Our fast track Professional Yachtmaster Training
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.
Cost includes all course fees, tuition, meals and accommodation - on board the yacht AND on shore at our centre.
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”. You will also spend time sailing other yachts to broaden your experience, such as the 72ft Ocean Youth Trust - Scotland’s former BT Challenge yacht, “Alba Endeavour”. This vessel allows an insight into the management and running of sail training vessels with potential networking and career opportunities.
Qualifications that you will gain: RYA Competent Crew, Dayskipper, Coastal Skipper, RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Dinghy Start Sailing, RYA Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Theory, RYA Short Range Certificate (VHF) incl GMDSS and First Aid course, RYA Sea Survival & World Offshore Safety, RYA Small Craft Radar Operations, Diesel Maintenance.
Additional non-certiticated courses: Ropes and Splicing, Rigging, Servicing of winches, heads and life jackets, Sail repair, Glass fibre repair works.
We are also one of the only centres in the UK who allow self-sails (without an instructor) by our participants. We believe this not only gives our new skippers the required mileage but also a wealth of experience and confidence.
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 yachtmaster course.
Benefits of gaining your qualification