We aim to make the courses interesting, relevant and fun using visual aids, demonstrations and videos. Although there is a lot of information to cover we keep the pace of learning in line with how much can be absorbed. The knowledge gained from completing a theory course will enhance your boating experience giving greater confidence in your ability as a skipper. All courses are taught in the classroom, prices include all the materials and course books; it also includes lunch each day.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship € 120.00.
Navigation and safety awareness for new skippers and crew, or those wanting to refresh their knowledge, this is a 16 hour, 2-day course. Click here to view the syllabus on the RYA website.

Day Skipper € 598.00.
A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers, this is a 40 hour course normally over 5 or 6 days plus homework and exams. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Click here to view the syllabus on the RYA website.

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster € 698.00.
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course, this is a 40 hour course normally over 6 or 7 days. This course will require a full 40 hours of teaching, exams will require a further 7 hours and there may be homework that needs to be done in your own time and outside the 40 hours.The course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. Click here to view the syllabus on the RYA website.

Notes for both Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses. 

Both courses require a minimum tuition time of 40 hours. There will be homework to be done on both courses, also the DS course has 2 exam papers, the CS/YM has 3 exam papers, this falls outside of the 40 hours tuition time.

Additional courses for both leisure and professional skippers alike, please click on the title for further information and the sylabus

VHF Course € 95.00 plus RYA exam fee of £60 (or €70)
This starts with an online course that has to be completed successfully before going to the classroom to take the exam. 
Alternatively a day course is available taught by our VHF instructor and assessed by another instructor.

First Aid Course € 120.00
A one day RYA first aid course available to sailors and non sailors alike, so a really useful qualification to hold for life in general.

Professional Practices and Responsibilities €60.00
A compulsory course for the RYA/MCA commercial endorsement.

Radar Course €120.00
A one day course in the classroom giving an insight into the setup and use of radar.

Diesel Engine Course €120.00
These are run in the winter season and are part of the Yachtmaster training. However anyone can join in and it will give you a good knowledge of a power boat engine.
Courses for sail boat engines are also available.

Sea Survival Course € 150.00
Although not held totally in the classroom these are listed here for convenience. Minimum number of participants is 6 people.


We have made an association with a UK partner, Skippers Online, to offer the Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Ocean theory courses online. This will enable anybody coming out to us for practical courses to be well prepared on theory, the other advantage is that these courses can be done at your own speed.

Whatever theory course you choose to take, you will be sent full details of the course and what you need to bring with you on the day. 


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