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 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.


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