COVID-19 Sailing courses during the pandemic

UPDATED 4 Mar 2021

The government recently announced the 4 step plan to bring the country out of lockdown at a safe and steady pace. This is welcome news, and we look forward to courses resuming in some form from April. For some sectors of industry, the road map clearly outlines proposed dates for restarting. However, it is currently unclear how these plans will affect sail training. British Marine and our governing body the RYA are currently reviewing the detailed regulations and will update training centres in due course. With a diligent approach, we are looking forward to a more normal summer of sailing and to welcoming you back to BOSS!

Some online, distance learning and occupational courses remain available and are listed below. For more details please call our bookings office on 02380 457733. We are always happy to discuss your sailing plans.

 What is available now:

Online Theory Courses

  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship 
  • RYA Day Skipper
  • RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster 
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
  •  Short Range VHF Certificate Course
  • PPR


Courses Required for Professional Qualifications

  • STCW Basic Sea Safety
  • STCW First Aid
  • STCW Sea Survival

 Guidance on the easing of restrictions and how it will affect what sailing and training is on offer is set out below;

Stage 1

From 8 March

What's Available

One to one practical training can take place on a non live aboard day sailing only basis. This means one person can be taught onboard a yacht by an instructor. Charter the whole boat with an instructor or book Own Boat Tuition

 from 29 March

What's Available

 Practical training courses can take place on a non live-aboard day sailing only basis, for those who live locally or within a reasonable daily commute. A change in the governments messaging: from “Stay at Home” to “Stay Local”.

Stage 2

No earlier than 12th April

What's Available

 Practical training courses can take place on a non live-aboard day sailing only basis, for those who live locally, or within a reasonable daily commute, or who have self-contained accommodation booked.

Stage 3

No earlier than 17th May

What's Available

Classroom courses with a maximum group size of 6 can resume.

All practical training courses can take place on a non liveaboard day sailing only basis.

Stage 4

No earlier than the 21st June

With appropriate mitigations in place, by Step 4, the Government aims to remove all legal obligations to limit social contact.

What's Available

All classroom based courses  

Practical training courses can take place on a fully residential basis 

Fully residential DofE Expeditions and Youth Courses can resume. 

UK Cruises will commence



We would reiterate that the governments decisions on easing restrictions will be led by data rather than specific dates. Our plan for opening up sailing courses again has been drawn up with the government instructions in mind whilst maintaining  our priority to ensure the safety of staff and customers. We understand that everyone is keen to get back out on the water and we will attempt to run our courses as scheduled, some changes may be necessary however if the stages are delayed.. We love talking about your sailing plans but please do not ask us to bend the rules or break the law for you. Also, remember that the restrictions on un-necessary travel are still currently in place.

With the longer term uncertainly still surrounding overseas travel and restrictions on numbers in classrooms, we have regrettably decided to suspend all RYA Basic Sea Survival courses and all non-UK based cruises until June 2021 (subject to review). 

Full details can be found Here

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