RYA Sail Cruising

AUTUMN 2021 UPDATE – Last place only remains on 2 days from Saturday 30/10/21

The 2022 Schedule will be confirmed by Monday 15/11/21   

Swansea Watersports supported by Cardiff Yachting Company offer the RYA Sail Cruising Programme up to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. The practical courses will take place aboard X Beat II. With Covid19 guidelines,  the course is non-residential, and return back to the marina after each day. With social distancing we aim to have no more than 3 students on board for the course (this is reflected in the increased course fees but more time with our Instructor.  If you are unsure as to what course to do look at the RYA Sail Cruising Programme below. If a fourth student is on board then fess are reduced to all students to reflect this.

With Covid19 guidelines accommodation on board is not provided unless previously agreed – use of waterproofs, and safety equipment are included. For the next scheduled RYA Sail Cruising Course see below. To confirm availability (Courses are regularly updated on how many people are attending) , or if you and your friends want to do a course on a date that isn’t listed please use the booking enquiry form. We aim to answer all queries within 24 hours.

Having confirmed the booking with us you can pay using Bank Transfer or use the PayPal Button below the schedule.


RYA Sail Cruising Courses

RYA Start Yachting & Competent Crew

RYA Start Yachting -2 days (3 Students £295.00 each, or 4 students £250.00 each)

Pre-course experience – none, assumed knowledge – none, minimum duration – 2 days, minimum age – none.

Course content – The  yacht, ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology. Ability after the course – Basic knowledge of yachting

RYA Competent Crew – 5 days (3 Students £675.00 each, or 4 students £550.00 each) or 3 days after Start Yachting Course (3 Students £395.00 each, or 4 students £350.00 each)

Pre-course experience – None, Assumed knowledge – None, Minimum duration – 5 days. Often run over 3 day weekend plus a weekend. If you have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days. Minimum age – None.

Course content – Knowledge  of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies

Ability after the course – Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines

RYA Day Skipper Course – 5 Days (3 Students £675.00 each, or 4 students £550.00 each) can also be taken over two weekends.

Pre-course experience – 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht, Assumed knowledge – Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand. Minimum duration – 5  days, 3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days, Minimum age – 16.

Course content – Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising.

RYA Coastal Skipper Course – 5 Days (3 Students £675.00 each, or 4 students £550.00 each)

Pre-course experience – 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours. Assumed knowledge – Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore. Minimum duration – 5 days. Minimum age – 17.

Course content – Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage, Passage making and ability as skipper, Yacht handling under power, Yacht handling under sail, Adverse weather conditions, Emergency situations

Ability after the course – Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Exam Preparation – 6 Days (£795.00)

It will likely be no more than 3 students on board, with a maximum of 4. We have experience of the Bristol Channel and the course will use comprehensive bespoke templates and rounding up techniques which will enhance your knowledge competence and confidence

Minimum age = 18 years, Pre-course experience – RYA First Aid Certificate, RYA SRC VHF Operator’s Licence. Seatime – 2500 miles logged in last 10 years, includes 5 x 60 mile passages (2 as skipper and 2 overnight passages), 50 days living aboard, 5 days as skipper, 50% of the qualifying time must be in tidal waters

This course will prepare you for the exam, but your success at the exam is your ability to apply your knowledge and practical skills over 2 days. During the course you will be given individual feedback and our view on whether to go ahead with the exam or gracefully withdraw. An action plan if appropriate can be produced to help you take the exam on a future occasion, and you will be able to come back with us for the exam at a much reduced fee whilst on board our yacht.

The RYA exam fee at the time of writing is £220.00 – this is not included in the course fee but using the boat for the exam is.

RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track Scheme

Unique to Wales and the Bristol Channel Swansea Watersports together with Cardiff Yachting Company offer a fast track, 12 week programme from no experience to Yachtmaster Offshore.


‘If you can skipper a yacht on the Bristol Channel, you can skipper anywhere! or so the saying goes.’

With the second highest tidal range in the world, possibly some of the best training waters within Cardiff Barrage, and two organisations collaborating to provide the best customer experience then this is a worthy of the traditional competition existing in the United Kingdom.

The programme has a number of advantages – it has 3 x 4 week modules starting three times a year: Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, and Yachtmaster Preparation/Exam. This structure allows a full time Fast Track Scheme or each module being completed within your own time or financial constraints, cut short with a new job offer or even returning after or before the season building on hard-earned experience.


When is the next Module I can do? – If you have sufficient experience and/or qualifications then it is possible to go for the final Yachtmaster Module. We will review your CV, then your performance on board and within two days give you feedback on what we think.

Day Skipper Modules start 03/05/21 to be confirmed.

Coastal Skipper Modules start 01/03/21, & 13/09/21

Yachtmaster Modules Start 29/03/21, & 11/10/21


Day Skipper Module Cost – £1,750.00 (Optional RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course is £200.00)

Coastal Skipper Module Cost – £1750.00

Yachtmaster Module Cost – £2250.00 (Includes the £220.00 RYA YM Offshore Exam Fee)

STCW Basic Courses can be added for an extra £725.00 if booked with one of more of the Modules.


More Details

See the link for much more information – Professional Skipper Development Programme

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