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Do you fancy a career as a professional Skipper? You can realise your dream by enrolling on one of our modular Fastrack courses. This will take you from novice to Yachtmaster Offshore in just 14 weeks for just £7,995.00 GBP half board and includes all exam fees and examiner´s travel expenses.

The course is split into 3 logical and individually bookable modules of 4 and 6 weeks duration. These take you from novice to Day Skipper in 4 weeks; Day Skipper to Yachtmaster Coastal in 4 weeks and Yachtmaster Coastal to Yachtmaster Offshore in 6 weeks.


A Fastrack course is tough and requires commitment from both the school and the student. We guarantee to give you 100% commitment but we expect the same in return. If you are a complete novice, you might be worried that you may not enjoy life afloat and understandably be reluctant to commit to a 14 week programme. Likewise, if you have prior sailing experience, you may not wish to waste time and money repeating courses you have already done. The modular design of our course allows you to book modules individually without being penalised financially if you subsequently choose to do another one or two modules. We can also tailor a programme to suit your individual needs if you would like to start at Module 2 but do not have the Short Range or First Aid certificate for example - contact us for a quote for your specific requirements.


During your Fastrack course you will visit many different ports in Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. You will be taught by a variety of instructors, in various weather conditions.

The sailing industry is booming and there are plenty of job opportunities for newly qualified commercially endorsed Yachtmasters. There is also the possibility for suitable candidates to gain your Cruising Instructor´s certificate and work for us.

Module 1
Novice to Day Skipper Plus in 4 weeks - £2,150.00 GBP

This module takes you from a complete novice to beyond the standard required for Day Skipper, hence Day Skipper "Plus". It gives you the skills you need to confidently charter a yacht on a bareboat basis. You will also obtain the VHF radio licence required by many charter companies and a First Aid certificate which is a must for anyone taking on the responsibilities of being a skipper.

RYA Qualifications gained:

  • Competent Crew
  • Day Skipper Shorebased
  • Day Skipper Practical
  • VHF Short Range Certificate - 1 day course
  • First Aid - 1 day course

In-house courses:

  • Skippering Experience

Days on the water: 15
Days in the classroom: 7

Module 2
Day Skipper Plus to Yachtmaster Coastal in 4 weeks - £2,485.00 GBP

This module is for those who have completed Day Skipper Shorebased and are beyond Day Skipper practical standard, but not yet at Coastal Skipper Standard. If you haven´t completed the VHF radio course or the First Aid course, you can substitute these for the Radar and/or Diesel Engine courses or we can add them in for an extra charge.

RYA Qualifications gained:

  • Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
  • Coastal Skipper Practical
  • Radar - 1 day course
  • Sea Survival - 1 day course
  • Diesel Engine - 1 day course
  • Yachtmaster Coastal preparation and exam

In-house courses:

  • Mile building/Skippering Experience

Days on the water: 15
Days in the classroom: 8

Module 3
Yachtmaster Coastal to Yachtmaster Offshore 6 weeks - £3,360.00 GBP

This module is for those who already hold Yachtmaster Coastal. If you haven´t completed the Radar, Diesel Engine or Sea Survival courses from Module 2, you may substitute some of the 1 day in-house courses in Module 3 for them or we can add them in for an extra charge.

RYA Qualifications gained:

  • Yachtmaster preparation and exam

In-house courses:

  • Mile building
  • Skippering Experience
  • Sail care and repair - 1 day workshop
  • Winch maintenance - 1 day workshop
  • Boat systems and maintenance - 1 day workshop

Days on the water: 30
Days in the classroom: 3

Course Details
Suggested minimum pre-course experience & assumed knowledge:
  • Module 1 - None
  • Module 2 - Sailing and navigation to Day Skipper standard
  • Module 3 - You should already hold RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence and have navigation to Yachtmaster Offshore standard
Minimum Age: 18 years
What your fees include:
  • Fully qualified professional instruction and use of all safety equipment
  • All shorebased course packs and associated books for the particular module(s) booked
  • Accommodation on board for the duration on a half board (breakfast and lunch) basis
  • At least two evening meals on board each week - it is possible to eat on board every night if you wish
  • Shorebased accommodation during the shorebased weeks
  • All RYA exam fees and examiner´s travel expenses
  • Fuel and mooring fees
  • Freshly laundered linen plus loan of oilskins if necessary
  • RYA certificates upon successful completion of each course
What´s not included:
  • Evening meals eaten ashore
  • RYA Log Book - you can buy this on board or via the Books page
  • Laundry - there is a laundrette in Vila Real de Santo Antonio or we can wash and dry your clothes for 4 euros a load
Availability: Start dates on demand. Contact us to see if we can accommodate your chosen dates.