About Taking The Helm

We are a company specialising in a very personal approach to RYA instruction and bespoke sail training, from beginner to advanced, from Start Sailing and Competent Crew through to Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean.

We offer RYA Shorebased theory courses, family based tuition (including race training and racing) and other modular courses tailored to your needs. Our theory courses are run in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey and our practical courses run from the Solent or from wherever your boat is moored!

This customer led approach gives us the opportunity to offer you sailing instruction tailored exactly to your needs, be it corporate team building or Leadership training, mentored sailing, own boat tuition or another form of sailing activity.

If you don’t find the information you are looking for on our site, please feel free to contact us by phone or email. You may have an idea we haven't thought of. We can discuss your requirements and options and promise to reply to you on the same day.

Remember, It's not all about the boat you sail, but as much about the performance of the people who sail it.


Mason King
Mason King is the Principal of Taking The Helm. He is a Yachtmaster Instructor who has been teaching people to sail for 20 years, instructing on RYA courses at all levels as well as modular and race training. He is also a Yachtmaster Power and RYA Dinghy Instructor.

He has a passion for racing and for training inexperienced sailors to race competitively. He is also a keen astro navigator who likes his students to go home with an understanding of the subject, not just a knowledge of how to get through exams. This is an ethos that he carries through all of his training.

Having recently completed 30 years with the Met. Police in the Specialist Firearms Dept. as well as other operational roles, he has practical experience of team building, leadership training and facilitation.

Mason can be contacted on 07973 295027 or at info@takingthehelm.co.uk

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