We have over 40 years of experience and expertise delivering high quality courses and offer 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.Equipment and Kit Information
The cruising activities are enjoyed on board one of our 2 yachts. The Centre currently has a 37ft Salona named Somerled and a 38ft Salona named Santa Vey. Both yachts are perfectly suited to the waters around the Clyde and the west coast of Scotland. They provide up to 5 berths for clients and all courses and cruises are led by one of our experienced instructors.
Food is provided throughout the cruise. If required, waterproof sets and lifejackets are on board each yacht. All other clothing is the responsibility of the sailor and we recommend bringing warm comfortable clothing which is easy to layer, a warm hat, gloves, suitable footwear, towel and toiletries and of course suntan lotion.
If you are choosing an RYA course requiring individual chart work, then please bring your own navigation tools.×
On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.
All meals will be provided during your time on the yacht. At all other times, full board accommodation is available at Cumbrae Centre.
Meals times Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs
All meals are served in the dining area.
Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity information and the content of the sessions.
Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.×