RYA Sail Cruising courses 2022

RYA Sail cruising courses available from April until mid October.

'Debbie was tremendously experienced and patient, I had complete confidence in her'.    'Debbie manages to deliver theory and practical instruction in a clear interesting and understandable way'  'Lovely food and an interesting menu'  

'What a great course! I have learned and gained confidence from the experience'.  'Thoroughly enjoyable and I would highly recommend it'

RYA Day Skipper candidates April and June 2022

A Day Skipper candidate in June 22 wrote this article about her experience   

'I left Dunstaffnage reluctantly; I wanted another week! I was tired but inspired to sail, to learn and to develop as a skipper. That was a consequence of Debbie's instruction and to the support she receives from Chris and the wider team.'

RYA Day Skipper candidate October 2021

'lnstructions delivered in a very clear, professional and friendly manner.'    'Alcuin is a fine boat to learn on.'

'Incredible value for money.'  'Very enjoyable course where I learned a lot, and got more comfortable with sailing a yacht'. 

RYA Day Skipper candidates August 2021

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Glencoe Outdoor Centre is an RYA Recognised Training Centre


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. 

2022 Dates:              Availability:        Prices:

2 - 7    April             Fully booked         £695   Day Skipper & Comp Crew 

9 - 14   April            Fully booked         £695   Coastal Skipper & Comp Crew

Last minute availability due to cancellation

12 - 17 June            2 places                £695   Competent Crew

21 - 26  August       Fully booked        £695    Day Skipper & Comp Crew

18-23 September   1 place                  £695    Day Skipper & Comp Crew

9 - 14   October      2 places                £645    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: (6 days)

Our next course is likely to be December 2022                   £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


Prefer to study via an on-line RYA theory course? Contact Ardent Training based in Tobermory. Ed and Charly Hewitt run their RYA courses from their boat Mipha in Tobermory harbour.


Quote GOC10 when you book to claim your 10% discount.







2021: Successful Day Skipper and Competent Crew candidates; 3 pods of dolphins swam with us, Anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Mull, views of Fingal's cave on staffa; turquoise water at the Cairns of Col and Lunga.

Feedback from 2021 Day Skipper candidates:


'Debbie is as ever, clear, diligent, gracious, patient, organized and well in control.'

'Debbie is a fantastic instructor. Exactly the right combination of careful & caring, and laid back'.

'lnstructions delivered in a very clear, professional and friendly manner.'    'Alcuin is a fine boat to learn on.'

'I finished the course buzzing, wanting to do more sailing and feeling like I had learnt a lot :)'

'You made us aware of the requirements, set out a plan and adjusted it to the weather, answered questions, informed us of our progress, worked on theory and practical - very well structured!'

'Incredible value for money.'  'Very enjoyable course where I learned a lot, and got more comfortable with sailing a yacht'.

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.'

'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.' 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!' Coastal Skipper candidate April 2019


Prices based up on a maximum of 5 students sharing a 38' Westerly Ocean Ranger

What's included?

5 days & nights aboard the yacht

Tuition from an RYA instructor

Fully catered by the excellent Jennie Larney who prepares delicious meals for us.

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

Waterproof hire

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 office@glencoeoutdoorcentre.org.uk

or call us on 01855 811350

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