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THE RYA CRUISING SCHEME.

THE RYA TRAINING COURSES.

The Royal Yachting Association run training Schemes for all those who go afloat. They range from jet ski and dinghies to the world class RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualification.

The cruising schemes start with the Competent Crew (sail) or Helmman's Course (motor) and progress through Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper to Yachtmaster Ocean - Motor or Sail. These courses, theory and practical, should be interspersed with your own experiences and adventures.

Many people are taking the Day Skipper to gain the ICC - International Certificate of Competence - this qualification is required by most boat charter companies and the authorities of counties abroad. Note the Greeks now require this.

In the UK charter companies usually accept the Day Skipper for charter of sail boats.

You can join the Scheme at any level of experience, indeed Yachtsmen with the experience required can "go straight for Yachtmasters"

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster scheme goes back more than 30 years and was developed so as amateur yachtsmen and women had a measure of their ability. It remains the pinnacle of many yachtsmen's achievement. It has also become to be used as a professional qualification

These really are world class schemes, I regularly train men and women from all over the world who come to Britain especially to "do their Yachtmaster" - motor and sail - knowing the qualification they earn is the best anywhere. Owners of charter and super yachts, and their insurers world wide look for the UK RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualification when employing crew and skippers. More details below.

Full details of the Sail Cruising Scheme are in the RYA G15 Logbook

Full details of the Motor Cruising Scheme are in the RYA G18 Logbook.

Both available from the RYA

Join the RYA today , not only do they administer great training schemes they look after the interests of all those going afloat

COURSE DETAILS BELOW:

COMPETENT CREW

SYLLABUS DETAILS

5 Day Course

The aim of this course is to introduce the complete beginner to cruising and to teach personal safety, seamanship and seamanship to the level to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht

 

DAY SKIPPER SHOREBASED

SYLLABUS DETAILS

5 Day Course (or 3 weekends)

A Comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how start making decisions on board. It gives enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.

 

DAY SKIPPER PRACTICAL

SYLLABUS DETAILS

5 Day Course

This course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student ifs familiar.

The Day Skipper course is conducted on board a cruising yacht  (7 to 13m loa).

The practical course gives you a chance to take charge on short passages under instruction with plenty of advice and help from the instructor.

This qualification will enable you to charter smaller sail yachts, and can be used to obtain an International Certificate of Competence for overseas use if required.

There is also a non-tidal  course, this would be taken in the Med.

The Watch Leader Course which shares the Day Skipper Shorebased is taken on board a large sail training vessel.

 

COASTAL SKIPPER/ YACHTMASTER OFF-SHORE SHOREBASED 

SYLLABUS DETAILS

 

5 Days or 3 weekends

A advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Practical Examination.  This is not a course for beginners, the course does assume knowledge to Day Skipper level although a certain amount of revision is programmed.

Those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper Course are unlikely to assimilate the subjects covered in this advance course .

NOTE:  CS & YM SHARE SAME SHOREBASED COURSE

COASTAL SKIPPER PRACTICAL COURSE

SYLLABUS DETAILS

Note: This now known as Coastal Yachtmaster

5 Day Course

The aim of the course is to teach the skill and techniques required to skipper a yacht on coastal and offshore passage by day and night. 

There is also a  non-tidal CS course

 Coastal Skipper Practical Exam  

Those who have accumulated a minimum of 30 days sailing experience, 2 days as skipper, a total of 800 sea miles and 12 night hours can take the exam ( which is not part of the above course) which lasts around 6 to 10 hours. The above sea time is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper , 400 miles and 12 night hours for candidates holding a Coastal Skipper Practical Course completion certificate (gain following the above course)

 

YACHTMASTER PREP COURSE

SYLLABUS DETAILS

Read my article below.

 

Flexible - usually 5 Days plus exam

A coaching course for the full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore exam. You should  have the requisite experience and knowledge before undertaking the course and look upon it as an opportunity to fine tune any areas of weakness.

Following  this course, you will undertake you exam which you should expect to last between 8 to 12 hours during which time you will examined by an independent RYA/MCA examiner.

Pre-exam requirements:

50 days on board a cruising yacht, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles (at least half tidal) 5 passages of ver 60 miles including 2 overnight and two as skipper. The main reason for failure is fudging experience - the examiner can tell!

A  99% knowledge of the IRPCS is ESSENTIAL before attending the YM prep Course

 VHF Radio Operators GMDSS SRC Cert. and a valid RYA recognised First Aid Certificate. (lots are)

Coastal Skipper candidates for full exam can attend a similar prep course./exam

 

YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED

SYLLABUS DETAILS

This is a course in astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology which reveals the mysteries of the sextant. It assumes a knowledge of all subjects covered in the other shorebased course.

This course give candidates with the  knowledge to navigate the worlds oceans knowing that without GPS they would not be lost.

The revised syllabus (2003) concentrates less on the stars and more on passage planning, passage making and modern communication systems

 

YM OCEAN EXAM

SYLLABUS DETAILS

Oral examination. See syllabus details.

 

The RYA Yachtmaster Off-Shore - An exam in competent Skippering.
PREPARATION FOR THE YACHTMASTER EXAM ON YOUR BOAT

Ian has prepared well over a hundred successful skippers for their Yachtmaster Exam

Coaching for the prestigious RYA/MCA Off-Shore Yachtmaster or Coastal Yachtmaster can be given aboard your own yacht with as many days as you require practising and brushing up on exam techniques

You can be examined on your own boat. The examiner is invited on board for a comfortable exam with the boat and crew you know best.

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster scheme goes back more than 30 years and was developed so as amateur yachtsmen and women had a measure of their ability. It was thought that a trained band of yachtmen would be helpful in time of war!

The “Yachtmasters” remains the pinnacle of many yachtsmen's achievement. It has also become to be used as a professional qualification.

This really is a world class scheme, I regularly train men and women from all over the world who come to Britain especially to "do their Yachtmaster" - motor and sail - knowing the qualification they earn is the best anywhere. Owners of charter and super yachts, and their insurers world wide look for the UK RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualification when employing crew and skippers.

The exam is easily attainable for those with the required experience, knowledge and skills. A minimum of 2500 miles at sea and 50 days on board are required. This should include a minimum of 5 sixty miles passages, some as skipper and some at night.
For the ‘private’ yachtman with his own boat this might amount to 5 or more very active seasons cruising the English Channel. In my experience of preparing well over a hundred and fifty candidates, such a person has few problems with the exam.

In recent years the Fast Track Yachtmasters have emerged with the need for able and qualified crew in the super yacht industry. About seventeen weeks of intensive training leads to the exam. Most of the training period is under expert tuition so candidates are skilled, if not very experienced in a range of conditions and seasons. Usually skippering skills are the problem area when fast track candidates are faced with the examination.

The examiner is looking for a safe and competent skipper. A skipper he would feel happy to allow to take his own family across the Channel. There is no RYA method, any safe way will do

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