The benefits of taking your RYA course online vs. classroom study.
You’re on the path to getting trained up! You’ve made an excellent decision in seeking professional training – it’s not uncommon for people to underestimate how much there is to know about the sea, boats, weather and safety, and so sadly, a lot of folk get caught out sooner or later and end up in either some scary scenarios, needing to be rescued or needing to phone their boat insurance! The problem is – they don’t know what they don’t know until it’s too late.
The next question is: Why do we need to decide between online and classroom? Aren’t we learning to drive a boat? Well, yes. You will need practical lessons on a boat, but a bit like taking your driving test, there is theory to learn too. Learning to navigate, learning about the weather, tidal heights and tidal streams all require quite some concentration and realistically, a flat surface and a room that’s not rolling around!
Getting out on the water for the first time can be a daunting task, navigating through the range of sailing courses and qualifications can be overwhelming. In this blog, we are going to explain the different yachting schemes available around the world (ASA, RYA etc), the qualifications they can offer, and discover the best path for you.
This applies to anyone wanting to sail or motor any yacht under 500 tonnes, most yachts are only around 10 tonnes!
So, it’s your first time going yachting? You want to learn to sail? Whether you are stepping foot on a motor-cruiser or sailing vessel, the basics of boat etiquette are largely the same. We’ve compiled a short guide for how to prepare for your first sailing trip!
We’ll cover packing essentials, how to avoid seasickness and set you up with expectations of what you might get up to once on board. By reading our beginners sailing tips you can make sure you avoid the most common errors, and make sure your introduction to sailing is easy-breezy. Allow that idyllic sailing dream to become a reality!
So, for some reason or another, you’ve been inspired to learn to sail. Perhaps it was watching the Olympics, the America’s cup, or seeing a boat show take place. Maybe your friends won’t shut up about it and actually they’ve convinced you to give it a try. Now you’re wondering, how to start sailing? How do I find a place that does sailing for beginners.
Perhaps you’ve already checked out our blog: Boating, Sailing, Motoring, Yachting, Which One Is for Me?
It may seem impossible at first – boats are expensive, so who’s just going to let you, a total novice, jump on board and take the helm?! And how do I learn to sail near me? But, don’t worry, it’s actually MUCH easier than you might think to start sailing.
We’ll talk you through several options, including a few that could get you on board for a taster, for FREE.
Looking out across the water watching all the boats gliding along on a summer evening you might wish you were out there with them, you might think ‘how do I take up boating?’
Breaking into the world of boating is easy, but first you need to decide what type of boat you want to be on. There are many disciplines in boating and whilst they all have some commonality, an expert on one type of vessel could easily be a disaster on another. For example, a dinghy sailor with no engine experience will not be safe to operate a motor cruiser, and a motor yacht skipper could get into a lot of trouble attempting to use a mast and sails. A more familiar analogy could be the difference between riding a bicycle and driving a car; the rules of the road are the same but how you handle your vehicle is vastly different.
This blog applies to anyone who is yet to get out on the water, or who has very limited experience, and wants to learn to sail. We will look at all the different boating disciplines and learn enough to decide which type of boating we would like to take part in most, this should help you realise your dream much more realistically.