RYA Start Yachting

Price Per Person.
Dates scheduled on demand. Email us or call 01752 424514 to request a date.
Available dates are bold on the calendar.

SKU: RYA-SY Category:


If the type of training you are seeking is sailing for beginners, Devon and Cornwall offer a beautiful backdrop of scenery. With local destinations which boast Salcombe, Fowey and the River Yealm within easy reach, how could there possibly be a better location to take your RYA Start Yachting training course?

This RYA Start Yachting course provides a short introduction to sailing for complete beginners with the added advantage of stunning sailing ground, a sheltered bay and high-quality yachts.

By the end of the course, you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. Holders of the RYA Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the RYA Competent Crew course in a reduced time of three days or two weekends.

When undertaking sailing for beginners training with Devon Sailing Experiences, not only will you be working to achieve your RYA Start Yachting qualification along the beautiful Devon and Cornwall coastline, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most sought-after locations in the south-west.

Upon your arrival at King Point Marina, Plymouth, you will be met by your skipper and crew then taken aboard your high quality, modern yacht. Onboard, you will find your own double cabin which will be your home for the next couple of nights. Within your small, contemporary marina you will find clean, private and well-maintained shower and washing facilities. Its location (just a 5-minute taxi ride from Plymouth mainline train station) makes it convenient to walk to Royal William Yard and The Barbican where you will find a selection of local pubs and restaurants. Alternatively, you may choose to visit The Dock which is a lovely restaurant located above the marina.

When considering a course which involves sailing for beginners, Devon provides a perfect location; Plymouth Sound offers picturesque coves as well as a sheltered bay, making it an ideal location to learn and perfect your new skills. Within this short RYA sailing course, you may choose to head east to the small but buzzing town of Salcombe, west to the quaint town of Fowey, or stay within the shelter of Plymouth Sound and head to the peaceful and beautiful River Yealm. Each of these destinations is achievable within a day’s sail during your RYA Start Yachting course.

When considering where to book your course for sailing for beginners, Devon Sailing Experiences is rated as a 5-star sailing company on TripAdvisor. Take a look at our reviews to gain an understanding of our level of service and our high-quality yachts.

For the comfort of all of our guests, our yachts are designated non-smoking to maintain their high-quality.

Key RYA course information can be found under the Additional Information tab.

Plymouth is the starting location for RYA Start Yachting/sailing for beginners, Devon. Arrive at 18:00 the evening before you set sail.

Typical student to instructor ratio is 3:1. Maximum purchase online is for 3 attendees. Please contact us if you would like to book more places.

RYA start yachting official page 

Additional information

Pre-course experience and assumed knowledge


Minimum duration

2 days.

Minimum age

Under 18s MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Course content

The yacht, ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology.

Ability after the course

Basic knowledge of yachting. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the competent crew course.


£370 per person.


2 nights accommodation aboard the yacht, your own double cabin, freshly laundered sheets, pillows and pillowcases, meals aboard the yacht, skipper fees, mooring fees, fuel and gas.


King Point Marina, Plymouth, Devon. Arrive 18:00 the evening before you set sail.

Car Parking

You are welcome to enter the marina car park to drop off passengers and bags but will need to relocate your car to the nearby pay and display car park. This is the Western Approach car park (an 11-minute walk away from the marina).


Devon Sailing Experiences may need to cancel upon advice received from the instructor based on forecast sailing conditions. You will be notified 3 days prior to your sail. In this case, please refer to our Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website.


We are only able to run our RYA courses with a minimum of 3 students.

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