Sailing Tuition Guide

Practical yacht-based courses:

The descriptions below will give you some idea of how many days are typically required to reach a particular standard.

For all of the courses below (except Start Yachting) it is assumed that you will live aboard the yacht for 5 days, sail at least 100 miles and log a minimum of 4 night hours.

'Start Yachting'
This 2-day course is for beginners and those who would like to learn basic seamanship. The course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. A further 3-day course can be taken at a later date to gain the Competent Crew standard. No age limit.

Competent Crew.
This course is for beginners and those who would like to learn basic seamanship and become active crew members. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines. No age limit.

Day Skipper (Tidal)
This course gives you a chance to skipper short passages under instruction with plenty of advice and help from the instructor. Ideal for persons with Day Skipper shorebased certificate or basic navigation knowledge, and Competent Crew standard or at least 5 days experience at sea (including 4 night hours) and 100 logged miles. By the end of the course you should be able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. Age limit 16 or over.

Coastal Skipper (Tidal)
Advanced skippering course for yachtspersons with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation. Pre-requisites: theory knowledge to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster® shorebased standard and sailing experience to Day Skipper practical standard; 15 days at sea (2 as skipper), 300 miles, 8 night hours. By the end of the course you should be able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night. Age limit 17 or over.

- Yachtmaster® exam preparation: bespoke training to prepare you for the Yachtmaster® practical examination on board your own yacht or on the school yacht.
This is normally a 5-day preparation course, including a 1-day examination, leading to a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster® Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence, however the amount of preparation required varies depending on the individual, therefore I can provide tailored preparation to suit your individual requirements. An independent approved RYA examiner carries out the examination.
There are 2 levels of Yachtmaster® qualification as follows:

Yachtmaster® Coastal Skipper pre-requisites: 30 days at sea (2 days as skipper) logging 800 miles including 12 night hours; Marine radio SRC and First Aid certificates. Theory knowledge to Yachtmaster® shorebased standard. Age limit 17 or over.

Yachtmaster® Offshore pre-requisites: the course is aimed at people with substantial sailing ability and experience, including 50 days at sea (5 days as skipper), 2,500 miles, five passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper. Marine radio SRC and First Aid certificates. Theory knowledge to Yachtmaster® shorebased standard. Age limit 18 or over

 



 

 

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