Novice to Master

Novice to Master



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Yachtmaster Prep & Exam €900

Skills & Drills – 5 Days | Exam – 2 Days

Round IRL with Wild West Sailing

Become a Yachtmaster

RYA Yachtmaster is the natural next step for Coastal Skippers, the vital next step to work in sailing and the pinnacle for all serious sailors.

WWS will provide you with the country’s top RYA Yachtmaster Preparation Courses.



All Candidates must have…


Valid First Aid

Valid Sea Survival

Completed Logbook

Skills You’ll Learn
Mooring in all conditions
Night Navigation
Man Overboard recovery under sail and power
Restricted visibility (Blind) navigation and GPS navigation techniques
Close quarters handling under sail and power

Practicing these skills and drills in an intense environment will help you pass your YM exam and make you a better skipper.

We advise all our YM Candidates to take both RYA & Irish Sailing Yachtmaster Exams due to Brexit related regulatory difficulties.

Time to Complete
5 days training & 2 days Exam Charter

What you’ll do
A Yachtmaster is a more experienced Coastal Skipper, able to operate in tougher conditions for longer periods of time. You will command the yacht on short passages by day and by night and practice lots of close quarters boat handling techniques under power and sail. Your experienced instructor will tailor the course to your specific needs.

Yachtmaster Requirements
Navigation Theory to Yachtmaster Offshore Standard
50 days aboard
5 days as skipper
2500 miles logged (Half the qualifying miles must be tidal)
5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper
VHF SRC certificate
Valid First Aid certificate

Yachtmaster Exam
The exam is conducted by an independent RYA examiner over 2 days with no more than 4 candidates on board at a time. The examiners allow you to show what you know rather than make life hard. With our personalised Yachtmaster Preparation courses, you may even enjoy your exam!

What’s Included
Life jackets and wet weather gear provided
Our main training RIB is a Zodiac PRO II 500
Fuel costs and marina fees covered

“I did the “Yachtmaster Prep” training course for both Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore with Dave. I found him to be extremely competent and knowledgeable about what was needed for the course. He has a relaxed approach which helped a lot, as over the course I was allowed to focus on any areas I was weak on, in my case some marina manoeuvres in close quarters. I learned a lot from the course and I really enjoyed it too. I’ve done a raft of maritime courses over the years in and these were two of the best. This is why I went back for more and I’ve been recommending it ever since.”

Paddy Griffin – Galway
Yachtmaster Offshore

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ICC (Sail) Training & Assessment

1day €250

Have the sailing experience but don’t have the cert?

The ICC (International Certificate of Competency) the perfect charter holiday solution for experienced sailors.

We will advise what you need to work on for your test.

Time to plan that holiday!

2 Part Assessment:
Practical Assessment (Day Skipper level)
Written Theory Assessment (Day Skipper level & higher)

Inquire for dates & details.

ICC Days run on demand…

if you are keen, send us an email

or call Dave on 087 141 7564

Time to Complete
1 day
Note: Course date can be arranged to suit you

Certificate is valid for 5 years

Check out the official document links below;
ISA Assessment Guidelines
ICC Application Form

What’s Included
Life jackets and wet weather gear provided
Our training yacht is “Soilse” a Beneteau Oceanis 350
We provide all food on board and cover fuel costs and marina fees

“I did my ICC with Dave (Wild West Sailing) and could not speak highly enough of either the course or of Dave as an instructor. Dave provided a comfortable boat which was easy to handle, ideal for training and teaching. As an instructor Dave was first class, he has a friendly informal approach to keep everyone relaxed and has excellent communication and teaching skills. I did my ICC in a group and Dave spent as much time with each individual as was required. Not only did Dave cover the curriculum he also gave plenty of additional handy hints to make boating easier. Dave’s years of experience are clear to see and he will throw in a few very entertaining stories at no additional charge for good measure. Really enjoyed the course and learned loads, I would highly recommend Dave as an instructor.”

Brendan Brogan – Sligo

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