Small red boat motoring past St Anthony's light house at Mylor Sailng School near Falmouth, Cornwall

RYA Day Sailing Passage Planning Course

This course is for children or adults.  Learn how to get from A to B in a sailing boat.  RYA Day Sailing passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising.

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Dates for this course are on the online calendar. If you cannot see your required dates then please get in touch and we can usually add them for you, no problem!!

This course allows you to plan a short hop safely with accuracy using charts, tides and weather.

RYA Day Sailing course content includes, chart use, tides, meteorology, launching and landing in a variety of places, anchoring, safety equipment, more efficient sailing skills, further background knowledge.

You can then put your plan into use and sail to your chosen destination (weather permitting).  In our very large Fal estuary which is the third deepest in the world and over a mile across, makes for a perfect place to sail a dinghy or a keelboat.  See Falmouth, Cornwall from a different and stunning view.


Group SizePrice
3 or more£185pp


We booked 2 days instruction at the last minute. I was very grateful to Tracey who managed to sort everything out for us without much notice. I was very nervous but all the staff were very welcoming and enthusiastic.

Frequently asked questions

When do you run these courses?

We can run this course at a time to suit you. Most of our courses are done on demand. We are open 7 days a week and all year round. Please get in touch to check availability and to book in. All clothing and equipment provided. This can be booked on a 1:1 basis or we can get you to join a group if preferred.

I gained my Level 2/3 a few years ago, do I have to start again or can I go straight to the advanced levels?

If you have had quite a long time since you have been on the water then depending on how long this period is, we will either have to start again or blow out a few cobwebs . It is probably best to call to discuss so that we can advise you the best course to sign up to. You may be able to just book a half day 1:1 session and we can get you up to scratch.

Can I just pay a deposit to secure my booking?

At the checkout you have the option to either pay in full or click on 'Klana' which is a free payment instalment platform where you can spread the payments.

What do I need to bring?

We provide all the clothing and equipment you will need. If you are going in a smaller boat then you will get wet. Here at Mylor Sailing School we have plenty of wetsuits for all ages and sizes. If you are going in a dryer boat then we will provide waterproof jackets and trousers to go over your clothing. The only thing we do not provide is footwear so you will need to bring something that you don’t mind getting wet, like wetsuit shoes or trainers. If you are wearing a wetsuit you will also need to bring your bathing suit for underneath this and a towel. This will all be explained in your booking confirmation once you have confirmed your booking.

Do I have to capsize?

Here at Mylor Sailing School we will never make anybody do anything that they would not like to do. For the more elementary stages of sailing you need to understand what to do in the event of a capsize and this will be talked through/demonstrated when you are booking onto the RYA courses. Normally once you have had a practical experience of a capsize in a controlled environment then any fears are normally alleviated.

If it rains will it still be on?

Yes, we still go sailing in the rain. Most of the time you are going to get wet anyway! We provide all wetsuits for the smaller wet boats and waterproofs for the larger, drier boats to keep you as comfortable as possible. We also provide all the safety equipment. If the weather is not suitable we will rearrange your course.

I cannot swim, is this ok?

Yes this is absolutely fine. You will always be wearing either a buoyancy aid or a life jacket that will keep you floating if you do enter the water. We normally ask this question on the booking form but it is just for our instructors information.

How many people in a group?

For Sailing, depending on the level of experience of the sailor will determine how many we are able to have in a group due to the Royal Yachting Associations strict regulations. We are generally allowed to have 6 people to 1 instructor for the first few levels of the RYA courses. Here at Mylor Sailing School, once we get a beginner group of more than 4 we prefer to also put an assistant instructor with the instructor so that we do not dilute the tuition too much. Depending on the experience of the sailors it may vary between 6:1 or 9:1. Tuition also available on a 1:1 basis. These ratios are slightly different for our fun sessions though.

Do I have to wear a buoyancy aid/life jacket?

Yes, due to the usual regulations, everybody that is going afloat will need to wear either a buoyancy aid or a life jacket for safety reasons.

I want to buy my own wetsuit, can you recommend where I can do this nearby?

There are some good shops in Falmouth and Truro selling watersports clothing and equipment.

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