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:
  • 29th & 30th July
  • 12th & 13th August
  • 17th & 18th September
  • 15th & 16th October
  • 25th & 26th November
  • 2nd & 3rd December

2 days

(minimum of 2 people required)

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



  • "Brilliant and very useful, have learned many techniques around the boat"

    — Haydn
  • Skilled and very professional.

    — Jacqueline, June 2017