The aim of the RYA sail cruising and RYA yachtmaster scheme is to encourage high standards of seamanship and navigation. The practical sailing courses give you the opportunity to receive expert instruction and advance you to a level of seamanship in 5 days which may otherwise take years to achieve.
The sail cruising scheme courses can be entered at any stage according to your knowledge and experience; there is no need to start at beginners level. You can enjoy them to simply increase your knowledge and confidence , or use them as a progression to the RYA/MCA certificates of competence, which are recognised worldwide.
RYA Accredited Sailing School course completion certificates and certificates of competency are internationally recognised and accepted by most charter companies worldwide.
You can gain the RYA/MCA commercial qualifications further down the track once you complete your Coastal Skipper, Offshore and Ocean Yachtmaster Examinations, which leads on from the practical courses we offer.
All of our instructors are fully RYA qualified and vastly experienced in coastal and ocean sailing, enthusiastic and very keen to pass on their knowledge.
Become a Skipper or Crew Member
All skipper and crew courses are for 5 days and live aboard for the duration.
We aim to cover at least 100 miles which includes one night sail of 4-5 hours during this time. All meals are provided on board and you can relax after a satisfying day at sea with a cold one.
The yacht is fully equipped for offshore conditions including full harness inflatable life jackets, for your safety and comfort.
Courses are run year round and subject to demand on the scheduled dates. Competent Crew is often run in conjunction with either Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper and restricted to a maximum of 5 students. This means you get more personal instruction and the yacht can be run efficiently and as if in a normal cruising situation.
Certificates are awarded on the successful completion of each course and applicable to the level of competency achieved for your particular course.
Competent Crew Course
The competent crew course is for beginners and those who have had a previous brief introduction to sailing and would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.
Day Skipper Course
Th day skipper course will take you to the level where you can skipper a small yacht on short passages by day and be in charge and responsible for the safety of your crew.
Coastal Skipper Course
The coastal skipper course is a five-day advanced course for those skippers wanting to undertake coastal voyages by day and night.
Certification & Qualifications
After a successful course you will be awarded a course completion certificate. An RYA/MCA Certificate of Competence for Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean can be gained by examination conducted by RYA Yachtmaster examiners who are independent of sailing schools.
We can offer exam preparation tuition and then arrange for the Certificate of Competence examination at the conclusion of your prep course. To obtain a MCA commercial endorsement you will also need to have a medical fitness certificate and attend a sea survival course.
An RYA/MCA Certificate of Competence is recognised throughout the world and is often one of the required qualification options for professional skippers.