YAI - Training



This course is designed to equip the sailor with enhanced skills and awareness of the surrounding environment for undertaking a day/short sailing journey.


You will receive a Day sailing certificate and be able to plan and sail a boat for a day/short expedition.


Basic Skills 3 or equivalent experience.


Please contact a Yachting Association of India's Training Centre or your nearest Sailing Club. Please ask them about our Yachting Association of India's trainee Logbooks so that you can monitor your progress.

You can also buy the logbook online from this website. Please keep your credit / debit card information readily available, prior to placing the order. All transactions are safe and secure.


Continue training in Small Boat Sailing to achieve expertise and graduate to one of the other schemes.



1. Planning a day sail

  • Using knowledge gained from charts, tidal information and weather forecasts, candidates should be able to create a pilotage / passage plan.
  • Time and distance of each leg, hazards that may be encountered/avoided on each leg, alternative destinations, final destination and return journey.

2. Clothing & equipment

  • Understand what different clothing & equipment will be needed for a journey. Eg. extra warm clothing for emergency use.
  • Extra equipment for the dinghy to be carried EG towline, paddles, anchor & warp, spares (clevis pins, split rings, line, repair tape, tools, shackles)

3. Navigation

  • Knowledge of the nautical charts – the significance of the colours, navigation marks and their significance, charted depths & drying heights, tidal diamonds – streams & rates, compass rose.
  • Latitude & longitude grids and their significance, scale, distance and the measuring of bearings.

4. Pilotage

  • Understanding of local navigation marks, channels and hazards. They should be able to sail a passage using all of these accordingly.


  • Understanding of the relevant collision regulations that will affect them when they are taking part in sailing activities.

6. Meteorology

  • Understand how to use synoptic charts to best effect. This will include recognising high and low pressure systems, warm and cold fronts, isobars and trends.

7. Rigging

  • Complete rigging without assistance.
  • Rig trapeze and spinnaker.

8. Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres

  • Anchoring a boat by initially dropping the jib in readiness.
  • Controlling boat speed by sailing backwards, stopping and starting.
  • Rudderless sailing - how the sails and hull shape all interact with each other and allow the boat to sail efficiently.

9. Launching and Recovery

  • Care of equipment including spinnaker and trapeze.
  • Bring boat alongside a fixed / moored / anchored structure with minimum assistance.

10. Winds, Tides and Currents

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