The two practical examinations, Yachtmaster and Coastal Skipper, differ only in the amount of experience that the candidate has had not in the difficulty or content. The certificates can now only be obtained by practical examination at sea. This can be a costly and time consuming business but I can see that in years to come these certificates will become more and more important both to insurance companies and to the European legislators. Each year requirements are added making the final qualifications progressively more and more difficult to obtain.
I spend much of the summer and autumn training potential yachtmaster from the UK and abroad. The qualification has achieved international recognition. To this end I intend to run both a sail and a power preparation course during March and early April. It will consist of a weekend familiarisation on the examination vessel and two weekends in the classroom speeding up navigation for blind exercises becoming l00% on collision regulations and practising synoptic charts. This will be followed by five days intensive examination preparation afloat and a two day examination with an independent RYA examiner.
If you are not sure whether you are up to standard then come along and crew and see what goes on. Our pass record to date is 100%. Preparation will be in March and early April. Further details on request.