RYA Training Ladder - Motor Cruising

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.

Our motor cruising courses are run in conjunction with Mendez Marine who's co-principals are Paul & Venessa McCabe. Mendez Marine are a Power and Motor Cruising specialist school based on the River Hamble.  The main school boat is a Princess 368, flybridge motor cruiser equipped to the highest MCA commercial standards, and has the latest Raymarine plotters, radar and AIS. The vessel is powered by twin Cummins 300HP motors powering shafts. Courses are run with a maximum of four students so you have plenty of hands on helming. Accommodation for 6, divided between 1 x double, 1 x twin and a pull out double in the saloon.  She is a very well looked after boat, nicely equipped and much loved by both instructors and the students who have trained on her.


RYA Helmsmans Certificate

Useful crew member

RYA Online Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course

Basic introduction to navigation and safety

RYA Day Skipper Theory

Theoretical knowledge of basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology

RYA Day Skipper (Motor)

Skipper a small motor cruiser in familiar waters by day.


RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory

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

RYA Coastal Skipper

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

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep + MCA/RYA Exam

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/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation & Exam (Motor)

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 Course

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