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Our RYA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased course is run over 5 full days, usually 5 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays, as this is a course which benefits from being run in this manner.

 Alternatively we will run an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean course in one week over six consecutive days for a school, club or organisation for 6 or more candidates; this is ideal for those who need the course completion certificate to comply with the RYA and MCA requirements.

We usually run our Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore courses over one night a week during the winter months usually starting in October and finishing around the end of February or beginning of March.

 You do not have to be a club member in most clubs - all are welcome

These shorebased courses are often called navigation courses but they should more correctly be thought of as navigation and seamanship courses.  They deal not only with navigation but with many of the other important aspects which combine to make cruising safe and enjoyable. The shorebased courses are intended for both sail and power.




Shorebased certificate courses

Yachtmaster Ocean



has presented Irish Yachting  Association, Irish Sailing Association and Royal Yachting Association shorebased cruising courses since 1991.

Irish cruising sailors and motor boaters will be well aware of the RYA and the RYA’s international reputation; RYA qualifications are highly respected in many countries.

Sea~Craft  offers the following  RYA  shorebased cruising certificate courses.:

    RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship


        RYA Day Skipper,

    RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore,

    RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.

Each course includes a number of exercises which you complete at home in your own time; they play a key part in the learning process as through them you, and your instructor, become aware of any misunderstandings you may have of the subject. These exercises are intended to help you understand the subjects covered throughout your chosen course.

The RYA course material is comprehensive and includes practice charts, course notes and Training Almanac as appropriate for the respective course.

There has been no change in our commitment to presenting our courses in the same friendly yet professional manner which has made Sea~Craft recognised for over 30 years as the premier navigation course provider for leisure sailors in Ireland.

Cruising is really all about arriving in new harbours, marinas and anchorages. David, who presents the courses, has a vast and unequalled knowledge built up over 55 years of cruising experience in many different types of boats under sail and power both locally and worldwide.

Sea~Craft’s winter shorebased courses are an enjoyable way of passing one night a week during the winter months building your knowledge and making new friends who share a common interest.

We would be delighted to run any of the above courses in your club or organisation, subject to minimum numbers of participants;

            give us a call at 01 286 3362 or e-mail

(Just for the fun of it I made a list of some of the harbours and marinas I have gone into and out of over the years, lots of them many times.

                  Click here if you would like to see them)