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RYA Courses with Snowdonia Sailing School

RYA Courses without the roughing it!

After many years of teaching RYA Course for numerous sailing schools, Richard decided he wanted to do them his way! "I enjoy good food, a comfortable bed, a shower in the morning, generally a bit of comfort." We believe that some people who want to do RYA training would prefer to have a bit of comfort and perhaps pay a little more, so this is why we set up Snowdonia Sailing School.

We offer the full range of RYA Practical Courses to find out more about each of the courses use the links below.

If our published dates don't suit give us a call or send an email, as we often have bespoke courses running.

What happening this Spring

12th - 20th March 9 day Complete Day Skipper

Do you want to be in charge of your own boat, or you want to charter on your own this year?
So you've done a bit of yacht sailing, perhaps completed a Competent Crew Course but never learnt how to navigate. This is the course for you, in one go learn the theory and practical skills you need to run your own boat.
Over 9 days we will build your skills and confidence to Day Skipper Level. First studying the theory of navigation and seamanship, then putting it into practice straight away. Far the best way to learn.
All accompanied, as ever, with some fabulous food, carefully selected wine all aboard Celtic Star.

7th & 8th May - Skills Update and Refresher Weekend, and ICC Assessments

An early season opportunity to blow away those cobwebs and polish up your skills. We will be covering:
  • Close Quarters Boat Handling under power and sail
  • Moorings under power and sail
  • Marina Parking (just under power!!)
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Downwind Sailing Techniques
  • For those wanting to charter their own yacht this year but ned to get an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) we will be running coaching and assessments through the weekend. All accompanied, as ever, with some fabulous food, carefully selected wine all aboard Celtic Star.

    Early Season Milebuilders

    A couple of early season opportunities to get back in practice with some longer passages.

    26th - 30th March - Easter Cruise and RYA Coastal Skipper & Competent Crew Course
    A chance to see some of the Irish Sea Ports and get a few miles under your belt whether you are a beginner or a more experienced sailor. For those looking for an opportunity to take on Coastal Skipper this is an ideal week. Over the 5 days we will get a mixture of basic skill work, as well as covering a couple of longer passages. On the first evening we will plan the cruise dependent on the weather. Could be Isle of Man, Northern or Southern Ireland, even the Mull of Galloway or perhaps Cardigan Bay. Rest assured the food will be fabulous, the wines delicious and the boat warm and comfortable.£695

    20th - 23rd May - Ireland and Back
    A four day dash to the ROI. We will leave Deganwy on the 20th for a passage to Holyhead, a chance for everyone to get their sea legs. Next day an early start and cross the Irish Sea to Dun Laoghaire or Howth, arriving in time for a couple of pints of Guinness then some good Irish food. On Sunday we will head back to the Llyn Peninsula or the South Coast of Anglesey, then Monday an early start to sail through the Menai Straits back to the Conwy River. £550

    RYA Courses

    Over the season we offer the full range of RYA Course in addition we also organise and run various cruises, if you have an idea of what you are looking for follow the links below. If you are happier talking to a human being the call Richard on 07976 604297, we are always happy to have a chat and advise you on what you need.
  • Start Yachting - An introduction to Sail Cruising
  • Competent Crew - Basic Skills
  • Day Skipper - Learn to Run Your Own Yacht
  • Coastal Skipper - Further afield
  • Yachtmaster Exam Preparation
  • Milebuilders - Offshore Cruises in the Irish Sea
  • RYA Theory Courses
  • Most of our courses run on a 2 plus 3 system. This means that you can come along for all 5 days, or choose and two or three days and use these to build up towards the full five days you need for a Competent Crew or Day Skipper qualification. It also means that you can do your 5 days and take just one day off work! Alternatively if you can't manage a three day break then both Competent Crew and Days Skipper can be done over three weekends. Coastal Skipper has to be over 5 consecutive days.

    Course Dates and prices