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Click on the appropriate course above to access information about each of our practical courses.

What to bring to your RYA Practical Course...

The following list is not exhaustive and is a guide to what you should consider bringing along to your practical course. Obviously if you are only doing a one day course you will not require everything on the list. Remember it can get colder out on the sea than on land despite the sun shining. Please remember that the yachts have limited storage and odd shaped storage areas. It is advised that a flexible bag or bags are used for storing your gear rather than a large solid case/bag.

If you feel that your waterproof outer layer is not adequate it may be possible to hire a set of oilies. Should you require a set you need to pre order when booking your course and pay along with your course fee. If you are placing a late booking (of less than two weeks) oilies may not be available. At time of booking please indicate which sizes you require (S,M,L,XL). Please note that there are limited stocks and a larger size maybe supplied where your size is not available. Availability is not guaranteed. The sets are supplied at £5 per day. Please note if your own waterproofs are not adequate you need to hire a set from britsail prior to your course.

  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Fleece blanket (for those who need extra warm bedding)
  • Small pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Towel (quick drying best)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturiser
  • Seasickness remedies
  • Personal medication for duration of course (including pain relief e.g.paracetamol)
  • Camera/video camera
  • Sailing boots (Wellington boots are a good alternative but do not keep your feet warm)
  • Sailing shoes or training shoes (non slip / non marking)
  • Full waterproofs (not lightweight - sets are available for hire)
  • Socks for boots and shoes
  • PJs
  • Underwear
  • Thermal underwear
  • Trousers (avoid denim)
  • Shorts
  • T shirts
  • Shirts
  • Fleece
  • Thin layers
  • Mid layers
  • Outer layers
  • Windproof outer layer
  • Warm hat
  • Cap with neck strap or clip
  • Sunglasses with neck cord
  • Gloves (full finger and fingerless)
  • Neck warmer
  • Body warmer
  • Warm outer jacket
  • Hot water bottle
  • Extra warm clothing such as ski salopettes
  • Personal glasses with neck cord
  • Spare glasses (if have an old pair use them)
  • Contact lenses and spares
  • Magnifying Glass (handy for chart work)
  • Personal treats
  • Reading material
  • Sailing reference books
  • CDs
  • Chargers (12volt)
  • Small retractable sailors knife (not essential)
  • Head torch / small torch
  • Logbook G15 (may be purchased on course)
  • Passport style photo for YM / CS / DS courses

Basic information for your RYA Practical Course...
(further information is included in the terms and conditions in the booking section)

All Courses

Meet up at the britsail office (Kip Marina) unless otherwise discussed with the course instructor.

Day Courses
Daily times 0930 - 1630
Light lunch, drinks and energy snacks included during the course.
Accommodation may be available on the yacht on the evening before the first day of the course until the end of the course. Please let us know if you wish to stay on the yacht overnight.

Weekend Courses
Start Friday evening ^1930
End Sunday afternoon ^1500
Accommodation on the yacht is part of the RYA courses, accommodation on the yacht is from the Friday evening through to the Sunday afternoon.

Weekday Courses
Start Sunday evening ^1930
End Friday afternoon ^1500
Accommodation on the yacht is part of the RYA courses, accommodation on the yacht is from the Sunday evening through to the Friday afternoon.

Non Day Courses
The first evening meal is not included in the course, please discuss with your instructor should you wish to have your evening meal after the start of the course. NB The instructor onboard meals are included in the course price but if you wish to eat ashore anytime during the course please note the students are required to cover the instructor's meal (we don't want the instructor to be left out or to spend all their wages on meals).

All inclusive
Our RYA practical courses are usually all inclusive. This includes;
Instructor time
Instructor onboard accommodation and meals
Use of all safety equipment (including life jackets)
Onboard accommodation
Onboard food/snacks/non alcoholic drinks
Mooring fees

Additional accommodation
Should you arrive a day or two early or decide to hang around for a few days after your course there are a few local hotels/B&Bs available.

Please note we cannot give any recommendations for the following;
Forresters House B&B (6 rooms) 
Station Road, Inverkip PA16 0AY, Scotland 01475521433
Belle Vue (no information available)
13 Beatock Place, Inverkip, PA16 0DZ
Inverkip Hotel (5 rooms)
Main Street, Inverkip, PA16 0AS, Scotland 
Roztom Bed & Breakfast (no information available)
Langhouse Road, Inverkip, Scotland, PA16 0DE 01475520975
For further afield;

Tontine Hotel (52 rooms)
6 Ardgowan Square, Greenock, PA16 8NG
Premier Inn (40 rooms)
1/3 James Watt Way, Greenock, PA15 2AD

Holiday Inn Express Greenock (71 rooms)
Main Street, Cartsburn, Greenock, PA15 1AE 08714234917

Abbots Brae Hotel (8 rooms)
55 Bullwood Road, Dunoon, PA23 7QJ 01369705021

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