Take charge on short passages under instruction, with help and advice from your instructor.


This course can also help you get the best from your modern electronic aids such as GPS and radar, which are now virtually standard equipment on modern motor cruisers.


Before attending the course you should be able to navigate and are well advised to attend the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course to brush up on your skills (see Navigation and seamanship theory on the left).


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Requirements & Outcomes


Pre-course experience

2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser

Assumed knowledge

Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shorebased Course before taking this practical course

Minimum duration

4 days

Minimum age


Course content

Preparation for sea, boat handling, navigation, pilotage, passage making, meteorology, rules of the road, engines, emergency situations, night cruising

Ability after the course

Able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day