The RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Coastal qualification is the next step for anyone who has completed the RYA Coastal Skipper qualification and now wants to either skipper longer passages or progress to a career in sailing.
We offer 2 options for the Yachtmaster Preparation. 5 day or 10 day.
If you're feeling rusty with your skills, or maybe you have many miles but lack close quarter handling skills or need to brush up your parking skills then the 10 day Yachtmaster Preparation course is for you.
The 5 day training course is all about preparing you. At the end of the week, you will feel more confident in your own ability and able to take the exam if you feel ready.
What happens on this course?
You’ll be onboard with one of our experienced RYA Yachtmaster Instructors. Their first job will be to assess your strengths and weaknesses. As the week progresses, they will help you tackle any particular areas of weakness, highlight your strengths and increase your confidence when making decisions.
You will take charge of the yacht on a series of short passages by day and night. You’ll be expected to lead your crew, navigate confidently and handle your boat efficiently and safely under power and sail, out at sea and in a confined space. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to set the yacht for downwind sailing with a poled out headsail or, weather permitting, a spinnaker.
We’ll give you the chance to tackle a range of challenging scenarios, practice weather forecasting, application of collision regulations, pilotage and passage planning. We’ll provide you with robust feedback throughout and emphasize exactly what else will be expected during the exam.
As this qualification is considered to be the pinnacle of RYA training, we make every attempt to ensure the correct skill mix on board the yacht. We will never schedule a Yachtmaster Preparation week with RYA Day Skipper students on board in order to ensure maximum attention is given to the candidates.
It is our policy that we will never have more than 3 students on board in order to allow a thorough examination to take place and for you to gain a qualification to be proud of.
What experience do I need?
- RYA Coastal Skipper qualification or equivalent (check your know your theory here and practical here)
- A minimum of 800 logged miles - half of which must be conducted in tidal waters, within the last 10 years, including 30 days onboard, 2 as skipper and 12 night hours
- For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper qualification, the sea time requirement is reduced to 400 miles, 20 days living on board, two days as skipper and 12 night hours
- First Aid Certificate
- VHF Certificate
- You must over 17 years of age
If you are unsure you're ready, email us or give us a call on 07925 784407
- Accommodation onboard throughout the course
- Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals
- Waterproof clothing
- Bedding and towels
- Safety equipment
- Mooring fees
- All charts and publications
- 5 full days training - examination on the 6th day or,
- 10 full days training - examination on the 11th day
What's not included:
- RYA YM Examination Fee
- Examiners travel costs (if applicable)
See course dates below.
Choose either the 5 day preparation course plus an additional day for the exam or 10 day preparation course plus additional day for exam
5 day course from £849
10 day course from £1690
Option for own cabin:
To guarantee your own cabin for the duration of your course, please select available dates below.
Please note: If you choose not to guarantee your own cabin, you may be allocated a saloon berth.
If you are making a booking for two people and are happy to share a cabin with each other, you do not need to select the own cabin option.
5 day course from £1049
10 day course from £2040
How to book:
It's easy! Just select either the 5 or 10 day preparation course date you want below. Click on book, confirm that this is the course and date that you want and then complete your details on our secure online booking system. A 25% deposit is all that's needed, with the balance payable 30 days before your course starts.
The RYA Yachtmaster coastal will prove to other skippers and charter companies that you are a safe and credible sailor. Your next step is to hone your sailing skills while you gain miles through one of our mile building adventures or sailing on your own. Ultimately you will be ready for one of our Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation courses!