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RYA Courses > Yachtmaster Coastal (MCA) Prep & Exam Download information on PDF

Course content

Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. Use of the equipment on board the yacht, rules of the road and meteorology.

Notes: RYA Yachtmaster Coastal MCA exams can be taken in either sail or motor yachts, and in tidal or non-tidal waters. Due to our location all our courses are tidal.
There are two types of Coastal Skipper certificate:

a. A course completion certificate awarded by a training centre on successful completion of a five-day training course (Coastal Skipper Practical)

b. A Certificate of Competence awarded by the RYA/MCA on successful completion of an exam (Yachtmaster Coastal MCA).

The Yachtmaster Coastal MCA preparation (option b. above) is very much hands-on with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.

This is very much a hands-on course - introducing new skills, and polishing existing ones to enable you to handle a yacht to the level required for Yachtmaster Coastal MCA

You will be spending the complete week on board the yacht.

Pre-course experience

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30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. For holders of the Coastal Skipper Practical course completion certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours.Half the qualifying seatime must be in tidal waters.

Assumed knowledge

Has the knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages. Good knowledge of theory to Yachtmaster Theory level is needed.VHF (SRC), First Aid (taken during the previous three years) are required.

Ability after course

Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

Suggested itinerary

On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink, before being allocated a passage plan to prepare.  You are also asked to familiarise yourself with the boat ready for the next day.

On the Saturday morning you will be asked to give a safety briefing with some assistance from your Instructor.  For the rest of you time with us, until the Examiner gets on board on the Wednesday lunchtime, you will be practising your sailing skills.  Time will also be given to run over your passage plan.

On the evening of Thursday we have our end of course drinks in our classroom, with the certificate presentation.  A great chance to chat over the highlights of the week.


We ask our clients to arrive on Friday. We clean our boats and do any maintenance between 10:00 and 17:00 so if you arrive earlier we will look after your bags for you. At 17:00 we invite you to get on the yachts and meet your Instructor, and at 18:30 we hold a welcome drink in our classroom to introduce you to the crew on the other boats, and all our Instructors.

Notes: Because of our location you have the advantage that you normally arrive in our marina within 15 minutes of collecting your bags.

On the Friday we ask you to get off the yacht at 10:00 so we can clean her ready for the next week.  If you have a later flight we can look after your bags for you – and why not think of our one day courses: Diesel Engine; VHF; First Aid; RADAR and Sea Survival.

Minimum Duration
6 days tuition / 7 nights on board. Download information on PDF Download Itinerary on PDF

Our Coastal Skipper MCA and Yachtmaster MCA preparation and exam weeks are usually run on our Bavaria 36 - as she is the easiest yacht in our fleet to handle.
Bavaria 36
Hanse 400e
Sun Odyssey 39i
Sun Odyssey 40
Seaquest Prima 38

Notes: All our boats are commercially registered and are therefore fully insured according to Spanish law. They also meet both Spanish, and the RYA’s safety standards.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included:

  • All our clients get their own cabin – no need to share with strangers;
  • Tuition from a Yachtmaster Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Exam preparation from the Friday evening until the Wednesday, followed by the exam on the Wednesday evening and Thursday;
  • All our courses are overseen by our Principle, Andrew Williams, himself a Yachtmaster Ocean Examiner for Sail and Motor;
  • We ran Yachtmaster preparation and exam weeks last year for nearly 50 clients – and have had a 100% pass rate at Yachtmaster Offshore level over the last 5 years;
  • The knowledge that we will not be running Competent Crew or Day Skipper courses on your boat the same week;
  • We have a maximum of 3 clients doing the preparation and exam – so everyone gets the optimum amount of tuition;
  • All our clients get their own cabin – no need to share, or sleep in the saloon like with some schools;
  • Freshly laundered bedding and towels – no sleeping bags or any need to bring your own;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – no need to go shopping when you arrive, and including a glass of wine or a beer after a day sailing;
  • All mooring fees, diesel and gas – no hidden extras.

Notes: We do not include: flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.

Must bring your own:

Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!

Music / DVD – there is a CD on the boat (and a DVD player on Club Class boats), so please bring with you a CD / DVD or 2.

Mobile phone charging – There is a 12v “cigarette” style socket on board the yacht which is live even when sailing, and a 240v socket (Spanish type) for when connected to shore power.

Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.

Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at www.ehic.org.uk.

Seasickness - It is advisable to bring with you a seasickness remedy if you have suffered in the past.  There is a local chemist in the town of Las Galletas – ask your Instructor where it is at the Friday night drink.

Notes: All bedding, bed linen (sheet, duvet cover and pillow) and a towel are provided.  Please make sure that you let us know if you suffer from allergies as we provide feather pillows as standard.

Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate.  You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore.  As the boat has limited storage space a sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage.

Notes: We lend you a shower / wind proof jacket (normally only needed for the sea spray).  Please give it back to us on the Thursday evening.


The cost of the Yachtmaster (Coastal) MCA preparation is €750.  This includes all the examiners costs, use of the yacht etc.  Not included is the MCA exam fee which is payable to the RYA.

We accept PAYPAL payments!Marine Leisure Asociation RYA Training Center TenerifeBritish Marine Federation RYA Vouchers accepted!

Marina del Sur - Las Galletas 38631 - Telephone: (+34) 676 496 091 - UK number: (+44) 208 133 7228 - E-mail: info@clubyachting.com
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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