Solent Boat Training


C10.1 Certification available

Motor courses:

Day Skipper * +

C10.2 Minimum course duration


Day Skipper - four days (can be run as two days plus two days)

C10.3 Combining courses

The following details how courses may be combined. Yachtmaster exams must not be combined with any tuition.


Course Can be combined with

Day Skipper
Start Motor Cruising or Helmsman

C10.4 Award criteria

Courses: continual assessment during course.
Certificates of Competence: obtained by independent examination.

C10.5 Minimum instructor qualifications

All training activities should be supervised by a person holding an appropriate and valid minimum RYA qualification. The centre must take into account suitable cover for lunchtimes, sick days and days off for senior staff. Activities should be supervised at all times as follows:

Course Qualification

Day Skipper
Cruising Instructor Motor

C10.6 Student:instructor ratios

For the Advanced Pilotage course the student:instructor ratio is 3:1. For all other RYA cruising courses the maximum student to instructor ratio is 5:1.

Some vessels can only comfortably accommodate fewer students, and the design of yacht will be taken into consideration when granting recognition.  

C10.7 Course materials

When a student takes their first course within the RYA Yachtmaster scheme, their Recognised Training Centre (RTC) should provide them with the G158 Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook.

On successful completion of a course the RTC must issue the student with the appropriate certificate, record the certificate in the logbook and keep a record either at the centre or online (see section above on Certification).

Course Compulsory Recommended
All courses G158 Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook must be available for reference on board the boat.
Centres should encourage students to purchase a logbook to help map their progress, and should hold stock for this purpose.

Day Skipper DSSP Day Skipper Sail or DSMP Day Skipper Motor Certificate as appropriate DSPCN Day Skipper Practical Course Notes
G71 Day Skipper Handbook Sail or G97 Day Skipper Handbook Motor
G6 Navigation Handbook

Many of the publications and packs above are also available as eBooks. See the Recognised Training Centre Price List for details.

Training aids:

Visual aids appropriate to the courses being offered should be provided along with materials such as handbooks, videos, animations and eBooks. Instructors should also provide their own additional training aids.

C10.8 Temporary detachment

Given that the overall aim of the Yachtmaster scheme is to train and develop successful offshore skippers and crew, it is likely that centres delivering the Yachtmaster Scheme will plan extended voyages outside of their usually cruising grounds. During this time they may wish to deliver RYA training and to allow for this, RTC vessels may be viewed as on temporary detachment for up to six months in any year, ie temporarily detached from its regular home port and cruising area. The detached vessel must be available for inspection at the RTC’s registered base for at least six months each year.

The operation of the detached vessel must continue to comply with the conditions of recognition. Principals must ensure that any additional safety, logistical and legal requirements arising from the planned extended cruises are considered and implemented as appropriate.

When on temporary detachment all RYA instruction must be delivered by a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.

The RYA must be notified of the intention for a vessel to be on temporary detachment in sufficient time for the proposal to be considered for approval. An overview of the planned cruise, detailing crew changeover ports, must be included in the notification. Contact details for the detached vessel must be provided to the RYA.

Temporary detachment is not intended to be an alternative to holding recognition for multiple centres, although a centre my request temporary detachment to run a once-only trial programme in another location in order to assess the viability of operating a separate centre at that location. The RYA may not approve a detachment if, in its opinion, a second recognised centre would be more appropriate.

1. A centre has two yachts which operate out of a UK south coast port. It regularly plans an annual round Britain, round Ireland or North Brittany cruise with multiple changeover ports for one of these yachts. The cruises offer mile building where longer legs are planned, and where a leg has little more than 100 miles between start and end port formal RYA Training is programmed. The detached boat is usually away for three to five months.

This fits nicely into the ethos of temporary detachment. It provides a varied programme and has considered the limitations of formal training on long legs of a voyage. This would be approved.

2. A centre has a fleet of 10 yachts and locates two boats to another country to match the tourist season in that area. The yachts are typically delivered to a port and then operate for a number of months in that port, before returning to the home port. They are out of their usual area for just under six months.

This would only be permitted once to enable the centre to establish whether operating a centre in that location is viable. Subsequent operations in that area would require full recognition as a second site with its own Chief Instructor.

C10.9 Student briefings

There should be a routine for ensuring that all students joining the vessel are briefed at the earliest opportunity on the fire precautions and fire-fighting arrangements on board.   

Before proceeding to sea, all students should be briefed on the personal and boat safety equipment.  At the earliest opportunity after going to sea, a man overboard recovery exercise should be carried out.   

A safety-briefing checklist will act as a prompt card to ensure all aspects of the safety brief are complete. A minimum pre-course briefing is given in the Yachtmaster Scheme Instructor Handbook.

C10.10 Equipment

See Training Checklist in 'Related documents'.

C10.11 Yachtmaster Exams

Refer to RGN B11.2 for full details of organising exams.

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