Introduction to Motor Cruising: 1 or 2
The course consists of boating safety & basic seamanship No previous knowledge is required or assumed. The
instruction is designed to enable you to be a useful crew member with knowledge
of basic seamanship and safety. It is an informal course that covers both the
practical and theory for newcomers to boating .
Helmsmans Course: 2 days.
This is a 2 day
boat handling courseThe course consists of boating safety, boat handling and
man overboard. It is particularly suitable for people new to motor cruising.
Some practical experience is desirable but not essential. On successful
completion of the course you should be competent to crew and handle a motor cruiser in
sheltered waters. The Helmsman course is the same for non-tidal and tidal
Introduction to Motor Cruising, the Helmsman course
and the Day Skipper course can be combined into a single 5 day course.
This course is a minimum of 4 days-5 days if
combined with Helmsman - 6 days if completed over 3 x 2 day periods.
The course covers more thoroughly boat handling, safety, pilotage,
meteorology and some coastal navigation. A certificate is awarded on successful
completion and you should be capable of skippering a motor cruiser in local and
familiar waters by day on completion.
Day Skipper Theory: 5 -7 days
study at theory school, or by correspondence or at night school. An elementary
course in seamanship, navigation and meteorology. It is the forerunner to the
more advanced Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore standard. The course
consists of classroom tuition, a set of course completion papers and written
exam papers. A certificate is awarded on successfully completing the course
work and passing the exams.The shorebased theory syllabus is the same for
sailing and motorboating
6 - 7 days minimum intensive
theory course or correspondence course or night school This is an advanced
course in offshore & coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology for
candidates for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of
Competence. An elementary knowledge is presumed (to Day Skipper theory at
least) although the syllabus allows for some revision. There is however a lot
to cover in the time allocated. There are course completion papers and a set of
written exam papers to accompany the classroom tuition. On successfully passing
the theory certificate is awarded.
Yachtmaster Coastal Practical:
course experience suggested - 15 days (2 as skipper), 400 miles and 8 night
hours. Coastal Skipper theory. This is an advanced course for potential
skippers. It is assumed that those attending will be competent helmsmen with a
good knowledge of the theory of navigation and meteorology and a command of the
basic skills of seamanship. There is insufficient time during the course to
teach the basic skills of seamanship and navigation as the course is designed
to improve and advance the skills required to skipper a motor cruiser. Students
are assessed on their ability to skipper a motor cruiser and a course
completion certificate is awarded on successful completion.
RYA/DoT Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of
Coastal should have the knowledge to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal cruises
but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer
passages. Required mimimum sea time 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles and
12 night hours. For holders of practical and theory course completion certs.
The sea time is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles & 12 night
hours. You must hold a VHF licence The practical exam will take a minimum of
6-10hrs for one candidate, 8 - 14 for two, with an independent RYA appointed
examiner. You will be expected to demonstrate your practical ability as a
coastal skipper and should be able to answer questions on any part of the
syllabus up to Coastal Skipper. The RYA exam fee is paid directly to the examiner
on the day
RYA/DoT Yachmaster Offshore Cert.
The Yachtmaster Offshore is an
experienced yachtsman competent to skipper a motor cruiser on any passage that
can be completed without the use of astro-navigation. Required minimum sea time
50 days, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 miles, 2 as skipper & 2 overnight. You must hold a VHF licence and a First Aid certificate. The
exam will take 8 - 12hours for one candidate, 10 - 18 for two. You will be set
tasks to demonstrate your ability as a skipper to offshore standard and can be
asked questions on any part of the syllabus. The exam fee is paid directly to
the examiner on the day
Cert. of Competence
The Yachtmaster Ocean is an
experienced yachtsman competent to skipper a yacht on passages of any length in
all parts of the world The candidate must hold a Yachtmaster Offshore
Certificate of Competence and have completed a qualifying passage of a minimum
of 600 miles having been at sea for a minimum of 96 hours with at least 200
miles more than 50 miles from land (see the RYA log book). The exam consists of
a written and oral test on all aspects of the Ocean course, the qualifying
passage and astro navigation.
International Certificate of competance
ELIGIBILITY This certificate is available only to
BRITISH CITIZENS or bone fide BRITISH RESIDENTS (Evidence of British residency
may be required).
COMPETENCE may be provided in one of the following
a. By producing an RYA Certificate of Satisfactory
completion of a relevent practical course -- an RYA/DoT certificate of
competence or a statutory certificate of competence issued by the Department of
Transport, or a bridge Watchkeeping Certificate. (see ICC application form page
b. By passing a test of competence at a RYA Recognised
Teaching Establishment or an RYA Affiliated Club autherised to carry out
c. All applicants applying for the inland catagory must
have passed a test of the CEVNI (European Inland waterways regulations) rules
at one of the above listed establishments.
The test is made up of
oral/written tests - according to the certificate required.
and a practical
test (for sail or power).
ORAL/WRITTEN TEST is in three parts.
A. for all
candidates -- Regulations & Safety
1. Know responsibilty
for keeping a proper lookout
2. Can determine a "safe speed"
recognise a potential collision situation.
4. Can identify "give way" vessel
in a collision situation.
5.Knows what action to take as "give way" or
"stand on" vessel.
6. Knows the responsibilities of a small vessel in a
7. Can recognise manoeuvring signals eg. - (1,2,3,4,5, short
8 Can make and recognise visual distress signals.
able to use and instruct crew on the use of:
Lifejackets -- Distress flares
-- Fire extingishers -- Engine "kill cord" (if fitted)
2. Can prepare a boat
for use and take sensible precautions before setting out, including: engine
checks -- check fuel for range/duration of trip -- obtain weather forecasts --
avoid overloading boat.
B. Additional for - INLAND IN EUROPE ONLY
1. Understands CEVNI (European
inland waterways regulations) and passes the CEVNI test.
CANDIDATES FOR COASTAL WATERS
1. Knows rules relating to
Traffic Separation Schemes
2. Knows requirements for navigation lights and
shapes to be displayed by own vessel.
3. Can recognise the following from
Power driven vessel -- sailing vessel -- vessel at anchor --
tug & tow -- fishing vessel -- dredger -- restricted in ability to
manoeuvre -- not under command -- constraied by draft.
4. Know the sound
signals made by above.
1. Can recognise by day & night and
understand sigificance of buoys of the IALA system
2. Knows sourses of
information on local regulations, port entry & departure signals. VTS & port radio operations.
3. Can plan a harbour entry/departure taking account
of possible presence of large vessels and avoiding navigational
1. Can interpret a navigational chart and understand
significance of charted depths and drying heights and can identify charted
2. Can plot position by gross bearings and by lat/long.
determine magnetic course to steer making allowances for leeway and tidal
4.Can use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low
water at a standard port.
5. Can determine direction and rate of tidal
stream from a tidal diamond on a chart or a tidal stream atlas.
TEST - Consists of
1. START procedures.
2.DEPART FROM PONTOON
360° TURN IN CONFINED SPACE
4. SECURING TO BUOY
6A. HIGH SPEED MANOEUVRES (if appropriate on powerboat) & manoeuvres under power.
6.B - OR - HANDLING UNDER SAIL (if
7. COMING ALONGSIDE WINDWARD PONTOON.
(See the application
form for further breakdown of sections listed above)
can be obtained from the RYA or our school office.