We have over 40 years of experience and expertise delivering high quality courses and are the only place in Scotland offering you the opportunity to gain your Yachtmaster qualification through a FastTrack course.
Cost includes all course fees, tuition, meals and accommodation - on board the yacht AND on shore at our centre, with approximately 75 days at sea and 25 ashore.
Our aim is to produce experienced and rounded skippers that are not just confident to pass their exam but who feel that the base for a successful career in yachting has been laid.
The yachts: Time afloat will be spent on Cumbrae’s two yachts, a Salona 37' and a Salona 38' specially chosen for their sailing performance and sea going capabilities, these are sturdy yachts suited to sailing on Scotland’s west coast and the Irish sea.
Qualifications that you will gain: RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Dinghy Start Sailing, RYA Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Theory, RYA Short Range Certificate (VHF – GMDSS) RYA First Aid , RYA Sea Survival & World Offshore Safety, RYA Small Craft Radar Operations, RYA Diesel Maintenance.
Additional non-certificated courses include: ropes and splicing/ rigging/ servicing of winches, heads and life jackets/ sail repair and glass fibre repair works.
We are also one of the only centres in the UK who allow self-sails as part of the course (without an instructor on-board). This experience counts towards the required skippered passages for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam. We believe this not only gives our new skippers the required mileage but more importantly provides a crucial real-life experience of skippering and confidence building.
Previous experience: there is no formal requirement for any sailing qualifications. However, it is important that you enjoy sailing and are confident that the course is for you, therefore we recommend that you have a minimum of 400 tidal sea miles logged. We are happy to support you to get to these miles by participating in other courses before embarking on this extended Professional Yachtmaster Training course.
Benefits of gaining your qualification
•A change of career into the sailing industry
•The ability to cruise your own yacht
•Opportunities to work on-board yachts
•Essential for aspiring skippers, cruising instructors and those looking to provide yacht deliveries.
New for 2020. This course can be offered in 3 modules, giving some flexibility if you already have some previous experience/sailing certificates.
We can organise a free information day on a date that is agreeable with the centre & yourself. During this day we will look at course syllabus in more detail, structure of courses and career opportunities. This information day will also give you an opportunity to meet some of the instructors and centre staff and for you to look around the centre and equipment used. If you would like to organise an information day, please call the office on 01475 530757.Equipment and Kit Information
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