Practical Courses

Hoylake Sailing School works in conjunction with several high quality practical schools to provide Practical Sail and Power Courses.

The courses offered include:

RYA Competent Crew –

This is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines.

Click here for course syllabus

RYA Day Skipper Certificate –

This course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage boat handling seamanship and navigation.

RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate –

A course for those with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages under the guidance of the instructor.

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal preparation and exam –

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore preparation and exam –

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Preparation & Exam –

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean is experienced and competent to skipper a yacht on passages of any length in all parts of the world.

  • Click here for requirements of the passage and oral exam.
  • Practical assessment for issue of a Yachtmaster Ocean CoC is done by oral exam, after a qualifying passage has been made. Hoylake Sailing School can arrange for the RYA oral exam to be conducted on the premises, or at a location suitable to the candidate and examiner.
  • Click here for Commercial Endorsements.

Course Fees:

Dependant on which practical school has availabilty on your chosen dates.

Non-certificate tuition weekends can be arranged for those wishing to experience sailing for the first time, in order to assess the sport before committing themselves to more training.

If you would like to book onto any of these practical courses, please contact us, telling us on which dates you would like to undertake the course.