RYA Practical Courses
with Alba Sailing
date - Sunday
||19th June -
These dates will be added to on a regular basis -
please check back often or for up to date information please call or
You can download the RYA Booking Form here.
accept RYA vouchers or ILA's (Individual Learning Accounts)
to the absurd amount of
During all our RYA courses you will
live on board
the yacht and be involved in all the various aspects of cruising from
keeping a lookout at night to washing up the dishes. Alba Sailing
offers a range of RYA Courses and options to suit all
requirements for complete beginners through to the standard required
for the DoT Yachtmaster exam.
and answers to
FAQ's click here.
We provide a suggested packing list - you can download
On all courses we
try to mix abilities - on any
course there will probably be Competent Crew students, Day Skipper
students and possibly Coastal Skipper students.
We also hire
'Oilies' (Waterproof Sailing suits)
for sailors who don't have their own gear. (see Downloads
To book a place
please phone or email to confirm
availability - then download the RYA
Application form, complete it and return it with
your £100 deposit (or full payment if you are sailing within
weeks of booking) - we will send you confirmation and we will invoice
you for the balance and send you joining instructions, packing list etc
nearer the time.
courses are 5
days duration and you may choose from a wide choice of yachts and dates
to meet your requirements, the only proviso being that there needs to
be a minimum of 3 students to obtain the maximum benefit from the
course. Individuals are welcome subject to our ability to
two others willing to participate at the same time as yourself. Groups
of friends are easier to arrange. If there are 3 or more of you we will
run a course for you on any dates you like subject to a suitable yacht
and Instructor being available.
The food provided is of a very high
there is plenty of it. All the main meals are home cooked and of
course any special dietary arrangements can be catered for
Coeliacs, Halal, Wheat intolerance, Lactose intolerance, Kosher,
Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescetarian etc etc. Here is a sample menu for the
run from March
through to November and
generally commence on a Sunday afternoon at 1400 hrs and return to
Dunstaffnage Marina at 1200 hrs the following Friday. However we are
flexible so depending on demand, dates can be arranged to suit your
The cost is £500 - £525 per
including VAT at 20%, full board, diesel fuel and gas. No extras!!
Skipper and Coastal Skipper candidates will be
awarded the new 'photo-style' certificates - you will need to
passport sized photograph with you for the certificate to be issued.
- Open to all ages
This is meant for
those with little or no
experience to help them learn to become a useful crew member.
- Minimum age 16 years
experience of sailing
with a minimum of 5 days sailing including 4 night hours and
least 100 miles logged. Basic sailing ability and navigation skills are
required and ideally you will already have completed the Day Skipper
theory course. On successful completion of the course you
able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.
- Minimum age 18 years
with a minimum of 15 days (2
as skipper), 300 miles and 8 night hours who have navigational skills
to Coastal Skipper shore based standard and practical sailing ability
to Day Skipper standard. This course will enable a person to
skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night upon completion of
the course. This is a practical completion course, not an
and if you wish to take the DoT Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Exam you
will need to make arrangements for the examiner yourself with the RYA -
we will gladly supply the contact details. We will be happy
supply the yacht for an extra day for the exam for a nominal fee after
the five day course and ask the other people on board to stay for the
extra day to crew for you - most are usually very happy to do this.
are not sure what level you are at or would
like any guidance or questions answered just email us or call - we are
here to help. We all had a first time at sea and some of us are just
about young enough to remember it!
the whole family wish to undertake an
RYA course - maybe Mum and Dad want to do their Day Skipper or Coastal
Skipper and maybe the kids want to do their Competent Crew. No problem!
For a minimum of 4 people we will put on a course just for you -
subject to the availability of a suitable boat and instructor. Please
call for further details.
do our customers say
about our RYA
my son and I had
a great time, and we will recommend Alba whenever we can! I hope
someday to be back for Yachtmaster Coastal. Best regards and
thanks again. (Bill & Phillip - Newburgh - Aberdeenshire))
'I left shore as
a boy - and returned as a man!!!' (name withheld to
very nervous about a) getting on a yacht for the first time and b)
getting on to a boat with 4 men that I didn't know. I need not have
worried, the Instructor was so welcoming and thoughtful, I had a
cabin to myself and the other chaps were great. I passed my Competent
Crew and make some really good friends that I will keep in touch with.
It was really great experience!! Thank you Alba Sailing for starting me
off on the road to being a sailor! ' (Katy
R. from Somerset)
'Just wanted to say
thanks for a truly outstanding RYA course with Alba Sailing - I did my
Comp Crew on the South Coast, my Day Skipper in Wales and my Coastal
Skipper with yourselves. The quality of the boat, the scenery, the
breathtaking anchorages and the patience and knowledge of the Skipper
left the others far behind. The organization and quality of the food
were superb. A BIG thank you to all concerned - see you for my
Yachtmaster next year!!' (Jonathan
P-B from London)
created a very positive atmosphere and a feeling of confidence so that
I was able to learn a great deal. I came away from this trip with even
more enthusiasm for sailing and I can't wait to get back on a boat
again. However slick/friendly/efficient the organisation is it takes
someone with your personal skills and sailing experience to actually
make it work. From my point of view it could not have been done better.
John W - RYA
course 25th March 2012
'You have proved to me
that great service IS still available in the UK - thanks for restoring
my faith!!' (Lynn F. from Newcastle
'Just got home and had
a long soak in a hot Radox bath and reflected upon the last 5 days. It
would be rude not to write to you to thank you for the organization
that went into the RYA course last week and the way everything was run.
The boat - Clear Blue - was first class, the Skipper was brilliant -
knowledgeable and humorous, we felt totally safe even when the wind
really picked up, the food was astonishing, and the places we went to
were just magical. The people we met were fantastic - the group gelled
really well and we will be exchanging photo CD's in due course - I will
send you a copy.' (David M from