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RYA Practical Motor Cruising Courses

The school boat - “Lady Emma” - is a well fitted out 40ft Nelson twin engined motor cruiser to the required MCA standard of safety coding. The courses are run from Hartlepool, with the cruising area from the Forth to the Humber, which includes the challenge of heavy commercial traffic of the Tees and Humber, as well as the scenic Northumberland & North Yorks coast.

This is a 2 day introductory course to motor cruising and includes the basics of deckwork, boat handling, seamanship, safety, pilotage, navigation etc. This course is also particularly useful in assisting new owners to improve their skills with handling their own vessels and to introduce the inland operator to tidal waters. This is a useful overall familiarization course including the basics of gps, radar & plotter.

Day Skipper
This is a more advanced 4 day course on boat handling, pilotage, & navigation including a 2 day passage if weather permits. Some previous experience or attendance of a shorebased course is beneficial. If required, a preparation pack is available to assist with this. On completion, participants should be able to safely skipper a motor vessel in familiar coastal waters in daylight.

Coastal Skipper
This is a more advanced course of 5 days for those who have navigational knowledge to the standard of both the shorebased Coastal Skipper and practical Day Skipper courses. Included are skippering techniques for coastal and offshore passages as well as more advanced pilotage and navigation. Completion should enable the candidate to competently skipper a motor cruiser on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.

The 4 and 5 day courses may be broken down into 2 or 3 day sessions if required. This may help with time away from work and also with planning the passages around tides and weather.

With high fixed overheads and running costs, motor cruising courses are more expensive than sailing courses. Food, fuel, accommodation & mooring fees are included in the price. Longer passages can be arranged for command time or hour building with a small price increase to allow for extra fuel used & berthing fees if relevant.

Prices are based on numbers attending. Every effort is made to keep prices competitive, and no price changes due to fuel price fluctuations will be made once a course has been confirmed.

All courses – price per person per day –
4 on board £150    :    3 on board £185    :    2 on board £250

Own boat tuition from your home port or on a passage is a further option at £145 per day or equivalent hourly rate for shorter periods on board, plus travel costs where applicable at 35p/mile or rail fare.
Deliveries can also be undertaken at the same rates.

RYA Training Centre

"Lady Emma"

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