Practical Motor Cruising

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We offer a range of RYA practical motor cruising courses and qualifications, including own boat tuition.

See the table below for a summary of the RYA cruising courses you can take with us.

Course Assumed knowledge Course content Ability after the course Duration
Start Motor Cruising None Personal safety, seamanship, dealing with emergency situations, coming alongside, picking up a mooring, boat handling Able to be a useful crew member and assist the helm 1 day
Helmsman None Boating safety, helmsmanship, boat handling, introduction to engine maintenance Able to handle a motor cruiser of a specific type in sheltered waters 2 days
Advanced Pilotage Boat handling to Day Skipper standard. Navigation to Coastal Skipper shorebased standard Passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage, passage making and responsibility as a skipper, use of radar, boat handling, dealing with adverse weather conditions, and emergency situations, night cruising Able to undertake more advanced passages by day and night 2 days
Day Skipper 2 days practical experience. Navigation to Day Skipper shorebased standard Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation Able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day 4 days
Coastal Skipper 15 days (2 days as skipper), 300 miles, 8 night hours. Boat handling to Day Skipper standard. Navigation to Coastal Skipper
shorebased standard
Skippering techniques for coastal and offshore passages Able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night 5 days