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RYA Sailing Tuition

Training Courses update as of Wednesday 10th February 2021; 

RYA sailing course dates for both adults & children, also including ladies sailing along with powerboat & 1st aid training will be published once the government allows training to resume.

Course Fees
Members fee: £150
Non-Members fee: £190

Sailing tuition and courses are available with the Club's Chief Instructor (Sail) Kristy Powell.
Bespoke training for complete beginners through to racers, build your confidence and brush up on your skills.

8 years old is the minimum age for RYA Youth Stage Courses


Bespoke & Individual Lessons:  By Arrangement

Private lessons are tailored to meet your needs and available at times to suit you. Sessions are 2.5hrs, please contact the office for more details.
One-2-One: £55 Member & £65 Non Member
Group (max 3): £30 Member & £35 Non Member (Per Person)

Should the above dates not meet your requirements or indeed if you would like to discuss any other sailing tuition options including one-to-one lessons please do not hesitate to contact Kristy.

Please contact Kristy via the Club on 01590 672677.


RYA Dinghy Instructors Course

Course fees: £300 members   £350 non members.


  • There are no dates currently booked. We will update this page when a course is available.



Prior to the course candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
·         Minimum age 16;
·         Valid first aid certificate - click here for a list of acceptable first aid certificates.
·         RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate;
·         RYA Safe & Fun safeguarding certificate and pre-course work completed (accessed within the Safe & Fun course)
·         Pre-entry sailing assessment completed within 1 year prior to the instructor training course.
The pre-entry course will need to be completed by all attendees of the Dinghy Instructors’ Course regardless of their experience.  The Club can arrange courses to facilitate these qualifications.
The cost of the Instructors’ Course and the pre-entry is £300 for members and £350 for non-members, and will be offered on a first come served basis.  To secure a place, please contact the Club office and pay for the full course fee.

RYA First Aid


  • Tuesday 31st March & Thursday 2nd April (course run over two evenings) 17:30 – 21:00
  • Saturday 11th April 9:00 to 16:30

To book onto any of these courses, please fill in the training course disclaimer and either bring it into the Club with payment or contact the office to book onto the course.
We are able to accept payment over the phone so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Members £50    Non-members £70


Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

It fulfils the requirements for:

  • professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF's regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4).

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE. 

The subjects specific to boating include:

  • the recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • seasickness and dehydration
  • medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • helicopter rescue

RLymYC Race Team Training

Over the winter the RLymYC runs a variety of sessions for Club members involved, or wishing to be involved, in the provision of racing and race events at the Club.  Members new to race management are particularly welcome. 
The sessions are, however, also designed to be a useful update to existing race team members, support boat drivers, marklayers, committee boat skippers and shore based support.  The sessions are provided free to members.

Winter Race Team Training

Hope to see you (virtully) at the winter series of Race team training talks and practice. These are for all race team members, those of you who are considering volunteering, with some topics of general racing interest. All welcome!
All evening talks start at 18.30.

19th January   Navigational Exercises by John Doerr, John Whyte, Nick Ryley and William Newton.
A review of last year’s sailing, with lessons learned and what we can learn that will improve our Race Management generally.

Watch the Zoom Meeting here

26th January   Changes to the RRS affecting Race Management by John Doerr
Slides from the Zoom Meeting can be found here

2nd February   Safety and Risk Management by Roger Wilson
Join Zoom Meeting
Watch the Zoom Meeting here

9th February   Course setting by Simon van der Byl
Join Zoom Meeting
Watch the Zoom Meeting
16th February   Recording and scoring by Malcom McKeag
Including revised finishing sheets.
Watch the Zoom Meeting here
23rd February   Multi-tasking and use of technology by John Whyte
Watch the Zoom Meeting here

Club Race Officer Course & Club Race Office test - Dates TBA


RYA Powerboat Level 2


Currenlty course sizes will be limited to 8 candidates
  • 21st & 22nd Nover 2020
  • 5th & 6th December 2020
  • 9th & 10th January 2021
  • 13th & 14th February 2021
  • 13th & 14th February 2021


This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. 
It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.
The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Members - £150
Non Members - £250
One-2-One - £400
2 to 1 - £200 Members & £300 Non Members

Suggested Minimum Pre-course Experience:

Assumed knowledge:

Minimum age 12.

Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued an endorsed certificate.

Course content:
All you need to know for self-sufficient powerboating at a basic level. Course includes launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat. Ability after course: Self-sufficient powerboat in the right conditions: aware of own limitations and those of craft

Minimum duration:
Two days


Quotes from previous candidates:

"I have completed the PB2 course and I would just like to pass on my thanks to the instructors who ran a very professional and informative course.  All of the instructors were calm , reassuring and patient and I would certainly recommend them to friends!"

"We wanted to thank the instructors for teaching us about powerboats this weekend. We felt we learnt a great deal, although as with all things, the more you know the more you realise there is to learn! We both enjoyed it enormously and are looking forward to practising...maybe when the weather is a little warmer!"


RLymYC - Level 2 + Course (Club Support Boat Training)


  • more course dates to be announced soon

This is a ONE day course, a minimum number of 6 people are required for this course.


£45 for Members & Non-Members including lunch.

This is a course is run by the Club Chief Instructor (Power), Andrew Eady. It does not carry with it an RYA qualification, but it is based on the RYA Safety Boat Course. Candidates must already have an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate and be a confident powerboat driver.

The one day course is designed for those that help at Club events, and who may not necessarily drive the safety boat, but would like to gain some of the knowledge and skills to enable them to more effectively deal with safety of fleets and capsize situations as a crew.


RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate

RYA Safety Boat Course


  • More course dates available soon


This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, and for racing or training activities.
Prior to the course you will need to hold the RYA Level 2 Powerboat certificate.

Members - £95
Non Members - £195


Suggested minimum pre-course experience:
RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to the course.

Assumed knowledge:
Minimum age 16. Basic understanding of sailing boats.

Course content:
Boat handling, rescue techniques for sailing dinghies, windsurfers and canoes, and tows.

Ability after course:
Able to provide safety cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing.

Minimum duration:
Two days.

RYA Club Marklayers Course



  •  more course dates to be annouced soon for the Winter 2020/21 Powerboat Training Season

£95 for Members & Non-Members including lunch.


  • More dates to be announced soon.


RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate

RYA Race Coach Level 2 Course

More information can be found on the RYA's website.

To book your place on this course please click here.

Click here for Roger Wilson's Safety Boat Refresher Video

Click here to complete an adult consent form
Click here to complete a junior consent form


The procedure for booking is very straight forward. You will need to complete a Training Course Form and pay the course fee to the Club Office. We accept cash, cheque or credit cards.  Members may also use their Club Card either in person or via telephone or email.   Your place will be secured once payment has been received in full.

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club believes that volunteers who contribute their time to the sailing programme should benefit from the opportunity to further their qualifications at a minimal cost. Therefore our course fees are considerably less than those charged at a commercial training centre. The officers responsible for each sailing section should nominate volunteers who should be rewarded with priority places on training. The RLymYC reserves the right to allocate course places to best suit volunteer training requirements. Non-member volunteers may also get priority but will be charged the non-member rate. At the Club’s discretion places maybe allocated in order to ensure the cost effectiveness of the course.

Cancellation Policy
There will be no refunds for bespoke lessons. If you can't make a lesson which you have paid for, notice should be given within 7 days when an alternative date maybe be considered.
The Club may cancel or postpone the lesson at any stage in the event of bad weather, equipment failure or otherwise during which an alternative date or refund will be offered.