RYA Courses

Please note that courses are not currently running as Shantih is cruising to Gibraltar.

We provide an excellent programme of RYA courses ranging from Start Yachting right through to Yachtmaster preparation.

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A short introduction to sailing for complete beginners

By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competence Crew course in a reduced time of three days or two weekends.


Pre-course experience

None

Assumed knowledge

None

Minimum age

None

Course content

The yacht, ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology.

Ability after the course

Basic knowledge of yachting.

Price and Duration

2 days – £205

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers

Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered.

By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.


Pre-course experience

None

Assumed knowledge

None

Minimum age

None

Course content

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies.

Ability after the course

Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines.

Price and Duration

  • 5 days – £465
  • 3 two day sessions – £615

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.

Before this course, if you are not sure that you sailing is up to speed, a good way to learn is on an RYA Level 2 dinghy course. This will teach you to sail around a course and control the boat’s speed. Although not something we cater for, this course is widely available all over the UK and abroad.

If it’s help with navigation that you need, you should take our Day Skipper Combo course which combines both the practical and theory elements.

There are many charter companies that will allow you to charter a yacht after successfully completing this course, making it the gateway to your ambition of being in sole charge of a boat.


Pre-course experience

5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht. Can be accumulated during the course if you don’t already have this.

Assumed knowledge

Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand, otherwise you can choose our Day Skipper Combo course.

Minimum age

16

Course content

Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising.

Ability after the course

Able to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight.

Price and Duration

Practical only:

  • 5 days – £465
  • 3 two day sessions – £615

Combo – Practical and Theory:

  • 9 days – £837

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence (the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam).

If haven’t already completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course beforehand then you can opt for our Coastal Skipper Combo course with combines both theory and practical elements.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster.


Pre-course experience

15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours. If you don’t quite have all this then you might be able to accumulate the remainder during the course.

Assumed knowledge

Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal.

Minimum age

17

Course content

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations

Ability after the course

Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.

Price and Duration

Practical only:

  • 5 days – £465
  • 3 two day sessions – £615

Combo – Practical and Theory:

  • 9 days – £837

An RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and seatime, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge. However, attending this preparation course will greatly increase your chances of passing the exam. During the week your skills will be assessed and any areas that need improvement identified.

The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS (collision regulations), meteorology and signals. Candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability and may also be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shorebased courses up to Yachtmaster Coastal level.

There are two levels of assessment available – Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore. There’s no difference in the content, just the required level of ability and previous experience.

After the 5 day preparation course you will remain on the boat for the exam which will take another 1-2 days (8-12 hours per candidate).

Please note: Before taking the exam you will already have to have completed the required milage (see below), hold a VHF certificate, and have a valid first aid certificate of an acceptable type. This is an advanced level and if you have any questions then please get in contact, we would be glad to hear from you.


Pre-course experience – Yachtmaster Coastal

30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (if you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours). Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters.

Pre-course experience – Yachtmaster Offshore

50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.

Certification required

A GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade of marine radio certificate. A valid and acceptable first aid certificate.

Minimum age

18

Course content

Customised to suit your needs.

Ability after the course

Able to skipper a yacht on either coastal (up to 60 miles from a safe haven) or offshore passages (up to 150 miles from a safe haven) by day and night.

Price

5 days – £465
1-2 day(s) exam time use of boat – £205

exam fee payable directly to RYA via the examiner
(currently £181 for Yachtmaster Coastal, and £210 for Yachtmaster Offshore)

This is the doorway into the world of instructing cruising courses. You will attend a five day course with the Chief Instructor who will show you how to teach the RYA cruising syllabus.

During the course your sailing and communication skills will be under assessment. On successful completion you will be eligible to teach Competent Crew and Day Skipper practical courses at RYA Training Centres.

Note: Candidates must hold a commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate prior to attending the training.

5 days – £465