Practical motor cruising courses

The scheme comprises the series of practical courses below, complemented by our navigation and other specialist short courses. You can use them simply to increase your knowledge and confidence, or as a progression to the RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence which are recognised by maritime authorities worldwide.

sunseeker in Ibiza. skipper with and RYA licence.
sunseeker in Ibiza. skipper with and RYA licence.

You can enter our programme at any level, provided 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 your chosen training centre before booking your course.


A course covering basic boat handling, engine checks and safety


Take charge on short passages under instruction


Take charge and make full use of the boat on longer, more complex passages

Pre-course experience None required, but some practical experience is desirable 2 days practical experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
Assumed knowledge None Navigation to Day Skipper shorebased standard and basic motor cruising ability Navigation to Coastal Skipper shorebased standards. Boat handling to Day Skipper practical standard
Minimum duration 2 days 4 days 5 days
Minimum age None 16 17
Course content Boating safety, helmsmanship, boat handling, introduction to engine maintenance Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation Skippering techniques for coastal and offshore passages
Ability after course Competent to handle a motor cruiser of a specific type in sheltered waters Able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day Able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night

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