You & Sea, West of Scotland's RYA Marine Training Centre Motor Cruising Courses

Motor Cruising Courses

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RYA Start Motor Cruising

An introduction to Motor Cruising with the aim of being a useful crew member and being able to assist the helm. Ideal for introducing family and friends to crewing a motor boat or for anyone looking at working on a boat but have little or no experience.

Course dates:

Available on request

Duration:

1 day as a stand alone course, or 2 days when accompanying other courses.

Cost:

£250 1 day course

(minimum of 2 people required)

Notes:

Minimum age is 8

 

Pre-Requisites:

None

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RYA Helmsman (our boat)

A great  2 day course to introduce you to motor cruising and undertaking short inshore trips such as through a harbour or down river to the local beach. Time is focussed on developing the core slow speed handling skills and good ‘seamanship’ skills.

Topics taught on the course include;

  • Boat preparation
  • Boat handling
  • Types of craft
  • Engines and drives
  • Engine operation and maintenance
  • Safety and seamanship
  • Rules of the road
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Berthing alongside
  • Man overboard recovery

Duration:

2 days

Cost:

£450

(minimum of 2 people required)

Notes:

Minimum age 12

Whats Included:

  • 2 days use of our Nelson 42, Millbrook
  • Diesel & Anchoring Fees
  • Maximum 4 students
  • Overnight Accomodation if required
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks on board
  • All Bedding (inc Duvet)
  • Use of a lifejacket for the course

What to bring:

  • Cash for evening meals
  • All the usual skippering equipment (pencills, erasers, notepads etc)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Wet Weather gear (contact us if you havent got any)
  • Light wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Clothes for the duration of the course
  • Any medication
  • Phone charger

Pre-Requisites:

None

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RYA Helmsman (plus)

RYA Helmsman 4 Day version (our boat)

This is enhanced version of the 2 Day Helmsman course which has been extended by us to 4 days to run alongside a Day Skipper Course. The usual Helmsman course is followed but students get a chance/time to really develop the core skills.

A great  2 day course to introduce you to motor cruising and undertaking short inshore trips such as through a harbour or down river to the local beach. Time is focussed on developing the core slow speed handling skills and good ‘seamanship’ skills.

Topics taught on the course include;

Boat preparation
Boat handling
Types of craft
Engines and drives
Engine operation and maintenance
Safety and seamanship
Rules of the road
Securing to a buoy
Berthing alongside
Man overboard recovery

 This course would suit someone who is looking to work there way up through the levels but hasnt got the theory knowledge required to undertake the Day Skipper Practical course. 

Duration:

4 days

Cost:

£625

Pre-Requisites:

None

RYA Helmsman (Your Boat)

A great  2 day course to introduce you to motor cruising and undertaking short inshore trips such as through a harbour or down river to the local beach. Time is focussed on developing the core slow speed handling skills and good ‘seamanship’ skills.

Topics taught on the course include;

  • Boat preparation
  • Boat handling
  • Types of craft
  • Engines and drives
  • Engine operation and maintenance
  • Safety and seamanship
  • Rules of the road
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Berthing alongside
  • Man overboard recovery

Course dates:

Courses will be organised to suit your requirements and can often be organised at short notice

Duration:

2 days

Cost:

£550

Notes:

We can also ‘mix and match’ which courses we run when training on your craft. For example, if two of you want to undertake the Helmsman’s course it is possible if you have children they could be working towards the “Start Motor Cruising” Certificate.

Pre-Requisites:

Minimum Age is 12

RYA Day Skipper (our boat)

This course is for new skippers who intend to undertake short passages in familiar waters by day. It covers boat handling, navigation and skippering techniques to run your own boat. You should also have 2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser. 

 

Course dates:

2017 Dates:

  • 31st July - 3rd August 
  • 7th - 10th August
  • 4th - 8th September
  • 3rd - 6th October

Duration:

4 Days

Cost:

£750

(minimum of 2 people required)

Notes:

Minimum age is 16

Commercial use: When commercially endorsed qualifies holder to skipper a commercial vessel up to 24m in length in Category 6 (3 miles NDP daylight) or 5 (20 miles NDP daylight) waters - Cat 5 when combined with day skipper theory certificate)

What to bring:

  • Cash for evening meals
  • All the usual skippering equipment (pencills, erasers, notepads etc)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Wet Weather gear (contact us if you havent got any)
  • Light wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Clothes for the duration of the course
  • Any medication
  • Passport photo
  • Phone charger

Pre-Requisites:

We strongly recommend having completed the Day Skipper Shorebased course.

Recommended pre course experience:

  • Days at Sea - 5
  • Miles  - 100
  • Night hours - 4
  • Days as Skipper - 0

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RYA Day Skipper (Your Boat)

The RYA Dayskipper Practical course is aimed at those who have a very limited amount of boating experience and who want to develop the skills to undertake short inshore passages as well as moderate length passages along a coastline – such as from Rhu - Troon. 


Training on your own craft also gives the opportunity to understand the specifics of handling your craft and the systems on board.

Course dates:

Courses will be organised to suit your requirements and can often be organised at short notice

Duration:

4 days from 9am to 5pm but with one day starting later and finishing after dark

Cost:

  • £1200

Notes:

We can also ‘mix and match’ which courses we run when training on your craft. For example, if two of you want to undertake the Dayskipper Practical course it is possible for another person to spend the full 4 days on board but be working towards the Helmsmans course instead. Additionally if you have children they could be working towards the “Start Motor Cruising” Certificate

RYA Advanced Pilotage

A great course for those that have undertaken the  RYA Dayskipper Practical course and really want to step onto the next level. The focus is on planning passages and entries to ports/harbours by day and night. A really beneficial 2 day course.

