The RYA’s Motor Cruising program is for those wanting to start cruising, or to expand their cruising knowledge. It encourages high standards of seamanship and navigation.
You can expect to be taught by an experienced and qualified instructor on board your own boat.
This two-day course covers essential boat handling, helmsmanship, safety and basic engine maintenance. It is ideal for the new owner who is conscious of the difficulty and potential hazards of boat handling in the marina. Your ability after course is to be competent to handle a small motor cruiser in enclosed waters. No previous experience is required, but some practical experience is desirable.
Motor Cruising Day Skipper
This course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation in tidal waters. Following the course you should be competent to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day. It is highly recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shorebased Course before taking this practical course covering basic navigation, pilotage, chart work, safety and meteorology.
Motor Cruising Coastal Skipper
This course is for the more ambitious and knowledgeable motor cruising skipper wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. On the course each trainee will skipper a passage in a variety of situations and learn more about safety, passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling and emergency situations, all in tidal waters.
A suggested pre-course requirement is 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours, and we would assume your knowledge would be at least to the standard of the Day Skipper practical course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course. The Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course is highly recommended prior to completing this practical course. Following the course you should be competent to Skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night.
What Will I Learn?
- Seaworthiness & buoyancy
- Pre departure checks
- Safety equipment & weather
- On water rules & seamanship
- Emergency response
- Fire, person overboard
- Emergency communications
- Distress signals, marine radio