RYA Sail Cruising courses 2020
RYA Sail cruising courses available from April until mid October.
'A lovely course combining learning, fun, team working and camaraderie'. 'Debbie is a brilliant instructor - very patient.' 'The food was excellent, great variety.' 'I learned a lot and it was great fun.'
RYA Day Skipper candidates August 2019
'A fantastic RYA Coastal Skipper course with a hugely experienced and knowledgeable instructor in one of the most challenging and rewarding sailing environments - highly recommended!'
RYA Coastal Skipper candidate April 2019
Glencoe Outdoor Centre is an RYA Recognised Training Centre
In conjunction with Alba Sailing we offer comprehensive RYA training and qualifications. Whether you have never set foot on a yacht or dream of skippering your own yacht, we can help you take the next step
Why book your RYA sail cruising course with Glencoe Outdoor Centre?
The spectacular sailing environment of the West coast of Scotland is unrivalled; Meals are fabulous; Well maintained yacht; Highly-qualified and experienced instructors.
Introductory sailing skills or skills development leading to RYA certification which can set you up to charter your own sailing boat.
Debbie Williams principal of our school – is an RYA Yacht Master Instructor with commercial endorsement.
RYA Practical cruising courses: RYA Competent Crew; RYA Day Skipper; RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yacht Master Off-Shore preparation course.
RYA Shore based courses: RYA Day Skipper/Watch Leader theory; RYA Coastal Skipper/ RYA Yacht Master Off-Shore theory.
RYA Competent Crew
A 5 day certificated residential on yacht course introducing the complete beginner to cruising. The skills you learn will equip you to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht. Minimum age 12 years (minimum unaccompanied 16 years).
RYA Day Skipper
A 5 day certificated residential on yacht course during which you will learn the skills required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in waters which you are familiar. Minimum age is 16 years.
RYA Coastal Skipper
A 5 day certificated residential on yacht course during which you will learn the skills required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. Minimum age is 17 years.
Candidates for Competent Crew courses may complete their training alongside either Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper courses.
2020 Dates: Availability: Prices:
5 - 10 April Postponed £595 Day Skipper & Comp Crew
12 - 17 April Postponed £595 Competent Crew
21 - 26 June Postponed £635 Day Skipper & Comp Crew
23 - 28 August Postponed £635 Day Skipper & Comp Crew
11 - 16 October Postponed to 2021 £595 Day Skipper & Comp Crew
RYA Day Skipper/Watch Leader Theory
A 6 day certificated shore based course. The syllabus for this course covers the following: seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chart work, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations.
The RYA describe the anticipated ability of the student following the course as follows: "possess the background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day".
Day Skipper/Watch Leader Theory:
Enquire for dates of next available course £295
Residential option available
RYA Coastal Skipper/Yacht Master off-shore theory
A 6 day certificated shore-based course. Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.
Please enquire for availability
2019: Successful candidates; Stunning weather & views; Sightings of a Minke whale, otter and many puffins on Lunga; Dinghy taken into Fingal's cave at staffa.
Feedback from 2019 Coastal Skipper, Days Skipper and Competent Crew candidates:
'Debbie provided excellent guidance with very regular constructive feedback . I personally gained a great deal of confidence.'
'I enjoyed the course, learnt a lot, gained confidence, got to visit lovely spots and generally had a good time.'
'Clear info. Good pace of delivery. Well differentiated for ability. Excellent week with Glencoe Outdoor Centre completing my RYA Coastal Skipper. Debbie clearly knows her stuff and is an excellent communicator.'
'Clear concise instruction & feedback throughout. Very helpful.'
'I enjoyed the course and felt it helped me reach my aims of improving boat handling. Also a very nice and friendly & fun experience.'
'Debbie was a very good instructor and encouraged all the participants to reach their best potential.'
Prices based up on a maximum of 5 students sharing a 38' Westerly Ocean Ranger
5 days & nights aboard the yacht
Tuition from an RYA instructor
Fully catered by the excellent Jennie Larney who prepares delicious meals for Alba Sailing's chartered clients.
All fuel and marina fees
You will be allocated a berth upon our school yacht and should be aware that you will be sharing the yacht with other students. The maximum ratio of participants to instructor will be 5:1.
You will be asked to complete an application form prior to confirming your booking to ensure that you meet the course pre-requisites / recommended pre-course experience.
Learn with family and friends
If you and your family or friends wish to book the whole boat and a private instructor, this can be arranged. Call us for details.
What we can organise for you that is not included in the course price:
Towels & bed linen
RYA log book and handbook
RYA theory courses
A £150 deposit is required for our RYA 5 day courses. The balance of fees is payable 2 months prior to course start date or immediately if booking at less than 2 months notice.
RYA Yachtmaster off-shore exam preparation course
Pre exam preparation and coaching for those looking to take an RYA Yachtmaster exam at Coastal or Offshore level. Please contact us to arrange a bespoke course.
To enquire about any of our RYA Sail Cruising courses please email
or call us on 01855 811350