RYA Courses – Practical & Theory

RYA qualifications are known and respected the world over.

Hamble Point Sailing School run a full programme of RYA sailing and powerboating courses and RYA yachting courses from our Hamble Point school yachting base.  We can also help you with taking a course in an overseas locations.  Sailing and powerboating courses for beginners right through to becoming an Ocean Yachtmaster are available throughout the year.

All our RYA courses will be at a maximum ration of 5 students to 1 instructor.

Choose a course below to view more details or contact us directly to enquire which is best for you.  Many more courses available so if you do not see what you are looking for just ask.

Courses and Events


Practical Sailing Courses

Powerboat Level 1 & 2

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. The course introduces you to b

RYA Start Yachting Course

Our RYA Start Yachting course is a short introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the RYA Start Yachting course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework

RYA Competent Crew

The RYA Competent Crew is a course for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtual

ICC (International Certificate of Competence)

ICC (International Certificate of Competence) is a requirement for anyone who wishes to charter outside the UK. If you are planning to sail or cruise within Europe and the Mediterranean, the RYA recom

RYA Day Skipper Practical

The RYA Day Skipper Practical is a course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to g

RYA Coastal Skipper

Our RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course offers advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by d

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep & Exam

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper course is suitable for the more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level plus a knowledge of navigation, meteorology, collision regul

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation & Exam

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is suitable for the more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to at least the RYA Coastal skipper practical level plus have a good knowledge of navigation, meteo

Ladies RYA Course

Ladies RYA course with our very own female Instructor Take your pick of completing your Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Yachtmaster Preparation or just to come along and have some fun with others. As a s


Theory Courses

ICC (International Certificate of Competence) – distance learning (through Navathome)

ICC (International Certificate of Competence) – distance learning (through Navathome) is a requirement when sailing in foreign countries. The ICC is the proof you need to show a minimum qualific

Upgrade from ICC or Essential Navigation to Day Skipper (through Navathome)

Upgrade from ICC or Essential Navigation to Day Skipper (through Navathome) with this course. This course is essentially the DAY Skipper theory course excluding the plotter and dividers. Pre course re

RYA Essential Navigation – distance learning online

RYA Essential Navigation course requires no previous knowledge and teaches you the essential navigation and seamanship skills to take a vessel out to sea. The Essential Navigation course is an online

RYA Day Skipper shorebased theory – distance learning online (through Navathome)

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory provides you with the theory knowledge required to enable you to safely Skipper a boat in waters you know during the hours of daylight prior to going on a Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Courses – classroom

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Courses are five days long and provide you with the theory knowledge required to enable you to safely Skipper a boat in waters you know during the hours of daylight p

RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Shorebased Theory Courses- distance learning online (through Navathome)

RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Shorebased Theory Courses are intended to provide the theory knowledge required to help you pass RYA Yachtmaster practical exams first time. RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Shorebased

RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory course – classroom

RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory Course is intended to provide the theory knowledge required to help you pass RYA Yachtmaster practical exams first time. Yachtmaster theory is the pinnacle of all the

RYA Ocean Yachtmaster theory – distance learning online (through Navathome)

RYA Ocean Yachtmaster theory – unravel the mysteries of astro navigation, using a sextant, ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and electronic navigation aids. This course is for those as

Private RYA Navigation theory courses

Hamble Point Sailing School are able to deliver RYA training to suit you schedules and include a more focussed 2-day introduction course to navigation for clients who head out closer to home. For indi

RYA Interactive CEVNI Test – Distance learning online

RYA Interactive CEVNI Test – European Code for Inland Waterways (Code Europeen des Voies de la Navigation Interieure) governs navigation on all interconnected waterways of Europe. The CEVNI is t

RYA First Aid 1 Day Training Courses

RYA First Aid 1 day training courses are designed to prepare you for First Aid situation in a marine environment. The RYA First Aid 1 day training courses cover everything from minor bumps and scrapes

RYA VHF SRC Interactive Training & Exam

The RYA VHF SRC Interactive Training & Exam syllabus includes basic VHF operation, the correct VHF frequencies, use of DSC (Digital Selective Calling) and GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Saf

Professional Practices and Responsibilities – distance learning

Professional Practices and Responsibilities – distance learning Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications profes

RYA Radar 1 Day Training Course

RYA Radar 1 day training courses are an essential RYA course for anyone carrying a radar set on their vessel. The RYA Radar 1 day training courses will introduce you to the shortcomings of your radar

RYA Sea Survival 1 Day Training Courses

RYA Sea Survival 1 Day Training Courses are designed to teach the basics of sea survival in a safe environment to ensure that you have the skills to deal with a problem should it arise. During the RYA

Safe & Fun Safeguarding Course – distance learning

This new course is suitable for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment. This includes those volunteering or working at recognised training centres and affiliated club

Student Comments

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]We run all of our sailing courses on one of the yachts in our charter fleet of beautiful, privately owned yachts, usually Loxley B, a Sun Odyssey 37.

