RYA Courses

“Unbelievable experience, the mixture of being on the water and chatting to like-minded people was worth more than any counselling session.”
Sailing participant
“Turn to Starboard has helped me on the road to recovery and I shall never forget it.”
Sailing participant
“Spending time as a family doing something we wouldn’t usually do was a brilliant adventure.”
Family Sail participants
“It’s been an amazing experience and feels like my soul has been recharged. Brilliant couple of days.”
Sailing participant
 ‘My daddy came back from Afghanistan – but when we went sailing, he really came back.’ 
Family Sail participant
“When I came to Turn to Starboard I felt scared and nervous … the week on the yacht was amazing … I felt part of a team.”
Sailing participant
“What an experience! … a chance to be a family. Thank you so much”
Family Sail participant
“For the first time in many years I have a purpose in life. I have goals to qualify as a RYA Yachtmaster. I feel alive again.”
Sailing participant
"We all had a fantastic time and not only acquired new skills but relished the family time we had away from all the distractions of everyday life and the stress of my injuries."
Family Sail participant
"Since my engagement with Turn to Starboard, life has taken on a new meaning and purpose. "
Sailing participant
"I felt in a better place and it markedly improved my interaction with others, delivering a new sense of purpose, value and belonging."
Sailing participant
"Turn to Starboard provides much-needed aid to a steady and growing stream of beneficiaries "
Charity Patron - Sir Dusty Miller
"We believe there is something immeasurable about seeing the world from the sea. Sailing promotes a can-do attitude, a sense of well-being and camaraderie amongst all who participate."
Turn to Starboard CEO and founder Shaun Pascoe

If you love being outdoors and want to learn a new sport, with or without the family, then there’s no reason you can’t take up sailing at Turn to Starboard. The peace and tranquillity of the wind and sea is a unique feeling and can make life seem suddenly simple.

The more confident you get the more you can explore, so taking an RYA course is great place to start. Our RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses are taught by qualified instructors and are perfect for getting to grip with the basics. We also offer the chance for participants to complete a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore programme.

Participants can learn at their own pace from our professional and RYA qualified sailing instructors. So whether your end goal is to spend more quality time on the water or to find a new career, there’s a course for you.

All of our sailing courses, are taught on vessels which are fully equipped with the latest safety and navigation equipment. Our experienced instructors will ensure that your sailing is safe, challenging and rewarding.

Days on the water means hearty appetites, so we provide fresh food and generous portions on all our sailing trips – all free of charge.

Our boats are free for participants to live on board during their stay, and you are welcome to use of the marina’s facilities.


Contact us to find out more.  


No sailing experience is necessary to embark upon a Competent Crew qualification. This course is for beginners who would like to be more hands on when out sailing with friends or family. It is about developing confident, active crew members. Course content is varied and will include:

  • Terminology
  • Rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Meteorology


An internationally recognised RYA Day Skipper certificate provides beneficiaries with the skills required to confidently charter a yacht for short passages. On-board beneficiaries will develop basic practical skippering skills and will cover:

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engine checks
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Night cruising


The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, canal and river boat cruising, and personal watercraft.


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