Practical Motor Courses

Start Motor Cruising

This is an entry level course and can be run in conjunction with higher level courses for mixed ability groups. This course is ideal for introducing friends or family members to crewing a motor boat, and for giving them an understanding of how they can assist the helm.

Course Content
  • The Yacht
  • Ropework
  • Underway
  • Rules of the road
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Emergency equipment and precautions
  • Methodology
Price: €500.00 + Fuel Consumption
Assumed knowledge and pre-course experience: None
Minimum Age: 8 Years Old
Minimum Duration: 1 day as a stand-alone course, 2 days if accompanying another course
Ability after the course: Able to be a useful crew member and assist the helm

Helmsman

This course is ideal for new owners conscious of the difficulty and hazards of boat handling in the marina. It is useful for crews as well as skippers. Apart from the obvious safety benefits of extra boat handlers on board, it adds interest if everyone can contribute to the trip.

Course Content
  • Boat Preparation
  • Boat Handling
  • Types of Craft
  • Engines & Drives
  • Engine Operation & Maintenance
  • Safety & Seamanship
  • Rules of the Road
  • Securing to a Buoy
  • Berthing Alongside
  • Man Overboard Recovery
Price: €500.00 + Fuel Consumption
Assumed knowledge and pre-course experience: None
Minimum Age: 12 Years Old
Minimum Duration: 2 Days
Ability after the course: Competent to handle a motor cruiser of a specific type in sheltered waters

Day Skipper

Take charge on short passages under instruction, with help and advice from your instructor. This course can also help you get the best from your modern electronic aids such as GPS and radar, which are now virtually standard equipment on modern motor cruisers. Before attending the course, you should be able to navigate and are well advised to attend the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course to brush up on your skills
Course Content
  • Preparation for sea
  • Boat handling
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Engines
  • Emergency situations
  • Night cruising
Price: €800.00 + Fuel Consumption
Assumed knowledge and pre-course experience: 2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser. Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shorebased Course before taking this practical course
Minimum Age: 16 Years Old
Minimum Duration: 4 Days
Ability after the course: Able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day

Advanced Pilotage

This is a higher-level course for people moving on from Day Skipper towards Coastal Skipper. This course is ideal for those who want to progress their night pilotage skills but might not yet have the experience required for the Coastal Skipper course.

Course Content
  • Passage Planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making & responsibility as a skipper (daylight hours)
  • Use of Radar
  • Boat handling
  • Dealing with adverse weather conditions
  • Dealing with emergency situations
  • Night cruising
Price: €500.00 + Fuel Consumption
Assumed knowledge and pre-course experience: Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper practical course. Theory knowledge to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course, a VHF/SRC certificate and first aid.
Minimum Age: 17 Years Old
Minimum Duration: 2 days including 1 evening
Ability after the course: Able to undertake more advanced passages by day and night

Coastal Skipper

For the more ambitious skipper to improve their skills, take charge and learn to make full use of the boat on longer, more complex passages. Before taking this course, it is virtually essential to have attended the equivalent shorebased course, to ensure that time is not wasted teaching theory on board. An important aspect of this course is learning to take command and make decisions resulting in relaxed, well-planned passages and a happy crew. Don't expect to coast through without making the occasional error - learn your strengths and weaknesses and gain knowledge from your mistakes. By the end of the course you should be ready to build on your experience and maybe work towards a Certificate of Competence

Course Content
  • Passage Planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making & responsibility as a skipper
  • Radar
  • Boat handling
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations
Price: €900.00 + Fuel Consumption
Assumed knowledge and pre-course experience: 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours. Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper practical motor cruising course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course
Minimum Age: 17 Years Old
Minimum Duration: 5 Days
Ability after the course: Able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night

Yachtmaster Prep Week

Note: All qualifying sea time and passages must be gained on vessels appropriate to the type of exam i.e. gained in sailing vessels for a sail exam and power vessels for a power exam. 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.

You will be set tasks to demonstrate your ability and may also be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shorebased courses up to Yachtmaster Coastal level.

  • The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.
  • Full details of the exam syllabus and requirements are shown in the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme and Logbook (G158).
  • Yachtmaster Coastal practical exams can be taken under sail or power and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. You or a training centre provide the boat and the RYA provides an examiner.
Price: €1000.00 + Fuel Consumption
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