RYA Helmsman

The RYA Helmsman course is aimed at those that are new to boating and teaches basic boat handling techniques and general marine awareness. It is also to make students aware and conscious of the difficulty and hazards of boat handling.

The Helmsman course is useful for crews as well as skippers. Apart from the obvious safety benefits of extra boat handlers on board it promotes teamwork and awareness.

At the end of the course students will have understanding and knowledge of 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.

This two-day course covers:

  • Basic boat handling
  • Engine checks
  • Safety procedures & equipment
  • Rope handling & fendering
  • Buoyage
  • MOB drills


This course is available to those 12 years and older. Course ratio is a maximum of 5:1.

We include all the books, charts, and materials you will need to complete your course.