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RYA Helmsman

A two-day course covering basic boat handling, engine checks and safety. 

This course is ideal for new owners conscious of the difficulty and 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.

Pre-course experience

None

Assumed knowledge

None

Minimum duration

2 days

Minimum age

12

Course content

Boat preparation, boat handling, types of craft, engines and drives, engine operation and maintenance, safety and seamanship, rules of the road, securing to a buoy, berthing alongside, man overboard recovery

Ability after the course

Competent to a handle motor cruiser of a specific type in sheltered waters