All the yachts are also available to hire for bareboat charter, skippered charter and corporate sailing; all superbly equipped, maintained and cleaned; presented with friendly, personal service at the most convenient marina in the heart of the Solent - the UK south coast sailing mecca - at very affordable prices We are based at Hamble Point Marina where you will find plenty of free parking. Our office is situated adjacent to the Ketch Rigger pub/restaurant, with a view over the boats and the marina. Unlike most other schools in the area, your mooring fees and wet weather clothing for the duration of your course are included in the price quoted.  Because the yachts are all provately owned the standard of equipment and yacht is above the usual you will find on a school based yacht. Here is some information to help you to find us and to bring everything that you will need:


The yacht is fully equipped with safety gear although you are welcome to bring your own lifejacket. Waterproof clothing (jacket, trousers and boots) may be borrowed from us for your course. In addition to waterproofs and boots you will need:
  • Sleeping bag (bags and liners are available for hire)
  • Pillows are provided
  • Toiletries & towel
  • Underwear, socks, etc.
  • Trousers, usually 2 pairs are sufficient
  • Shirts to cover a range of temperatures
  • Sweaters, it is colder afloat than on shore
  • Hat & gloves can be useful
  • Shoes with soft soles
  • A small torch can be useful
  • Personal medicine
  • Sea sickness pills, for example Stugeron
  • Suntan lotion, sun glasses
You will not need to bring any smart clothes and you should bear in mind that neither salt water, nor the environment of a yacht, is particularly kind to your clothes. Feel free to bring any favoured navigational instruments or equipment. Stowage is limited and most of your kit should fit into one squashy holdall. There is no room to accommodate a suitcase.   We accept RYA Vouchers in payment for your course. For full details of how to find us and the best way to get here, please see location.


Hamble Point Marina is located at the mouth of the River Hamble and has immediate access to Southampton Water and the Solent.

By Road:

The postcode for your Sat Nav is SO31 4NB. From the M3 take the M27 Eastbound for Portsmouth. Exit Junction 8 of the M27 for Southampton East/Hamble-le-Rice. Follow signs for Hamble on B3397, Hamble Lane. After approximately 3 miles you will see a sign for Hamble Point Marina, just past the Fire Station. Turn right into Copse Lane which then becomes School Lane and Hamble Point Marina is at the end after approximately one mile.  Keep left as you enter the marina and park in the vicinity of the Ketch Rigger pub.  Our office is adjacent to the pub on the far side.

By Train

Take the train to Southampton Parkway.  This is a 20 minute taxi ride to Hamble Point marina.  We are suggesting this rather than a train to Hamble due to the lack of taxis at the station in Hamble.

By Plane

The nearest airport is Southampton airport and is a 20 minute taxi ride from Hamble Point Marina


If you are coming for an RYA course you will need a copy of the RYA Cruising Log Book G158. This contains the syllabus for the whole RYA training programme, in addition to allowing you to record details of your own experience. This can be obtained through us, chandlers, or from the RYA. Whatever your level of experience this is a useful document.


For some of the courses we run, you may need a passport sized photo for your certificate.  Please bring one with you!


This is a routine issue and should not worry you any more than it does us. If it should affect you, let your instructor know at the earliest possible moment. Whilst we have not yet managed to make it enjoyable there is much we can do to minimise the effect and help you to relax. Prevention is far better than cure and you may wish to start on medication before the start and wean yourself off as you find your sea legs. You must make your own medical decisions, or seek professional advice, before taking any treatment.


Current legislation prevents us from making insurance recommendations but you should ensure that you have personal insurance providing cover against personal accident, medical and emergency expenses, personal liability, legal expenses, loss of baggage, personal effects and money, cancellation and travel disruption.

Children & vulnerable adults:

Whilst we welcome children (under 18's) or vulnerable adults on board with us for our courses or trips, please be aware they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


In the event of either the boat or the instructor being unavailable to complete the course, our liability shall be limited to a refund of the unused portion of the fees paid to us.


If the proposed itinerary includes a “foreign” destination you will need a current passport. You may also wish to bring some local currency. You may wish to arrange a EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which may cover the reimbursement of emergency medical costs incurred within the EU.


At the end of the course you will be asked to give us the benefit of your reaction.   Constructive criticism will be as welcome as praise, as we aim to improve what we are able to deliver to you


If you have any comment regarding the service offered by Hamble Point Yacht Charters, please initially raise the issue with the member of staff concerned.   If you are unable to raise the issue with the member of staff concerned, or the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, please contact the Principal via the office address or telephone within 28 days.  We will make an initial response within 48 hours and will make every effort to resolve the issue satisfactorily within 14 days.   We hope that we have provided you with the answers to any questions that you may have, but please contact us for any other information or to discuss your individual requirements. For more information about the services that we offer, please see Yacht Charter, Charter Membership or Yacht Management.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Hubi 2nd January 2020


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