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RYA Yacht sailing techniques e-book

RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques

RYA boating knots e-book

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RYA Competent crew skills e-book

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1. Start Yachting in Ibiza

The Start Yachting RYA course in Ibiza offers an exciting introduction to the world of yachting, perfect for beginners and those looking to dip their toes into the maritime realm. Set against the stunning backdrop of Ibiza's crystal-clear waters and picturesque coastline, this course provides a hands-on experience that combines essential theory with practical skills training.

Aerial view of sailing yacht in Ibiza


Anatomy of a Sailboat

When learning to sail, you also need to learn the language. Learn how to speak like a sailor and identify all the key elements of a yacht with the fundamental nautical terms every mariner should know.

Vessel States

Learn the basics of how vessels navigate the high seas within the laws of their flag state.

Sailing Etiquette

Beginning sailors will learn basic sailing etiquette, such as the rules of the road.


Basic ropework and fundamental knots are important skills for every sailor, even beginners.

Man-Overboard Handling

Learn what to do in a man-overboard situation and learn how to avoid the dangerous situation altogether.

Emergency Equipment

Understand the various pieces of emergency equipment onboard, where they are located, and how to use them. Understand the hazards onboard a yacht and how to take action in case of an emergency.

Weather Basics

Learn fundamental weather mapping and the basics of how to plan a passage whilst considering weather conditions.

Participants will embark on a journey to learn the basics of yachting, including boat handling, sail trimming, and ropework under the guidance of experienced instructors. The course is designed to instill confidence in novices and lay a solid foundation for further yachting pursuits.

While the Start Yachting RYA course does not lead to a full boating license or boat license, it serves as an ideal stepping stone for individuals who wish to pursue more advanced certifications in the future. This introductory course sets the stage for participants to explore their passion for yachting and acquire fundamental knowledge that will be invaluable as they progress in their maritime endeavors.

Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to navigate Ibiza's stunning waters, practice essential yacht handling skills, and gain insights into the principles of sailing. By the end of the course, participants will have developed a strong understanding of yachting basics, setting them on a path to further honing their skills and potentially pursuing additional certifications to advance their yachting journey.


Helmsmen's academy instructor in Ibiza

Duration & Experience Required

The RYA Start Yachting course is a 2 day introductory course to sailing. 
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No experience required.

This course is perfect for beginners and for anyone, who wants to see, if sailing can turn into a passion.

Boat lisence course with helmsmen academy Ibiza

What should you bring

At Helmsmen Academy, the RYA Start Yachting course takes place in the beautiful Ibiza.

Depending on the time of the year, recommend to bring the following: Waterproof Clothing, Sunhat & Sun blocker & Sunglasses (Summer), Wind jacket & trousers (please check with us, we have some in our sailing school).

Boat lisence course with helmsmen academy Ibiza

What's included

  • Accommodation on the yacht for one night of the 2 day course

  • Drinks and lunch, which you can have in one of our beautiful coves in Ibiza, if the weather permits

  • Fuel costs and mooring

  • Insurance while onboard

  • Fresh towels, bed linen, pillow and a duvet

  • Training from one of our highly qualified and certified instructors 

Travel insurance, accommodation offboard, and any other expenses will be covered by the student. For any questions or special requirements, please feel free reach out to us.

Join now and get your RYA boat license in Ibiza

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2. Competent Crew

This course is ideal for beginners who want to learn how to steer a boat under power and sail, and who want to become an active member of a crew.

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 3. Day Skipper

If you already have some experience and want to get certified to be able to take charge of a sailing yacht, the Day Skipper course is perfect for you.

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4. Coastal Skipper

The RYA Coastal Skipper course is ideal for all sailors, who have considerable sailing experience, and want to be able to take a sailing yacht through coastal passages for day and night 


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