Prerequisite for Cruising courses


Age +

RYA Start Sailing None.

RYA Helmsmans None

RYA Competent Crew None.

RYA Day Skipper (sail or power)

5 days, 100 logged sea miles and 4 hours night sailing. Assumed knowledge = theory to the level of day skipper (it is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand)

RYA Advanced Pilotage (power)

Theory knowledge to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course, a VHF/SRC certificate and First Aid. Boat handling skills to the standard of the Day Skipper practical course.

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (sail or power)

15 days, 300 logged sea miles and 8 hours night sailing. First Aid Certificate.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam (sail or power)

30 days with 2 days as skipper, 30 days with 2 days as skipper, 800 logged sea miles, VHF licence, First Aid Certificate and 12 hours night sailing.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam (sail or power)

50 days, 2,500 logged sea miles including 5 passages of over 60 miles. These must include 2 as skipper and 2 overnight passages.

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