RYA Course Dates

There are still a few course places left for our 2019 season and our 2020 dates will become available by the end of August 2019

Courses 2019 – 2020

Sail Badachro is a RYA recognised and approved sailing school.

Courses available are:

We are also an ICC test centre (opens in a new tab).

Courses begin on a Sunday and run through to Thursday afternoon. Each courses will generally have a mix of Start yachting, Competent Crew and Day skippers or Start yachting Competent Crew and Coastal Skippers.

Courses that do not, at the moment, have a designated syllabus will be open and the syllabus allocated dependent on levels of enquiry. Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Coastal Exam Preparation weeks will only have candidates who anticipating sitting the Exam to gain the Certificate of Competence. Please contact us with your preferred dates, should you wish to discuss our course please call Tom Watson.

Course Dates 2019

Check back or contact us to be sent course dates for 2020, which will be released by the end of this month (August).

Course 1.  5th to 9th May – (starting and ending Ardrossan) Coastal Skipper/Comp Crew (Full)

Course 2.  12th to 15th May – Mile Builder with tuition, Ardrossan to Oban cost £350 (Full)

Course 3. 9th to 13th June – Day Skipper/Comp Crew (Full)

Course 4.  23rd to 27th June – Day skipper/Comp Crew (Full)

Course 5.  21st to 25th July – Day Skipper/Comp Crew (Full)

Course 6.  28th July to 1st August –  Day Skipper/Comp Crew (Full)

Course 7.  4th to 8th August – Day Skipper, Comp Crew (Full)

Course 8.  25th to 29th August – Day Skipper, Comp Crew (2 places available)

Course 9.  8th to 12th September – Day Skipper (Full)

Course 10. 15th to 22nd September – Mile builder with tuition Badachro to Ardrossan, cost £650 (5 places available)

Course costs

Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper courses cost £475. If students wish to undertake the Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal exam (Certificate of Competence) the preparation course will be over 6 days and cost £650. The exam will take place at the end of the course and will take 6-10 hours for one candidate, 8-14 hours for 2 candidates. The examiner cannot examine more than two candidates in a 24 hour period, the exam may therefore carry on into a second day if there are more than 2 candidates on board.

We also provide ‘milebuilder’ courses with tuition on any area of the RYA practical syllabuses that you identify as being important for your learning.  These trips are useful for those who are looking to log the miles required for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam.  These are individually priced.

Our training yacht is capable of sleeping 5 plus a skipper. There is a double cabin at the front, with a double cabin at the aft of the boat. There are also two bunks in the saloon. The distribution for sleeping will depend on the make up of a particular crew; male and females who are not a couple will not be asked to share.  It may be possible to arrange a single cabin on request however there will be an additional charge of a second course fee less 15% discount. 


Our Seafaring Adventures

Skippered Charters

 For those familiar with the west coast of Scotland with a good idea of the itinerary they wish and would like the support of an experienced skipper to run the boat.



RYA Sailing Courses

We offer RYA practical sailing courses from Start Yachting to Yachtmaster Preparation on board our 40 foot training vessel La Girafe III.  Full Details including course dates and costs.


Themed Cruises

We are offering a number of themed cruises this year. These will work to a planned itinerary with flexibility built in to allow for prevailing conditions.