RYA Helmsman’s Course

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The RYA Helmsman’s Course provides a solid introduction to motor cruising. It is ideal for new skippers and their crews, ensuring everyone can be fully involved in the safe running of your boat. The course is designed to provide as much fun and enjoyment as possible in a safe and reassuring environment.

During the two days you will be introduced to handling a motor cruiser in a variety of basic mooring situations and undertake short passages visiting some of the beautiful harbours and anchorages in the Solent area. You will learn about safety equipment and emergency procedures, and basic engine and equipment checks required prior to departure will also be covered. You will be taught how to secure mooring lines and fenders, learn to tie essential knots and how to live aboard a motor cruiser.

If you would like to improve your skippering skills, we recommend you complete an RYA Day Skipper Theory course (either online or in a classroom) to learn navigation and then go on to complete the RYA Day Skipper practical motor cruising course.

 No experience required.
Instructor Ratio
4:1. Urban Truant is also pleased to offer lower ratios on request for those who would like more time with their instructor.
Duration2 days
  • Boat preparation
  • High speed manoeuvres
  • Close quarters boat handling
  • Engines and drives
  • Engine operation and maintenance
  • Safety and seamanship
  • Rules of the road
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Berthing alongside
  • Man overboard recovery
Ability after
You’ll feel confident to handle a motor cruiser in sheltered waters.

What’s Included

When you book a course with Urban Truant we do our best to ensure there are no extra fees – everything you need to complete your course is included:

  • Refreshments and lunch throughout the course
  • All mooring fees
  • All fuel costs
  • Use of Urban Truant’s high quality wet weather gear and safety kit
  • RYA certification for all successful students

At Urban Truant we feel it’s important to provide quality catering and pride ourselves on serving fresh tasty food wherever possible. We are also happy to cater for different dietary requirements upon request.

Course Dates

Below are listed our available dates. If you cannot see dates that you require, please get in touch with us and we may be able to to arrange a more suitable date.

2020 Dates
Saturday 20 June
Sunday 21 June
Saturday 25 July
Sunday 26 July

See what our students say:

Marie - RYA Competent Crew

"Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to become an Urban Truant. I knew my week under sail with you would stand out from the others, and that’s why I dropped everything and arrived in glorious sunshine for my adventure.

I couldn’t pick a highlight because everything exceeded my expectations. The boat lived up to her name, the trip was full of interest and my crewmates added to a very enjoyable experience.

I hope to put my new-found sea legs and all the knowledge I gained from you towards an interesting future.

Thank you for your patience, friendliness... read more"

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