RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Preparation & Exam (Motor)

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence examination is the next natural step for those who have completed the RYA Coastal Skipper course and have completed some coastal passages since in order to put the lessons learnt into practice. The holder of an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of Competence has the knowledge needed to skipper a motor yacht on coastal passages, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer offshore passages. The theory knowledge required for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence is the same as that for Yachtmaster, but less practical experience and skill is required.

During the 5 days of preparation your instructor will asses your ability, identify your areas of weaknesses and coach you in all the disciplines required to pass. Particular emphasis is placed on skippering techniques and decision making. The week concentrates on lots of short passages by day and night interspersed with lots of close quarters boat handling practice such as picking up mooring buoys, anchoring and marina berthing. In addition, you will be thoroughly tested on your knowledge of theoretical navigation and Collision Regulations so make sure you have brushed up on these before you come.

At the end of the week your instructor will give you a debrief and leave you feeling confident in your ability to take the examination.


0900 on first day until completion of all exams on day 5.

What's Included: 

Breakfast, lunch and wet weather gear. For details of what you should bring please refer to the FAQ's section.

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Next Step: 

At this stage of the RYA scheme it is necessary to consolidate what you have learnt by completing more sea miles and gaining more skippering experience. Once you have acquired the necessary experience you should look to join the Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation week followed by the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore examination

Course Dates:

(Please note all courses are run by Mendez Marine and you will be redirected to their site during the booking process)

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Duration: 30 days aboard, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles logged 12 night hours (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters). VHF radio operators certificate, valid first aid certificate, check to see which certificates are accepted here and which ones are not here. If an RYA Coastal Skipper completion certificate is held only 400 miles are required .

Course Overview: Preparation and brush up for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence. Revision of advanced skippering techniques, close quarters handling, navigation and pilotage by day and night, man overboard recovery and overall motorboat management skills.

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Cost: £1500 + Exam Fee

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