• Professional Yachtmaster (PYT)

    Professional Yachtmaster (PYT)


An intensive FastTrack Professional Yachtmaster Training course (PYT)

This RYA Yachtmaster Training course is ideal for those considering a career change, embarking on a gap year or gaining employment in the sailing industry. It also provides valuable experience and a considerable amount of personal training for those seeking to confidently cruise their own yacht throughout the world. The RYA Yachtmaster Qualification can create opportunities for work onboard yachts, and is essential for aspiring skippers, RYA Cruising Instructors, and anyone looking to provide yacht deliveries.

Cumbrae has an established and proven track record in delivering a highly successful Professional Yachtmaster Training (PYT) programme. Lasting approximately 17 weeks with approximately 75 days on the water and 25 days ashore. This intensive and rewarding course fast tracks people, with a limited experience of sailing, up to their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification with a Commercial Endorsement.

Our aim is to produce experienced and rounded skippers that are not just confident to pass the Yachtmaster exam but who feel that the base for a successful career in yachting has been laid.

Numbers on the course are limited to ensure a more tailored experience. The sailing areas will encompass the Firth of Clyde, the Irish Sea and the UK's best cruising area - the West Coast of Scotland! Combining these areas gives great diversity, challenging sailing, strong tides, a variety of anchorages, marinas and harbours, as well as superb scenery.

The 17-week PYT course is also available in three distinct modules that can be undertaken individually or combined. Individuals can choose the module that takes account of their prior learning and experiences and by adopting a modular approach we can provide more flexibility in the learning programme. Each module comes with a minimum recommended mileage entry point as a guide. Our Instructional staff will be happy to discuss your experience and help guide you to the appropriate starting point.

Read about the experiences of past participants by clicking on the DOWNLOADS tab. They’ll inspire you!

If you are interested in making a booking for the full course or the separate modules, then call the centre on 01475 530 757.


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PYT Module 1


First steps, for novice sailors with some sailing experience. We provide comprehensive shorebased and practical training up to and beyond RYA Day Skipper qualification and include an introduction to offshore sailing.

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5 Weeks