Fast Track Yachtmaster Professional Sail Training Course

Hamble School of Yachting's Fast Track Professional Sail Training (PST) course is an intensive program of theoretical and practical sailing instruction. This sailing course is designed to progress a relatively inexperienced sailor to qualified commercially endorsed Yachtmaster with the necessary certificates and sufficient practical experience to begin a career as a professional yacht skipper.

Alternatively this is a great option for anyone looking for a life-changing experience, either following retirement or, during a gap year/career break. Alternatively students can opt to complete just part of the course to increase their skills to the next level.

PST Brochure

"Having done several courses with Hamble, I have always been impressed with the quality of training delivered both theory and practical (and the food, the reputation of Hamble School of Eating is well deserved) – I routinely recommend HSY to members of our sailing club, looking to progress, take the next step and complete courses." Tony M.

Why Hamble?

  • The programme consists of three separate and distinct modules each consisting of five weeks tuition. These modules can be taken individually or all in one go. Each module is separated by a week off. This approach enables students who may have more experience to join at a later module. This route has proved increasingly popular for leisure sailors looking to increase their skills and qualifications to the next level without necessarily committing to a long period of training. Students who already have equivalent sailing experience to Day Skipper level and at least 700 miles can join at Module 2. Students with a Coastal Skipper certificate and about 1600 miles sailing experience can join the course at Module 3 to achieve their Yachtmaster qualification. Students can of course do the entire Fast Track course by completing a module at a time with time off between.
  • At Hamble we pride ourselves on having small numbers to maintain high quality and individual attention. Your progress is constantly monitored and help is always at hand.
  • As well as the Yachtmaster Offshore qualification you will need, we go one stage further in providing a quality yacht maintenance training week, two day weather course, Radar course and MCA/STCW qualifications.
  • With over 35 years experience and a very highly regarded name within the industry we are the leaders in our field. Over the years we have developed the best possible Fast Track programme aimed at producing high quality sailors. To this end our students spend 73 of the total 98 days training at sea learning the skills of their trade. Progress is closely monitored through detailed debriefs and written progress reports so emphasis can be changed according to each student’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Our programme is carefully designed to provide quality mileage and as such each teaching week has a specific set of learning objectives. Weeks are specifically prescribed as either "drills and skills" weeks in the Solent area or distance sails where you will cruise around the world's most challenging cruising ground, the English Channel. We strongly disagree with offering cheap miles on Ocean legs on a larger yacht where you will spend most of your time being a crew memeber with little oppurtunity to skipper or handle more demanding pilotage and boat handling scenarios.
Testimonials from past students

Course Dates

Course Day Skipper

module 1
Coastal Skipper

module 2

module 3
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81 07/06/2012/07/2020/07/2023/08/2028/08/2002/10/20
82 04/10/2008/11/2016/11/2020/12/2004/01/2105/02/21

For more details about the course and the options open to you please download our Interactive PST Brochure. Once within the Interactive Brochure you can move from page to page or section to section by either clicking the buttons at the bottom of the page or clicking on menu headings. Alternatively you can print the document and read it at your leisure. If you have problems downloading the brochure or would prefer a hard copy please feel free to call us.

If you would like any help at all or would like to discuss the possibilities further please call Chris Rushton or any of the team here at Hamble with any questions you might have. We would welcome you to the school at anytime to give you a chance to look around and enable us to discuss your requirements further. If you are really interested we invite you to come out sailing for the weekend so you can really see the Hamble team at work and give you a chance to make sure it is the right move. We all look forward to meeting you.

PST Brochure