This 5 day course, 2 weekends (2 day + 3 day) or 5 days, living full board on a yacht, equips you with the skills to skipper a charter boat or one of your own.
It is recommended that you have some sailing experience and have completed the Day Skipper theory course before undertaking this practical course.
The course is great fun and gives you the opportunity to visit new ports and harbours.
We provide everything you need for the course including excellent wet weather clothing (Musto or Helly Hansen) and comprehensive safety equipment, including fully automatic lifejackets.
With only three students on our 8-berth boats you will have a cabin all to yourself, ensuring a comfortable environment for all crew members aboard for the duration of the course. With the 3:1 student to Instructor ratio you will get plenty of teaching time and a great learning experience.
With just 3 students on board an 8-berth boat you will have a great experience, and a cabin all of your own. Join the boat the evening before the course starts to meet your crew mates and instructor. After discussing the plan for the week over a cup of tea, it is heads down ready for the adventure to begin.
We put into practice all you learnt during the RYA theory course.
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.
What about the weather?
It is unusual for us to have to cancel a course due to bad weather but, should this happen, a full refund or rescheduling will be arranged. We will do our best to ensure you have a great sailing and learning experience.
We endeavor to supply as much of what you need as possible. We supply pillows – but not pillow cases. We supply wet weather gear – but not footwear.
So here is a guide as to what you might bring:
Pack your gear in a soft bag or holdall, i.e. not a hard suitcase, as stowage on board is limited. We provide all safety equipment such as lifejackets and harnesses etc.
Thanks for posting the Padstow harbour photo on the blog, it makes me feel proud the fly the banner!It was a brilliant week last week, from calm waters near Lundy to rough seas around Land’s end.
Just an important bit of feedback for you... our skipper, Adam Waugh was fantastic, and is a good ambassador for your company. From the welcoming text on Sunday morning asking of our arrival time, the personal welcome at the jetty. He made it perfectly clear that safety was his main concern, obviously an important point, but glad to be told it.
The week continued with his professionalism and experience, and the character mix on Galliver was perfect. This is always a worrying point for everyone. On leaving the boat, we all cleaned up, but Adam personally went the extra mile. It was immaculate, and smelt good too!
Good people are always hard to find, I would recommend his guy as a skipper!
Thanks again for a good week.
Please find my course feedback form attached.
Thank you very much for the course, also particular thanks to Gary who was outstanding!
Colin and Jon were very patient as I took some time to "get it" with chartwork. I found it very hard work and far more time consuming than I thought it would be. The online videos were very helpful when doing homework.
Great fun. Don't know how Colin remained so calm with a student parking his boat. A brilliant experience including the food.
A great course. Bev is a great instructor and gave me great support and encouragement even when things didn't quite go according to plan. Now I am truly a Yachtmaster!!
Paul was a great skipper, calm and efficient....and he can cook! This trip has given me the confidence to take my wee boat further afield.
An excellent outfit, well equipped with good boats and brilliant instructors, that is small enough to give a warm personal service but big enough to cope with the full gamut of yachting experiences.
Hi Colin Thanks for sharing this picture 🙂 Let me say once again what a pleasure was meeting you. I felt you were genuinely interested in our success and learning and treated us as friends rather than customers. Thank you All the best with sailing and life, I’m sure our path will cross again soon Stefano - Yachtmaster Offshore Candidate
Dear Colin and Jan, Thank you for forwarding the photos. I also wanted to thank you for a fantastically well organised sailing week in a beautiful location. The peace and calm is such a contrast to sailing on the south coast. The sighting of over forty seals on a sand bank was a real highlight. The instruction was clear, informed and very supportive. I particularly appreciated, as a competent crew trainee, the trust placed in me to try all the tactics expected of the yacht masters. We had a good humoured team on board, many laughs and everyone pulled their weight. Your commitment to deliver an excellent experience was underlined by the provision of very good fresh food with our instructor magically transforming into chef in between imparting sailing skills. I wish you and your family all the best and hope to see you again once I have mastered some theory and quite a few knots.
Hi Colin Just a quick email to say what a great weekend I had, Dave was great. And the food was Fantastic. Thank you