Our Yachtmaster courses run from North Fambridge on the River Crouch and will sail to the River Orwell, Suffolk.
RYA Certificates of Competence are some of the most useful and credible of all yachting qualifications. They thoroughly test the skipper’s ability, and can therefore appear daunting to potential candidates. However, well-prepared skippers with the right experience needn’t worry. With Premier’s practice and preparation course, you should be able to relax sufficiently to let your skills shine through any exam nerves.
A Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages required for Yachtmaster Offshore. The theory is the same for both, but less practical experience and skill is required for the Yachtmaster Coastal exam.
The definition of a Yachtmaster is: ‘A yachtsman or woman competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage that can be completed without the use of astronavigation’. Yachtmasters should be able to enter any well-charted harbour for the first time, with sufficient depth, by day or night.
As with any exam, the more practice you have beforehand, the more confident you will feel. Before your exam, be more adventurous than the usual weekend trip to your favourite anchorage. Enter some new harbours to refine your pilotage. Attempt the occasional night entry and be aware of the problems. This course will ensure that you receive specific tuition and preparation for your Yachtmaster exam.