We run most of our yachting courses on a Beneteau 40.7. She has racing and cruising pedigree which means she is a very stable platform to use for teaching She also has excellent accommodation with 3 separate cabins, Hot & Cold Running Water and a heater, all important in the winter!
Most courses take place over five days, or a series of weekends, and are based on living aboard the yacht. You can expect to be taught by an experienced, qualified, friendly instructor on board our boat or where required on your own boat, with a maximum of up to five trainees. All food, waterproofs, marina fees are included in the course fee.
You can enter our programme at any level, provided that you have the correct level of experience beforehand. Be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, discuss your requirements with us before booking your course.
We will also be running ladies only courses subject to numbers. Please call us on 01726 833924 for more information.
Below is a summary of RYA courses we offer at the Centre, as always give us a call and we can chat through your requirements and wishes.
This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. 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 on board.
This five-day course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. The course can be taken in tidal or non-tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.
This is a five-day advanced skippering course for those who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wishing to undertake coastal passages by day and night. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.
This world wide recognised certificate is for more experienced skippers who require MCA (DoT) / RYA Certification. Our course provides intensive preparation covering all the testing aspects of the Yachtmaster exam such as blind navigation, night pilotage, man overboard, advanced boat handling under power and sail plus heavy weather tactics. This course ends up with an RYA/DoT exam
Cruising Instructors (CI) are able to teach up to the level of the Day Skipper practical course through an RYA recognised training centre. During this course you learn to teach and deliver RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses. The course will be delivered by one of senior Yachtmaster instructors and assessed by the Principal of the school on the last day of your course. Successful candidates will receive an RYA Cruising Instructor endorsement, valid for five years