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(Published Jan 2017 replacing version Sept 2010)

What is yachting?

The term Yachting (previously known as Offshore Sailing) refers to sailing boats which have a keel designed to provide a righting movement via its weight. Yachts have built in accommodation.

What is a yachting permit?

The adventurous activity permit scheme is designed to ensure that only people with the relevant skills and experience lead adventurous activities for the young people. Therefore all activities classed as adventurous can only be led by someone holding the appropriate permit.

A Yachting permit is required for all Yachting taking place in any class of water.

Levels of permit

Permits for Yachting can be issued for any class of water. Each class of permit can be further restricted (such as through size of vessel etc.) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of any person.

Types of permit

There is one type of permit available for Yachting. This is:

Leadership - Allows the permit holder to lead Yachting for a single boat.

Permit limitations

Leadership – If you have permit to lead Yachting then you can look after only one boat at a time. You will need to remain on board the boat whenever it is being used.

Rules relating to yachting

Rule 9.7 Adventurous Activities Permit Scheme

Rule 9.8 Adult groups undertaking activities

Rule 9.13.1 All water activities

Rule 9.13.2 Life Jackets and Buoyancy Aids

Rule 9.13.3 Classification of Waters

Rule 9.13.4 Activities on class c waters

Rule 9.13.5 Boats

Rule 9.13.6 Charter Vessels

General activity rules

Rule 9.1 All Activities

Rule 9.6 Use of External Centres and Instructors

Additional information

Activities A-Z

Activity Permit Scheme

Sailing FAQ's

National Directory of Waters

Where a yachting permit is used offshore additional requirements may be required, particularly if operating on MCA ‘Coded’ yachts.