RYA Courses

We offer the opportunity for individuals affected by operational tours to receive five days of expert tuition to achieve a RYA Day Skipper and/or Competent Crew qualification.

We offer the opportunity for individuals affected by operational tours to have five days’ expert tuition to achieve an RYA Day Skipper and/or Competent Crew qualification. 


In addition to what we offer here at Turn to Starboard, Help for Heroes are also kindly supporting a number of individuals through both RYA courses in 2015.  

If you are interested in taking part as a beneficiary or are considering sponsoring this programme, or one like it, please get in touch. 

Tel: 01326 314262

Email: Info@TurntoStarboard.co.uk

What does it involve?

RYA Day Skipper

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
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engine checks
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising.

Competent Crew

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
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship
  • General duties
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Dinghies

Our Partners

  • Produly supported by Help for Heroes
  • Supported by the Royal Air Forces Association
  • Supported by The Soldiers Charity
  • Supported by The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity

  • Supported by The Endeavour Fund
  • Supported by The Royal British Legion
  • Superyacht Charities
  • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund