • Has knowledge of boat storage ashore, launching and recovery.
  • Able to paddle a sailing dinghy and row a boat around a short triangular course, come alongside and make fast.

Capsize recovery - Has practical experience of one method of righting a boat and knowledge of at least one other method.


Use of engine (if fitted)

  • Has knowledge of engine checks, starting, stopping and running procedures and is able to come alongside and pick up a mooring

Coastal (optional)

Sailing techniques

  • Capable of practical application of the Practical section of Level 2 in coastal waters
  • Able to anchor, (keelboats only) sail using transits
  • Understands how to apply weather forecasts in coastal waters

Experienced sailors direct assessment

The candidate must present logged evidence of at least one full seasons sailing experience. He/she will satisfactorily complete all of the Practical section and while afloat, satisfactorily answer questions on the Sailing background section. Candidates seeking assessment on coastal waters will demonstrate a proper knowledge of the Coastal section


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