This can be taken as a 5 day intensive course, 2 weekend or over 16 evenings. Held in our comfortable classes in Galway Harbour Enterprise park, you will be taught by experienced, friendly instructors who will take you through the course with professionalism & understanding. A comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, weather & the basics of seamanship.
This is an invaluable course in learning how to start making decisions on board, & thinking about taking the RYA Day Skipper practical course. The course covers navigation around familiar waters by day & gives a basic knowledge of night lights, weather & IRPCS. There are 2 assessment papers during the course to see if you have taken everything onboard. The first is based on chartwork and navigation, & the second is a more generic overview of the subject.
To get the most out of doing a Navigation course like this it is best to follow it up with either Day Skipper Sail or Day Skipper Power. Also having VHF Short Range Radio, First Aid, Diesel engine or Sea Survival done can be beneficial as you can develop these skill in parallel with your Day Skipper Skills.
The courses are designed to help learn the skills of navigation, pilotage, passage planning and meteorology. They are great as stand alone courses, but also complement our various practical courses.
Whether you are a sailor or drive a power boat, our shorebased courses equip would-be and experienced skippers with enough knowledge, at least in theory, to go afloat and take charge. The next logical step is to attend one of our practical courses.
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It is recomended that the Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation is completed before the exam as this gives the candidate a higher chance of success.
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Syllabus - Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Syllabi (RYA MCA) - Candidates may be given the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge or competence in the areas listed below
In each section the examiner will expect to see the candidate take full responsibility for the management of the yacht and crew. In RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exams the candidate will be expected to demonstrate competence based on broad experience.
Questions will be confirmed to the International Regulations and although Yachtmaster candidates must be aware of the existence of Local Regulations they will not be expected to memorise specific local regulations:
Yachtmaster Candidates will be expected to know what safety equipment should be carried on board a Motorboat, based either on the recommendations in RYA booklet C8, the Special Regulations of the ORC or the Codes of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Vessels. In particular, candidates must know the responsibilities of a skipper in relation to:
The RYA Coastal Skipper course is suitable for more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level, a knowledge of; navigation, meteorology, collision regulations safety and passage planning up to RYA Coastal Skipper / RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased standard; and have logged a minimum of 15 days onboard (2 days as skipper), 8 night hours and 300 miles. Additional mileage attained on the course will count towards the minimum pre-exam requirements.
The course concentrates on the techniques and skills required to skipper a yacht on passages involving more complex decision making, cruise planning, navigation, and pilotage. A passage of longer duration, with particular emphasis placed on watch keeping techniques will usually be undertaken to demonstrate how to manage the yacht on such a passage.
In addition, you will be given the opportunity to improve your close quarters boat handling skills under power and sail. Preparation of the yacht for heavy weather cruising and navigation in restricted visibility is also discussed and practiced. By the end of this course the successful Coastal Skipper will have sufficient knowledge to skipper a yacht safely on long coastal and offshore passages by day and night, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. This course is suitable those who wish to go on to take the RYA / MCA Coastal Skipper examination. Candidates must also hold the Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator's Certificate, RYA SRC VHF Radio (Short Range Certificate) and RYA First Aid Certificate or recognised alternatives. 5 Days RYA course completion certificate; plus weekend examination by an independent examiner if the full RYA / MCA Coastal Skipper certificate of competency is required.
After completing the day skipper theory course you will put into practice all that you have learned in the classroom when each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short coastal passages. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety. You will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.
RYA Competent Crew is the basic RYA introductory sailing course for both the complete beginner and those who have some experience of either dinghy sailing or cruising. The RYA Competent Crew course can be completed by attending either five days or over weekends. The Competent Crew course is planned to give you as much fun and enjoyment as possible. While you learn to sail you will be taught about safety at sea and will be given lots of competent crewing opportunities. Master the RYA Competent Crew skills of steering, changing sails, reefing and tying the essential knots. Living onboard throughout the RYA Competent Crew course, each night is spent in new place, allowing you to savour the delights of a real cruising experience.
If you want to find out whether you might love sailing then this is the course for you. You do not need to have any previous sailing experience. It provides an opportunity to be involved in handling the boat under sail and power and can be completed over a weekend. By the end of the course participants will have experienced steering the yacht, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety on board.