RYA Helmsman

A great 2 day course to introduce you to motor cruising and undertaking short in-shore trips, such as through a harbour or down river to the local beach. Time is focused on developing the core slow speed handling skills and good ‘seamanship’ skills.

Topics taught on the course include;

  • 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


Course dates:

2023 Dates:

  • 6th-7th May
  • 3rd-4th June
  • 1st-2nd July
  • 12th-13th August
  • 9th-10th September
  • 7th-8th October

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2 days

Our Boat - £500pp
Own Boat - £600 (see notes below)
Our Boat Private Course - £2000 (see notes below)

Minimum age 12


  • 2 days use of our Nelson 42, Millbrook
  • Diesel and berthing fees
  • Maximum 4 students
  • Overnight accommodation if required
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks on board
  • All bedding (inc. duvet)
  • Use of a lifejacket for the course

What to bring:

  • Cash for evening meals
  • All the usual skippering equipment (pencils, erasers, notepads etc)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Wet weather gear (contact us if you haven’t got any)
  • Light wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Clothes for the duration of the course
  • Any medication
  • Phone charger

Own Boat Course:

  • This course can be conducted on your own boat, providing it is suitable for training. The cost above is a effectively a hire an instructor cost and the cost stays the same whether there are 1 of you or 4. The only additional costs from us would be travel costs to get to your location and the cost of certificates.
  • During the course, you are responsible for the running costs of the boat such as fuel, berthing and food.

Private course on our boat:

  • For a minimum of 1 student and a maximum of 4, you can hire our boat for a private course. The price includes all associated costs.



  • The course met all my expectations and in addition gave me experience of...

    — David – February 2020
  • "Very Professional"

    — Douglas – May 2019
  • "Brilliant and very useful, have learned many techniques around the boat"

    — Haydn