MCA RYA Yacht Training

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RYA Sail Cruising courses

MCA RYA Yacht Training

SeaRegs have the use of a Bavaria 36 based in Queen Anne’s Battery, Plymouth. We train groups and individuals and often tailor our training to meet your specific requirements. We offer yacht training on our boat or yours.

The Instructors: The most important part of SeaRegs are our instructors. They are first class. All are RYA/MCA Instructors and the majority are also RYA/MCA Examiners. They are picked not because of their qualification but because they are experienced seafarers and most importantly patient and effective instructors. They are there to help you achieve your aim.

*SPECIAL OFFER* – 10% discount or free 1 day course (VHF/SRC, Radar, Diesel Engine or First Aid) if these courses are booked together:

DAY SKIPPER SHOREBASED + DAY SKIPPER PRACTICAL
YACHTMASTER SHOREBASED + YACHTMASTER PRACTICAL

Please contact us to book this offer, courses subject to availability and minimum numbers. 

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.

Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, and assist in all the day to day duties on board. 

Previous experience: None
Assumed knowledge: None
Cost: £600
Duration: 5 Days
Content: Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies
Commercial use: None – although many deck crew undertake this course for vessel familiarity and to show a level of knowledge.
Pre reading:

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.

If it’s help with navigation that you need, you should take our Day Skipper shorebased course (see our shorebased courses page).

Previous experience: 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Day Skipper shore based standard
Duration: 5 days
Cost: £600
Content: Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising
Assessment: Continual training and assessment
Commercial use: When commercially endorsed, qualifies holder to skipper a commercial yacht up to 24m in length in Category 6 (3 miles NDP daylight) or 5 (20 miles NDP daylight) waters (Cat 5 when combined with day skipper theory certificate).
Pre-reading:

Come join us on Sea Shanty, the Bavaria 36 yacht, for 5 days of preparation running into your Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. 

Please note it is absolutely essential that your shorebased knowledge is up to Yachtmaster standard, and not meeting this requirement is likely to prevent you from passing your exam. Our shorebased courses can be found here.

Previous seatime and qualifications: 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (if you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours). Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters.  VHF/SRC licence, STCW or RYA First Aid certificate.
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Yachtmaster shore based standard
Cost: £750 per person, plus RYA MCA exam fee £185
Duration: 7 days (5 days plus 2 for the exam)
Content: There is no fixed syllabus for this course. We try to focus on areas that you need to work on, and that the examiners tend to look at during the exam. We go through usual preparation subjects such as skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and IRPCS, meteorology and signals. 
Assessment: Practical examination by external RYA examiner on the last 2 days
Commercial use: When commercially endorsed, qualifies holder to skipper a commercial yacht up to 24m in length in Category 3 waters (20 miles from a safe haven).
Pre-reading: RYA Navigation Manual, IRPCS, RYA Weather Manual.

Come join us on Sea Shanty, the Bavaria 36 yacht, for 5 days of preparation running into your Yachtmaster Offshore Exam. 

Please note it is absolutely essential that your shorebased knowledge is up to Yachtmaster standard, and not meeting this requirement is likely to prevent you from passing your exam. Our shorebased courses can be found here.

Previous seatime and qualifications: 50 days sea time, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 miles including 2 as skipper and 2 overnight (half the seatime must be in tidal waters). VHF/SRC licence, STCW or RYA First Aid certificate.
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Yachtmaster shore based standard
Cost: £750 per person, plus RYA MCA exam fee £215
Duration: 7 days (5 days plus 2 for the exam)
Content: There is no fixed syllabus for this course. We try to focus on areas that you need to work on, and that the examiners tend to look at during the exam. We go through usual preparation subjects such as skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals.
Assessment: Practical examination by external RYA examiner on the last 2 days
Commercial use: When commercially endorsed, qualifies holder to skipper a commercial yacht up to 24m in length in Category 1 waters (150 miles from a safe haven).
Pre-reading: RYA Navigation Manual, IRPCS, RYA Weather Manual.

The boat: Sea Shanty is a Bavaria 36, purchased new in 2003 by the Royal Navy. She has a superb specification and has been comprehensively maintained by the Royal Navy throughout. Since being purchased by her current owner in summer 2017, she has been coded to category 2. Her deep lead keel gives her great stability. She sits more upright, feels solid through the water, and is fast! Her sails and running rigging were only replaced two years ago and so she sails beautifully. With warm air heating and a dual hot-water system & shower, Sea Shanty can keep you warm all year round, and her brand-new furnishings throughout will keep you in comfort by day and night. She has an upgraded 30Hp Volvo D1-30 for when motor cruising is required! Her excellent design means she feels spacious, with a delightful open saloon and uncluttered cockpit. At night, her three double cabins and two sofa bunks provide plenty of sleeping room.

The training: We teach a maximum of 4 students onboard and often have smaller groups. Costs include fuel, onboard accommodation and meals, snacks, tea & coffee, mooring fees etc. 

RYA MCA Commercial Endorsement

This is an endorsement to the Powerboat level 2, Day Skipper practical, Advanced Powerboat, Yachtmaster Coastal, Offshore or Ocean certificates so that they can be used on small commercial vessels up to 24m  (200GT YM Offshore and Ocean).
You will need:
a valid and RYA approved First Aid,
STCW/RYA Personal Survival Techniques,
PPR (Professional Practices and Responsibilities) certificate
and a valid medical (ENG1 or ML5).

These certificates and your certificate of competence are sent to the RYA with a small fee for commercial endorsement. We can help or advise with all of these.
Pre reading: RYA Commercial regulations for small commercial vessels