To assist you in selecting the right RYA Yachting courses, we have given you a brief outline of what the aims of the each of the courses are, suggested pre-course knowledge and which aspects the course concentrates on. The RYA Cruising Scheme log book G15, gives a fuller description, listing exactly what is covered as well as the RYA web site itself. www.rya.org.uk/coursestraining/sailcruising
The intention of these courses is to improve your ability in the sport and therefore allow you to gain more enjoyment from yachting. Attempting anything too far above your current level can be disheartening so, please do contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss your individual needs with complete honesty. We will not give you false promises but will offer guidance and support from your first contact with us to long after completion of your chosen course.
Chris and Mandy have followed the RYA Sailing Cruising scheme and can offer real, sound, solid advice.
We never ask strangers to share cabins. If there are 3 individuals booked then the yacht is full. Our student / instructor maximum ratio will be 4:1
NO INDIVIDUALS SHARING CABINS and NO CROWDED YACHTS
Our Instructors plan an itinerary taking into account the ability of the crew, the weather conditions and the requirements to cover the syllabus. First class training is standard.
We always sail in excess of the RYA minimum of 100 miles (genuine sea miles), ordinarily 120/130 and we are usually away from home base for 4 nights a week. You get to see more harbours and sample different pilotage situations.
Your safety is paramount at Hercules Sailing and of course your enjoyment. Only the most severe of weather conditions prevent us from giving our students the most varied sailing experience. We like our students to sail, not sit in harbour. We are usually the first to leave in the morning and the last in.
All our students are kept informed of their progress throughout the course as well as after specific tasks. You will be given the opportunity to participate fully in the running of the yacht and crew.
There are no formal examinations on these practical courses, but you are continually assessed by your instructor and every successful student receives an RYA certificate of competence upon completion.
NOTE: Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore/Ocean are separate to the courses and are subject to independent examination. See CS/YM prep.
Our weekly courses start on Sunday evening. It may be possible to board your yacht earlier if she is prepared. We finish about 17.00 on the Friday evening and you may leave once the boat is clean and tidy or if your return flight is not until the Saturday you may stay aboard free of charge for the additional night.
Included in the fee is -
All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and bottled water, 3 evening meals, freshly laundered sheet and duvet (no sleeping bags), free loan of wet weather trousers and jackets, all safety equipment, 5 FULL days sailing (weather conditions permitting), expert tuition, NO surcharge for single occupancy, only couples share cabins.