RYA National Sailing Scheme Better Sailing – Level 3

Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association RYA National Sailing Scheme Syllabus & Logbook G4 Book Cover Photo

On successful completion of this course you will now be more safety conscious and capable of sailing without an instructor on board in light to moderate conditions. This improver course aims to bridge the gap between Basic skills and the RYA Advanced sailing modules. The course gives an introduction to each of the five advanced modules so that you can decide which avenue of sailing you’d prefer to progress as well as consolidate your earlier learning.

At PDSSA we take this course in a variety of small dinghies. You may be sailing single handed, in a two man boat with another sailor and an instructor close to you in a safety boat or possibly in a crewed boat with an instructor on board.

It is recommended that all participants consolidate their basic skills with the better sailing level 3 course as well as practice between courses.


  • 16 Hours split over two consecutive days

Pre – requisites

Course Detail


  • Understands how to use rig and sail controls to prepare the boat according to different weather conditions and sea states
  • Can check a spinnaker is rigged correctly

Core Skills

  • Can leave and return to a shore, jetty, mooring or slipway in light windward and leeward shore conditions
  • Can recover a man overboard effectively
  • Can use the sail tell-tales effectively
  • Can reef a sail when required
  • Can demonstrate a ‘dry capsize’
  • Understands how to avoid inversion
  • Can sail using efficient and skillful application of The Five Essentials
  • Can tack maintaining boat speed and balance upwind
  • Can gybe maintaining boat speed and balance
  • Can show good use of crew and to best effect
  • Understands when to and the importance of manoeuvre timing


Our Address is

Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association
Boathouse 17
Madeira Road
The Hoe

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You’ll find us at the southern end of the Barbican Wharves between the Barbican Landing stage, The Old White House on the end of Pheonix Wharf and Elphinstone car park. All of this below the south eastern quarter of the Royal Citadel. Check us out on the map here and on our contact page.

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