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RYA Level 2 – Basic Skills (Keelboat)

September 9, 2021 September 10, 2021


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On completion of this two-day keelboat course, you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing without an instructor on board in light winds. It is assumed you have already mastered and absorbed the practical skills from RYA Level 1 (Start Sailing).

Course Content

Practical Skills


How to rig according to weather conditions

Sailing techniques

Leaving and returning to a jetty or mooring
Coming alongside a moored boat
Sailing in close company
Performing a man overboard recovery
Awareness of lee shore dangers
Tacking while sailing upwind
Gybing while sailing downwind
Communication while manoeuvring
Awareness of other water users
Sailing around a short course


Tieing a bowline, clove hitch and reef knot

Sailing Theory

Clothing and Equipment

The importance of personal safety, clothing and bouyancy

Sailing Background

Awareness of other water users
Basic rules of the road – collision avoidance, overtaking, power & sail
Self-reliance and basic equipment
Visual methods of attracting attention


Sources of relevant weather forecasts
The Beaufort Wind Scale
When to reef
Synoptic charts

Coastal Waters

How to apply weather forecasts in coastal waters
Tide tables and tidal sequences
Speed with/against the tidal flow
The effect of wind direction and tidal flow
Safety considerations when sailing alone
Accessing local information

Keelboat Specifics


Reefing while afloat


Using winches

Use of engines

Engine checks
Starting, stopping and running procedures
Coming alongside and mooring

Sailing techniques

Sailing using transits

Emergency equipment

First aid kits
Use and stowage of flares

We will provide the boat and all the course materials, we only ask you to bring the following:

  • Deck Shoes or non-slip white soled trainers
  • Waterproofs
  • Buoyancy Aid/Lifejacket (some are available to borrow)
  • Older set of warm clothes (no jeans or tracksuit bottoms)
  • Hat (either sun or woolly)
  • Sun Tan Lotion
  • Bottle of Water
  • Any medication you may require

Course Summary

Course AimsSetting out the foundations for sailing on your own          
Assumed KnowledgeCompleted RYA Level 1
Duration2 days
Minimum Age16
Course ContentRigging, launching and sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge.
Abilty after courseAble to sail and make decisions in good conditions
Applicable CraftDinghies & Keelboats
Formally assessedNo
Course Materials ProvidedRYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook & RYA Start Sailing Beginners Handbook (if you do not already have them)
Maximum Student : Instructor Ratio3:1

12 Beacon Terrace
Torquay, TQ1 2BH, United Kingdom
01803 292006
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