RYA Seamanship Skills Course in Lancashire

RYA Seamanship Skills Course in Lancashire

£ 150

Chorley, Lancashire

Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 16
Chorley, Lancashire
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Flexible
Duration: 2 days
Start time(s): 08:30
£ 150

Activity Highlights:

This enriching two-day program is specifically tailored for sailors looking to enhance their proficiency and confidence in handling a dinghy in a variety of conditions. Focusing on advanced sailing techniques and decision-making skills, this course is perfect for those who are ready to take their sailing to the next level.

Key Details

  • Price: £150 per person
  • Duration: 2 consecutive days (usually Saturday and Sunday)
  • Timings: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Catering: Breakfast and cooked lunch provided
  • Minimum Age: 16+

Key Skills

In this course, you will master advanced sailing techniques and seamanship skills, including:

  • Maneuvering a dinghy in moderate conditions
  • Recovering a man overboard
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Sailing backwards
  • Developing self-reliance and decision-making skills on the water

Course Breakdown

The Seamanship Skills course involves extensive hands-on practice, with much of the work done without an instructor on board. This approach is designed to increase your self-reliance and enhance your decision-making abilities. The course also includes theoretical sessions to deepen your understanding of sailing concepts and safety procedures.


  • Minimum age of 16 years.
  • Must hold the RYA Level 2 Basic Skills certificate or have sufficient experience to sail a dinghy efficiently around a course without instructions.

Why Choose Us?

Our sailing centre is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, expert instructors, and beautiful sailing environment. We are committed to providing a comprehensive learning experience that not only enhances your sailing skills but also fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of seamanship. With our focus on practical learning and decision-making, you’ll leave our course not just as a better sailor, but as a more confident and independent one.

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What's Included:

  • Comprehensive instruction from experienced RYA instructors.
  • Practical and theoretical training in advanced seamanship skills.
  • All necessary sailing equipment and safety gear.
  • Breakfast and a hot lunch on each day of the course.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal sailing gear (waterproof clothing, gloves, etc.).
  • Travel to and from the centre.
  • Accommodation - available in-house upon request.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this course, you’ll master several advanced techniques, including precise boat handling in various conditions, recovering a man overboard, anchoring, mooring, and even sailing backwards. These skills are designed to enhance your ability to handle a dinghy in more challenging situations, increasing your confidence and self-reliance on the water.

This course is not intended for beginners. It’s tailored for sailors who have already achieved RYA Level 2 Basic Skills or have equivalent experience. Participants should be capable of sailing a dinghy efficiently around a course without instruction, as the course focuses on building upon these foundational skills.

The course emphasises increasing your self-reliance and decision-making capabilities in sailing. By mastering advanced techniques and understanding how to respond effectively to various scenarios, such as man overboard or adverse weather conditions, you’ll be well-prepared to handle challenging situations confidently and safely.

Yes, the course fee includes breakfast and a cooked lunch on both days of the training. However, accommodation is not included in the course fee. If you require accommodation, it needs to be requested separately and is subject to availability.

Our recommended kit list is:

  • Full set of spare clothing including dry shoes
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Anorak or waterproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Trainers
  • Old shoes (to get wet)
  • Towel
  • Bag(s) for dirty/wet clothes
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Hats, gloves and scarf for winter months
  • Any personal medication (please make centre staff aware of this)

Yes, we cater for all types of food allergies and religious food requirements. We ask that you inform our reception team at least 2 weeks prior to your visit to allow our catering team to source the necessary ingredients and produce a suitable menu.

Accommodation is not included in this course. However, it can be arranged upon request and subject to availablity. The majority of our bedrooms sleep between 3 to 4 in bunk beds in each room. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided. All rooms are en-suite.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts