RYA Yachtmaster

RYA Yachtmaster

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore Preparation & Exams

An RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim for aspiring skippers. It is a highly respected qualification world wide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.
 

The Preparation

First check you have the relevant experience and sea miles to qualify for the exam, please check the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore with the prerequisites in the tabs below. We also highly recommend you complete the RYA Coastal and Yachtmaster Theory. The preparation course is predominately practical onboard the yacht and run over 5 days. From the Solent you will practice plenty of passage planning and navigation to ensure you are ready to take on the vigorous exam. We will keep you well briefed during the week and work on any weaknesses you may have.

The Exam

The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals.
8-12 hours for 1 candidate, 10-18 hours for 2 candidates. No more than two candidates can be examined in 24 hours and no more than four candidates can be examined in one 2 day session.

More Information from RYA website:

RYA Offshore Yachtmaster Exam
RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Exam

Course Objective:

An RYA Yachtmaster needs a wealth of knowledge, not only to cope with plain sailing or motor cruising but also to be able to cope in demanding situations.

Where:

Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP

Availability:

Courses are run from Febuary to the end of November. If you cannot find a date please contact us. Private tuition and own boat tuition is also available.

Booking:

Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us.
If you cannot find a date please contact us. We also run the Yachtmaster from Barcelona
Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore – Preparation Week

To attain the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore candidates must pass a practical examination to demonstrate their skippering ability. A Yachtmaster is capable of skippering the yacht on extended offshore passages by day or night.  He or she will essentially be a much more experienced Coastal Skipper and can do the same things more smoothly, for longer periods and in more arduous conditions.

Early in the week the instructor will asses your strengths and weaknesses and coach you in the areas required to pass the examination. We often work on the following areas; passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations. The instructor will debrief you fully as the week progresses and ensure that you get time to work on those weaker areas.

Course Overview

Preparation and brush up for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. Revision of advanced skippering techniques, close quarters handling under power and sail, navigation and pilotage by day and night, man overboard recovery and overall yacht management skills. The examiner will ask each candidate to skipper the yacht on several short passages and complete various demonstrations of their skippering and sailing ability over the course of the weekend.

Duration

5 day preparation followed by a 2 day exam

Previous Experience Required

50 days aboard, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles logged, 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters). VHF radio operators certificate and a valid First Aid Certificate

Typical Price: £999

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Brighton Boating

Pontoon 6

Western Concourse

Brighton Marina

BN2 5UP

UK

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We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.

Finding Brighton Boating once you are in Brighton Marina

Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

To Brighton Marina by car

Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

By Bus

Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.

By Bike

Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.

On foot

Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.

By train 

The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk

By Air

Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.

What to Bring

  • Be prepared for changeable weather, bring plenty of layers
  • Quick drying clothes can be very practical, avoid jeans
  • There is limited space on board, only bring one large bag
  • Gloves for warmth and rope friction protection
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Deck boots or deck shoes
  • Bring waterproofs, we can hire you Musto BR1s. You will need to order these in advance so we can have them ready for your arrival.
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
  • The marina fees are included
  • Over 5 days for the preparation and the 1 or 2 days for the exam we will provide breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard
  • Two passport photographs
  • Ensure you bring your first aid and VHF certificate
  • Evidence with a logbook of your sea miles and skippering passages
  • If you want the commercial endorsement for you Yachtmaster certificate you will need the RYA PPR online course, sea survival and a medical(either the ML5 or ENG1)

 
 

Yachting

On our yacht courses we use either our Beneteau 36.7 or Beneteau First 35, these are cruiser/racers with great performance – perfect for learning and RYA courses. They are commercially coded with safety equipment to the highest standard. 

Sailing 

We also offer sailing courses in our smaller Delphia 24 keelboats,  These 8 metre performance boats are used for racing and day sailing, very responsive boats for our RYA sailing courses.

If you would like more practice after your yacht courses or RYA Sailing Level 2 we offer:

  • Sailing Clinics – at weekends from 1600 till 1800 for £40
  • Racing – is a great way to practice too, we have boats entered in popular races like Round Island Race, Royal Escape or even mini races on our clinic nights

 

Lagoon Watersports Limited Terms and Conditions, trading as Brighton Boating

All bookings subject to these Terms and Conditions

By submitting your booking you represent to us that you have the authority to make the booking on behalf of your party and that you accept on behalf of your party that the booking is subject to these Terms and Conditions. A contract exists as soon as we issue our Booking Confirmation Form.

You should check the details of your confirmation carefully and promptly to ensure that it accurately reflects the booking you have requested. You should immediately inform us of any discrepancies or alterations. If the course/event date is less than 14 days from the date of issue of the Booking Confirmation Form, notification of any discrepancies or alterations should be made within 24 hours of that date of acceptance. In all other cases, you should notify us within 7 working days of receipt of the Booking Confirmation Form.

Postponement due to COVID-19

If you are required to self isolate via government guidelines you can reschedule you booking to a later date within our schedule availability. No refunds are available due to COVID

Prices

All course/event prices are subject to change. However, once you have made your booking and paid a course/event deposit (25% of the course/event price subject to a minimum deposit of £99 or the price of the course/event if less) against the price of your course/event the price will not normally be subject to any change (invoice errors or omissions excepted). The balance of the price of the course/event must be paid at least 4 weeks before the course/event commencement date (or paid with order if the course/event is less than 8 weeks after the booking date).

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are valid for 24 months and no refunds are offered in any circumstances.

Rescheduling your dates

RYA Courses

Due limited availability you can only reschedule up to 14 days prior to the course start date to give us time to fill your place, within 14 days and up to 48 hours it will cost £99 to reschedule. Within 48 hours you will need to rebook at full cost of the session/Course

Zero to Dayskipper and Learn to Sail packages are allowed a maximum of 2 changes to dates without penalties, this must be at least 7 days prior to the course date otherwise a penalty fee of £75 will be incurred

Boating experiences trips, Powerboat ride, Jet Ski Safaris 

Individuals booked onto boating experiences may reschedule up to 48 hours prior to the activity, within 48 hours you will loose your booking and given a 25% discount on rebooking

Cancellation charges

You may cancel with written notification from the lead name in your group.

The following cancellation fees apply :

  • More than 4 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit or 25% of course/event fee
  • Less than 4 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

Group changes in numbers

Group bookings confirm numbers 4 weeks prior to the event with the final balance. Any changes in numbers we will endeavour to accommodate, the following applies

Numbers increases up to 24 hours prior to the event will be accommodated as much as possible, priced per head

Number decreases up to 7 days prior to the event will be accommodated, but where this reduce your group size below 6 persons you will need to pay for 6 persons. Session durations might vary depending on changes to group sizes

Cancellation by Lagoon Watersports

RYA Courses

If we need to cancel due to Instructor availability, damaged equipment or engine failure or weather conditions/Sea State we will give you as much notice as possible and offer new dates to complete the course.

Boating experiences trips, Powerboat ride, Jet Ski Safaris 

If we need to cancel due to Instructor availability, damaged equipment, engine failure or weather conditions/Sea State we will do all we can to arrange another suitable date, if we cannot provide suitable availability then you will be offered a full refund

Force Majeure  – In circumstances out of our control we will endeavour to rebook and hold credit for any activity in the future with a two year expiry

Photo & video usage

We frequently take photos and video of customers, both adults and under 16’s. We reserve the right to use these in our brochures, social media and in any other promotional material. If you wish to opt out please email info@lagoonwatersports.co.uk

Damage or loss

Lagoon Watersports is under no liability whatsoever in respect of loss or damage to property, however caused. Lagoon Watersports is not responsible for any repairs or replacements of equipment which may be needed from damage caused during your session on the water. We recommend that you take out appropriate insurance cover yourselves for such uninsured losses.

Should damage or loss to vessels, persons or equipment be caused as a result of wilful damage or gross negligence by a customers, a customer under the influence of alcohol or drugs or as a result of refusal or failure to obey instructions given by our staff, then he or she will be liable for the full amount of repair or replacement and any resulting costs. The course/event leader reserves the right to terminate the course/event. Adults will at all times be responsible for minors in their charge. Our vessels and crew are fully insured. Our policy provides full cover for the equipment and vessels and third party liability cover for your course/event leader and crew. However we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any person caused other than through our negligence or breach of contract.

Complaints

At each centre we have a Duty Manager who is always available to deal with any issues arising from your activity, it is essential you raise any issues during your course/activity so they can be dealt with immediately. For the RYA courses you are also able to contact the RYA directly with any complaints. Both company directors are also available to help ensure your experience with Lagoon Watersports is a positive one.

Company Details

Registration Name :Lagoon Watersports Ltd

Registration Number: 2454921

Registered Office Address : Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4LX

Registered at : Companies House, Cardiff

Contact Number : 01273 42 48 42 option 1

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