RYA Start Sailing Level 3 - Better Sailing Course £175

On completion of this 2 day RYA better sailing level 3 course, the successful student will have a fuller understanding of the principles covered in RYA keelboat Levels 1 & 2 courses.  This level 3 course will give confidence and  will help improved the students sailing technique. 

The RYA keelboat level 3 course aims to  provide a bridge to the advanced modules and to make progress easier for those sailors wishing to progress further through the scheme and undertake Seamanship Skills or other advanced techniques.  

Tuition is provided by RYA trained keelboat instructors, using appropriate supervision ratio of a maximum of 4 students per boat. The students' knowledge and ability will be assessed on a continuous basis. Students will be kept informed of their individual progress throughout the course.

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RYA Keelboat Better Sailing Level 3 Syllabus


Section A - Practical


Is able to rig the boat, taking due account of weather conditions, Able to reef


Knows when and how to tie all the knots in Levels 1 & 2.  Able to moor a boat securely.

Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres

Has a good practical understanding of the following:

  • The Five Essentials - Course made good, Trim, Balance, Sail setting and the keel
  • Leaving and returning to a mooring - windward & lee shore
  • Coming alongside a moored boat
  • Good familiarity with and application of the rules of the road when sailing
  • Understands and can demonstrate a standard Man Overboard procedure

Section B - Onshore teaching

Sailing Theory and Background

  • Understands and is able to apply: Points of sailing and No Go Zone
  • Knows how a sail works, and the importance of correct sail trim
  • Familiar with different methods of calling for assistance


Introduction to use of Tide Tables. Understands the effect of tide/current and wind direction on sailing conditions


Understands Beaufort Wind Scale.  Knows sources of information on weather for the day.   Has an awareness of changing weather conditions.