Motor Courses

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Our motor courses are run on a 2019 Princess V40 - complete with twin engines, bow thruster and IPS,  she offers the opportunity to learn different configurations for close quarter handling.

Operating along the picturesque South Devon coast, we venture to prime local cruising locations such as Torbay, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Plymouth.

Our aim is to provide safe fun on the water, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge in a safe and friendly environment. We use a 3:1 students to instructor ratio, which allows our experienced RYA instructors to tailor courses to the various levels and needs on board, and deliver at a managable pace.

Navigation is taught using traditional charting techniques along with electronic methods using Raymarine chart plotters and Radar.

All course prices include lunch for the duration of the course, fuel and mooring fees, courses are not residential, waterproofs are available upon request.

We can provide training for all of these courses on your boat, see our Own Boat Training page to find out more.

Introduction to Motor Cruising

A one day entry level course which is ideal for introducing friends or family members to crewing a motor boat and assisting the helm.

RYA Helmsman Course - £500

A 2 day course covering basic boat handling, engine checks and safety. This course is ideal for new owners, conscious of the difficulty and hazards of boat handling in the marina. It is useful for crews as well as skippers to get a feel for the boat and the main areas of expertise needed.


RYA Day Skipper Course - £1200

Over 4 days you will learn the practical skills of skippering and implement theory of Day Skipper level, giving safety briefs and after some familiarisation commanding the boat and her crew through day to day running, close quarters manouvres, emergency and man overboard situations, and high speed manouvring. You will learn engine checks and basic maintenance, the use of navigation aids such as electronic chart plotters and radar, and gain some night time experience.

Recommended experience; 2 days on a motor boat, theory to Day Skipper level

Combined Day Skipper Course

An 8 day combined theory and practical course. 4 days in our classroom, learning shore-based theory, followed by 4 days on board for the practical elements of the course. Accomodation is not included for this course.

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RYA YachtMaster™ Preparation

This 4 day course prepares you for taking your Yachtmaster™ exam at the end of the week.
Our Instructor will take you through what you already know and drill you on things that you may need to improve upon. We will organise an examiner for your final day in order to gain your qualification.

An RYA Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well-known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore exams require a fee payable to the RYA.




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