RYA Training Courses

Clyde Yachts is proud to be associated with Clyde & West Coast Cruising, who are a recognised Royal Yachting Association Training Centre of many years experience. 

Through this association we can organise all RYA practical training courses under the Yachtmaster™ scheme. These training courses are run within strict guidance from the Royal Yachting Association and are conducted by Clyde & West Coast Cruising.

We only use fully qualified RYA Instructors who are in date with their certificates and who have also attended our strict ‘in house’ additional training. This ensures our continuity of quality and care.

RYA Training Courses - 2018 -TBA

Competent Crew
This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew - without you the sails won't go up and the boat won't be steered.
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 duties on board. You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.

Pre course experience


Assumed Knowledge


Minimum Duration

5 days. Often run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus a weekend. If you have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days

Minimum Age


Course Content

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies

Ability after the course

Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines

Day Skipper
A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all  goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.
Before this course, if you are not sure that you sailing is up to speed, a good way to learn in on an RYA Level 2 dinghy course. This will teach you to sail around a course and control the boat's speed. 
If it's help with navigation that you need, you should take our Day Skipper shorebased course (see Navigation and seamanship theory on the left).
The Day Skipper course can be taken in tidal or non-tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Pre course experience

5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht

Assumed Knowledge

Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand

Minimum Duration

5 days, 3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days

Minimum Age


Course Content

Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising

Coastal Skipper

Advanced skippering tequniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.
It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.
Most centres will expect you to complete the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week.
Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster™.
The course can be taken in tidal or non-tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Pre-course experience

15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours

Assumed knowledge

Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal

Minimum duration

5 days

Minimum age


Course content

Passage planning
Preparation for sea
Passage making and ability as skipper
Yacht handling under power
Yacht handling under sail
Adverse weather conditions
Emergency situations

Ability after the course

Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

An RYA Yachtmaster™ Certificate of competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers.   It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster™. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and sea-time, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge. 

Many Yachtmaster™ candidates choose to book themselves into an RYA Training Centre for some tailor-made tuition to prepare them for the exam, but this is not compulsory.

For full details of the Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence and how, when and where to take your exam, call us on 07940 805975 where you can talk to a Yachtmaster instructor and/or examiner.

Please note that if you are trained by us then our in house examiners are not allowed to conduct your exam. They can only advise on the process and comment on your suitability to proceed to exam.

Clyde Yachts

Contact Colin Hamilton


t. 01505 503830

m. 07940 805975



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