Start Crewing Course

Do you want to learn how to sail but don’t know how to start? Do you look out on the river and wonder how do you get to be crewing in a twilight race?

sailBYC is a nationally accredited training “Discover Sailing” centre which offers a range of courses.

Our training boat “sailBYC” is an old racing boat which has an open cockpit which allows plenty of space between the students so that they can learn the specifics of the course in comfort. The boat is large enough that you don’t need to get wet, but equally, by changing sails we can make the boat exciting to sail. We have plans to expand our offerings from entry level to advanced.

Start Crewing assumes no previous knowledge or experience. By attending this course, we’ll teach you the basic nautical terminology, how to set up the boat and how to begin sailing it. You’ll learn the basic knots, learn how to hoist sails and how to trim them. By the end of the course you’ll have the basics to begin sailing and we’ll strive to introduce you to owners who are looking for crew and highly value this accreditation. This is the entry level pathway that can progress you to acquire the skills needed that would help you skipper your own boat.

Start crewing is suitable for all ages from youth to seniors and we guarantee that you will have a lot of fun. We’re happy to take individuals, families, or groups who would like to give sailing a go. Our instructors are highly experienced, and we’ll ensure that you’ll be learning in a safe environment. Please note that any children aged under 16 would need to be accompanied by an adult guardian who has also registered for the course.

The course includes 6 months membership of the Bellerive Yacht Club and you’ll receive a completion certificate. You wil also receive a course handbook and a logbook.

You’ll need a warm jacket and soft soled shoes. We encourage you to purchase a pair of sailing gloves, but we have plenty on board and a few spare jackets if you don’t.