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RYA 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 - 3 Spaces
  • 2nd - 5th October - spaces
  • 13th - 18th November - FULL
  • 4th - 9th December - 2 spaces left

Duration:

4 days + 1 to 2 days for the exam.

Cost:

£950 + exam fee

  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (£181)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (£210)

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:

Please see our Certificates of Competence page for details of the pre-requisites http://youandsea.com/certificates-of-competence.html

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

  • 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:

  • 2nd & 3rd October - 3 spaces left
  • 25th - 26th October
  • 6th - 7th november
  • 14th - 15th December

 

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

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 4 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 Day Skipper

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:

  • 2nd - 5th October - spaces left
  • 24th-27th October 
  • 20th - 23rd Nov
  • 18th - 21st Dec

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 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 Prep course. 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:

  • 27th November - 1st December - 1 spaces left

 

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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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:

2018 coming soon.

 

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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