Adult Sailing

Quarter Deck | Skipper Academy Partnership

The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is delighted to be a training partner for the Quarter Deck | Skipper Academy. We've set out the steps below you'll need to take to complete the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Assessment.

If you need any advice, or have a question please contact us on +353 1 2844195, email or leave us a message here and we'll get back to you.


Training Programme

This program culminates in the Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. It has been designed to be the simplest route to gaining all the required sailing certification in order to meet the Quarter Deck entry requirements.

The package includes;

  • RYA Competent Crew Course
  • RYA Dayskipper Theory Course, completed online prior to programme attendance
  • RYA Dayskipper Practical Course
  • RYA Coastal Skipper Course
  • Yachtmaster Preparation Week
  • Use of Yacht for Yachtmaster Exam
  • VHF Course
  • First Aid Course
  • Accommodation onboard the yacht for the duration of the program
  • Food onboard the yacht while you are participating on practical courses (not provided for weekends on shorebased programmes and rest days).
  • All Course Materials
  • Use of sailing gear/safety equipment.

The cost for this program is €3299. This cost can be spread out in instalments to make it more manageable.


Programme Eligibility

This programme is suitable for those with basic yachting experience and dinghy sailors looking to transfer their skills to skippering yachts. If you have no previous experience, or feel that you'd be capable of undertaking the final exam without the 4 weeks training please get in touch.


Programme 1 Dates - Fully Booked

Week 1: Monday 26th March to Friday 30th March

  • Practical RYA Competent Crew Course (Day Time) - 5 Days / 100miles
  • VHF Course (Evenings)                 

Week 2: Monday 2nd April to Friday 6th April               

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Course - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 2: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April

  • First Aid Course               

Week 3: Monday 9th April to Friday 13th April

  • RYA Coastal Skipper Course - 5 Days / 100mile

Week 4: Monday 16th April to Friday 20th April

  • YM Coastal Prep Week - 5 Days / 100miles

Weekend 4: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April

  • Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competency Exam (YM Coastal Exam)              


Following the successful completion of these course’s you will have built up the required miles and sea time to take your Yachtmaster Exam. This exam will be the final step on your program with us and once you pass the Yachtmaster Exam then you will be qualified to work as a skipper.

The next step for you will be attend the week long Quarter Deck Skipper Academy which will teach you everything about skippering for The Yacht Week.


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Why do it?

"I did my Yachtmaster and Skipper Academy just over three years ago. Since then it has taken me to some of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

I was hesitant to pay as much as I did but looking back it was the best decision of my life. Skippering quickly covered the course cost especially when you work the Caribbean where tips of $1000 on top of your normal pay are common.

But for most skippers it’s not about the money. You become good friends with the people you sail with and have just as much fun as they do. Furthermore, the bond and experiences that exists amongst skippers is something unique and cannot be described. I would recommend anyone who is considering skippering to just commit to a Yachtmaster course at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School and signing up to Skipper Academy. If you do this I guarantee you will not regret it."

Conor Bourke
Yacht Week Skipper

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