RYA Yachtmaster Preperation course at Largs, Scotland

Yachtmaster prep at Largs, on the Clyde in Scotland
Scottish RYA Yachtmaster preparation from Largs on the Clyde

Sailing Intuition on the Clyde in Scotland is the perfect destiantion for your RYA Yachtmaster preperation course and exam.

Are you ready for the final push to become a Yachtmaster offshore or Yachtmaster coastal with some intensive training before your RYA yachtmaster exam? Do you have your qualifying seatime and knowledge at the yachtmaster theory level, but need some time with a Yachtmaster instructor on the boat you will be examined on to polish your skills? If this sounds like you then this Yachtmaster prep course is the one for you. This Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course is designed to bring experienced sailors up to speed before taking the MCA/RYA Certificate of Competence exam. You will get to know the boat inside out. With your fellow crew mates you will practice Yachtmaster level manoeuvres on the Clyde based from Largs so when the RYA examiner steps on board during the last 2 days you are confident and ready for the exam. The instructor for the practical course will be an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor or Examiner.

There’s no set RYA syllabus for the yachtmaster course. We will spend time practising drills and exercises at the level you will encounter in the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or the Yachtmaster Offshore exam, tweaking your technique and perhaps ironing out any bad habits you may have picked up. The exam will assess your boat handling and skippering skills, including navigation, sailing ability, seamanship, safety awareness, collision regulations and knowledge of signals and meteorology.

The course contains 4 days of training with a Yacht Master instructor, 2 days set aside for exams and the 7th day available if they run on due to bad weather. You should expect to finish and leave the boat late on the 6th day or during the 7th day.

Details of Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal can be found here on the RYA’s website.

If you don’t quite have the pre-course experience then our other RYA courses can help.

Taught with a ratio of (4:1) students to instructor.

The exam fee is not included. Details can be found here.

When comparing costs with other providers it is worth remembering that all costs are included in our courses including fuel, gas, consumables, food and berthing.

Optional extras include food and drink ashore, purchasing a logbook if required and waterprooof hire.

When booking with other providers where berthing fees are not included, this is charged to the customer during the course adding a significant extra cost.

20% deposit is required to secure a place on the course with the balance due 6 weeks before the course begins.

Pre-course experience:

Coastal – 30 days at sea, 800 miles, 12 night hours and 2 days skippering. All within the last 10 years.

Offshore – 50 days at sea, 2500 miles, 5 x 60 mile passages (2 of which are overnight, 2 as skipper) and 5 days skippering. All within the last 10 years.

Half the qualifying sea time must have been conducted in tidal waters & on a sailing vessel 24M or under.

Assumed knowledge: Yachtmaster theory and knowledge of using a radar.

Necessary certification: A GMDSS VHF Short range certificate and a valid first aid certificate.

Minimum age: 18

Course starts: 09:00 @ Largs Scotland