Module 1 (5 weeks). This module will take those with limited sailing experience to a level of competence beyond the RYA Day Skipper level, so they are confident to skipper a yacht going to sea. Ideal for those looking at chartering, family yacht sailing or looking to progress further in their own sailing careers.
Individuals will be trained to be competent yacht sailors. Candidates will achieve the RYA Day Skipper qualification but will be provided with additional qualifications, knowledge and experience that takes their competence to a higher level, ensuring they feel more confident to safely skipper a yacht. Much of the training is afloat but classroom-based learning is also part of the course.
This module includes additional training on marina berthing skills and finishes with a mile building offshore sailing experience. Combined with non-certificated sail training and mile building experiences this module includes the following RYA courses;
Module 1 is the first of three steps in a bigger Professional Yachtmaster Training course. Module 1 can be combined with Module 2 to take your skills to RYA Coastal Skipper level and beyond. The final Module 3 reaches for the RYA Yachtmaster qualification, the highest level of award within the scheme with a worldwide reputation.
If the modules are done separately some sailing experience will be needed between them. Our Instructors will be happy to discuss this with you to ensure your sailing experience meets the minimum sea-time requirements for any RYA qualifications or examinations.Equipment and Kit Information
The cruising activities are enjoyed onboard 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.×