Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is Langkawi Sailing School?
We are a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recongnised training Centre, offering the full range of RYA practical and theory sail training Courses based on the RYA Cruising Scheme. We are the only School offering RYA Yachtmaster Fastrack training in SE Asia.

Who is the RYA?

For more information on the Royal Yachting Association click here


Where are we based?
We operate out of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Marina, Langkawi, Malaysia. This is in Kuah near the main ferry terminal. Our Courses take place in the stunning Andaman Sea, situated between the Indian Ocean and the West Coast of Thailand and Malaysia. Our sailing area extends as far as Singapore in the South and Burma in the North. Crew change Ports include Port Klang, Penang, Langkawi, and Phuket in Thailand, SE Asia. Click on Course program for dates. Course Program


What is included in the price?

Shorebased Courses;
Course pack, tuition, exam fees, and certificates.

Practical Courses;
Fuel, mooring fees, Customs and immigration charges, bedding, tuition, RYA Certificates and your food and accommodation onboard.

What is not included?

Practical Courses;
Food and drink taken ashore, Drinks onboard excluding water, fruit juices, tea and Coffee. Towels. RYA Yachtmaster and Coastal Skipper Exam Fees. (Payable direct to the RYA) Personal Travel Insurance, we recommend you arrange an insurance covering adventure pursuits such as Offshore sailing.


Shorebased Courses;
Accommodation and food and transport. Rooms are available in the Pantai Cenang area of Langkawi from 50.00 RM per night, there is a great variety of restaurants and Cafes to suit all tastes and budgets. Transport is normally motor scooter (from 25.00 RM per day, or car hire. Our students sometimes get together and car share.

What food will we get?
Food onboard is a very important part of your enjoyment of the Course. We try our best to ensure all tastes are catered for. The yachts are supplied with enough food for breakfast, lunch and 2 evening meals for each 5 day Course. Your Instructor is supplied with a cash float to top up with fresh supplies when required.

Do I have to cook any meals?
Part of the RYA course training is learning to prepare food and cook while at sea. As part of the crew you will make a contribution to the running of the yacht. This includes the preparation of meals and clean up afterwards.

Are special food requirements catered for?
Yes, your joining instructions ask you to inform us of any special food requirements. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

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How many students are on the Course?
Each Course has a maximum of 5 students on each boat.


When does the Course start and finish?
Our 5 day practical course starts at 1900hrs on a Sunday evening. The Course finshes with clean up and issue of certificates on Friday evening. You will be clear of the yacht by around 1700hrs.
Our Shorebased Courses run for 5 days. They start at 0900hrs Mon morning and finish around 1700hrs Friday evening.
Our Sail Training Modules and Fastrack Courses are an extension of this and based around the same framework.


Is everyone doing the same course?
No, each Course will have a mixture of experience, ability, and level of competence, trainee Skippers will be working with all levels which is perfect for learning from each other.


Which is the right Course for me?

The RYA courses are listed in the folowing link, showing pre course knowledge and experience required for each course. Course Summary
We will request information from you about your previous experience and any qualifications you already have. We also ask you why you want to do the course. We will then advise you the best way to progress with your training and which course will suit you best. Pre-Course requirements are posted on our website for each Course.


What should I bring with me?
Details of what to bring are included in your Course Joining Instructions. RYA Log books and publications are available for purchase from Langkawi Sailing School

Is there any pre-course reading I can do to prepare for my course?
The books and publications we recommend are available here. Click on our School Shop

How far is the yacht from the nearest airport?
The yacht will always be close to an International airport for the crew change. Airports are Langkawi and Phuket with regular and cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur they are the most convienient. Detailed directions of how to find us and where to meet are included in your Course Joining Instructions.

What travel documents/Visas/Jabs do I need?
You will need a valid passport with an expiry date of at least 6 months from the date you return. Also make sure there are some free pages for entry and exit stamps in your passport. The information below can change so we advise you to go to the links below to check the rules for your own Passport.
Malaysia,
Visas
You will get a 90 day tourist Visa on arrival in Malaysia. We will be sailing in and out of the Country so the 90 days will start again on re-entry so no need for any other Visa.
For more info http://www.malaysiatravel.org.uk/visa-rules.html

Thailand,
The same applies but for 30 days.
Again because we are sailing in and out no need for other visas unless you plan to stay on.
For more info http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908

Immunizations
Please check with your Doctor which jabs you need.
Malaria is not a problem in Coastal Areas.


What type of boats will I be on?
Kay Sira is a Slipper 42ft sailing Ketch, Aeolus XC is a Beneteau Oceanis 35ft sloop. Sade 2 is a Harmony 38 Click here for more info


What safety Equipment is supplied onboard?
Our Vessels are approved RYA training vessels. They comply with the RYA Safety Equipment check list and carry LifeRafts, Life Jackets, Flares, Fire Fighting Equipment, First aid Kit, etc. They are inspected Annually by a representative from the RYA

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Will I get my own cabin?
Sleeping space is allocated on a course by course basis and this is done at the start of the course. You may have to share your cabin but we try to keep cabins available for couples or friends if we can. If you want your own cabin, this can be arranged if we have space, by paying a single supplement fee. Contact us for details.


Are there laundry facilities?
These are available at most ports of call and they usually have an overnight service.


Is there easy access to the internet?
Wireless connections are available at all the marinas. You can also get online via mobile phone. Coverage is good and reasonably priced.


How far do we sail and where do we go?
On a typical 5 day practical Course we would sail between 120-200 Nm. The ports visited will depend on the trip you sign up for. Click here for program
Sample itinerarys are posted on our website.

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Updated Aug 2016