RYA Training Ladder - Motor Cruising

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To use the motor training ladder, start at the top of the table and work your way down each row to see where you fit in with your existing knowledge. 







  One day support courses
RYA Courses


Pre Course Knowledge/Experience

Ability After Course

RYA Helmsman’s Certificate »


Useful crew member

RYA Online Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course »
Online Study


Basic introduction to navigation and safety

RYA Day Skipper Theory

Some practical experience desirable

Theoretical knowledge of basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology

RYA Day Skipper »

Basic navigation and motor ability. 2 Days motoring

Skipper a small motor cruiser in familiar waters by day.

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory

Practical experience desirable. Navigation to Day Skipper theory standard.

Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology.

RYA Coastal Skipper

15 Days (2 days as skipper)
300 miles, 8 night hours
Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard, motoring to Day Skipper standard

Can begin to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep + MCA/RYA Exam*

30 Days (2 days as skipper)
800 miles, 12 night hours
Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard
VHF/SRC licence
First Aid certificate


Has the knowledge and ability to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal cruises but not necessarily the experience needed to undertake longer passages. Has the same theoretical knowledge as a Yachtmaster but not as much practical experience to enable him or her to perform as smoothly or consistently


RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep + MCA/RYA Exam » *

50 Days (5 days as skipper)
2500 miles
5 passages over 60 miles
(including 2 overnight and 2 as Skipper)
Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard
VHF/SRC licence
First Aid certificate

A Yachtmaster is competent to skipper a motor cruiser on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from a harbour

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

Coastal and offshore motoring
Navigation to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory standard


Has the theoretical knowledge of astro navigation, ocean meteorology and passage planning to undertake an ocean passage


Our motor cruising courses are run in conjunction with Mendez Marine who's principal Jon Mendez used to be the Chief Cruising Instructor for the RYA. As well as being an RYA examiner for both sail and power Jon has written several popular books and DVD’s on the subject of motor cruising. All practical courses are held on a 32ft.Swedish Storebro wheelhouse motor cruiser. It is equipped to the highest MCA commercial standards, and has the latest Raymarine plotter, radar and AIS. The vessel is powered by twin 200HP motors. Courses are run with a maximum of three students so you have plenty of hands on helming. Accommodation is split into 3 singles so there is privacy for all.

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 13:36