Course dates:

ON REQUEST

Duration:

2 Days inc 1 night passage

Cost:

£450

(minimum of 2 people required)

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RYA Coastal Skipper

The Coastal Skipper course is the perfect bridge between the Day Skipper course and the RYA Yachtmaster exam courses. It is designed to provide an experienced Day Skipper with the knowledge and confidence required to undertake longer and more complex passages by day and night.

An important aspect of this course is learning to take command and made decisions resulting in relaxed, well-planned passages and a happy crew. By the end of the course you should be ready to build on your experience and maybe work towards a Certificate of Competence.

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.

 

Course dates:

ON REQUEST

 

Duration:

5 days 

Cost:

£950

(minimum of 2 people required)

 

Notes:

What to bring:

  • Cash for evening meals
  • All the usual skippering equipment (pencills, erasers, notepads etc)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Wet Weather gear (contact us if you havent got any)
  • Light wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Clothes for the duration of the course
  • Any medication
  • Passport photo
  • Phone charger

Pre-Requisites:

At least a few seasons boating experience and we strongly recommend having completed the First Aid, VHF and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory courses first.

 

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Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Prep

There is no fixed syllabus for this course and we try to work on areas that you need to work on and that the examiners tend to look at during the exam. We go through usual preparation subjects such as radar, boat handling, day and night pilotage, passage making, meteorology, IRPCS, engines, emergencies and using tides.

Course Structure:

The Yachtmaster Offshore Prep & Exam course runs from 9am Monday to either Friday evening or Saturday depending on the number of candidates. We spend 4 days preparing and practicing, before the examiner joins us on the Friday morning for 1 or 2 days of exams (2 candidates per day).

Day 1 is spent getting used to the boat which includes boat handling, seamanships skills and anchoring.  Day 2 and 3 are spent practicing navigation exercises around the Clyde and will include 2 night exercises using much the same routes that the examiner will use. Day 4 is spent consolidating everything leart including theory and we will end up back at Rhu that evening.

As part of your exam, you will be asked to produce a longer distance passage plan which your examiner will expect you to talk him through it. Time during the course will be spent on this but some own time study is needed.

Course dates:

  • 25th - 30th September
  • 23rd - 28th October
  • 20th - 25th November
  • 4th - 8th December 

Duration:

4 days + 1 to 2 days for the exam.

Cost:

£950

Notes:

What to bring:

  • Cash for evening meals
  • All the usual skippering equipment (pencills, erasers, notepads etc)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Wet Weather gear (contact us if you havent got any)
  • Light wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Clothes for the duration of the course
  • Any medication
  • Passport photo
  • Phone charger
  • Copy of Certificates/Logbook.

Pre-Requisites:

To be eligble for the practical exam, candidates must be 18 or over and require;

A VHF SRC certificate or higher

A valid first aid certificate

Seatime - 50 days, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60NM (2 of which are as skipper and 2 at night)

Skippered Passages Training Week

This training week is specifically designed to allow you to complete the 5 x 60mile+ passages that are needed for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam. 

It is also a perfect weeks training for anyone wanting some longer passage experience as it includes tidal gates, open sea, larger sea states than normally encountered. 

A minimum of 300 miles will be covered during the week.

Course dates:

  • 2nd - 6th October 

 

Duration:

5 days

Cost:

£950

Notes:

Whats Included:

  • 5-6 days use of our Nelson 42, Millbrook
  • Diesel & Anchoring Fees
  • Maximum 4 students
  • Overnight Accomodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks on board
  • All Bedding (inc Duvet)
  • Use of a lifejacket for the course

What to bring:

  • Cash for evening meals
  • All the usual skippering equipment (pencills, erasers, notepads etc)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Wet Weather gear (contact us if you havent got any)
  • Light wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Clothes for the duration of the course
  • Any medication
  • Phone charger

Pre-Requisites:

Coastal Skipper Theory and Practical Knowledge

VHF Certificate

First Aid Certificate

ICC Assessment - (Over 10m)

Undertake the RYA Dayskipper Practical Course. Passing this course successfully allows you to apply for the ICC.

Or…

Undertake an ICC Direct Assessment. This can be just a half day assessment by a qualified tester (we run such tests) or typically actually runs for a day allowing a bit of time to to be invested ‘brushing up’ on some areas. Please note that for your Examiner to pass you you will need to display a level of competence across a variety of areas at a level comparable with the standard reached on a RYA Dayskipper Practical course.

From speaking to many people over the years, we often find that whilst an individual may have boated for years they will struggle to pass the ICC tests as they are lacking in many of the theoretical areas. More often than not people choose to undertake the full RYA Dayskipper Practical course.

Course dates:

Arranged on request

Duration:

1 day

Cost:

For more information about the various methods of obtaining an ICC, email euan@youandsea.com. 

Pre-Requisites:

Minimum age 16

Physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft, and in particular, has sufficient powers of vision and hearing

Presents one of the specified UK certificates or has succesfully passed an ICC examination.

Who presents evidence of nationality or residency to show that their nationality does not precluded them from being issued with an ICC by the RYA. 

Visit the RYA website for more information

 

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For Frequently Asked Questions, please click HERE

 

 

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