RYA Training

RYA Training

Lochaber Watersports is a RYA Recognised Training Centre for offshore yachting, powerboat and shorebased theory courses

Yachting Courses

We are pleased to offer the entire range of courses from Competent Crew through to Yachtmaster Preparation. Our Courses usually run from Easter through to September and all start from our Centre adjacent to The Isles of Glencoe Hotel around 2000 on a Sunday evening and finish back at Ballachulish the following Friday afternoon around 1600. All candidates have the complimentary use of the Hotel’s Leisure Centre including swimming pool, sauna, gym etc before and after the Course.

Sailing is meant to be fun and this is the basic philosophy behind all our RYA courses and our Instructors and Skippers are picked with this in mind. Every course is different but we would usually expect to visit Oban, Tobermory, Coll etc as well as several quiet anchorages during the cruise.

Our fee for a 5 day course is currently £325. This fee includes all food on board, instruction, safety gear etc. The only extra would be if we decide to eat – or drink – ashore, then that cost is down to you!

You will need to bring – Sleeping bag, waterproofs, soft shoes, sea boots – if you have them – clothes appropriate to the weather – shorts and tee shirt or jeans and jersey – washing kit, personal items etc. Pack everything in a soft sailing bag and please do not bring excess kit as space is obviously limited.

Berths can be confirmed with a deposit of £75 each along with a completed booking form which can be downloaded from this page. We are happy to accept payment by cheque or most credit cards. Detailed joining instructions and a final invoice will be issued about 6 weeks prior to the course start.

To see if there are berths available on our yachts for your chosen dates, please click on Boat Availability 2007

Then click here to open our Booking Form as a Word document, complete it and return it to us with your deposit.

Powerboat Training

In the UK the RYA are the national governing body for this exciting activity and in conjunction with the Department of Transport and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency control the qualification of powerboat drivers. Lochaber Watersports are one of the few RYA Recognised Training Centres in Scotland and as such only use qualified Instructors and suitable craft which are regularly inspected.

The Level II syllabus covers basic boat handling in some detail and theoretical chartwork, meteorology, collision regulations, emergency procedures etc. The Intermediate and Advanced syllabi also cover high speed navigation, night work and SAR procedures etc. A commercial endorsement can be added to either a Level II or Advanced (subject to external assessment) if appropriate. We also run Safety Boat courses which are particularly aimed at Safety Boat drivers

The cost of all 2 day non-residential powerboat courses is £180 per person and there are significant discounts available if more than one candidate is involved. You will need warm clothes, drysuit or good waterproofs, boots etc. We supply automatic lifejackets, helmets with visors and a light lunch each day. The 6.1 metre RIB we use is fitted with a Tohatsu 90 hp engine which cruises around 35 knots as well as being highly manoeuvrable for pontoon work.

All our course are based at our Activity Centre in the grounds of the Isles of Glencoe Hotel at Ballachulish where our candidates have the complimentary use of the Hotel’s Leisure Centre including swimming pool, sauna, gym etc which can be most welcome after an arduous day on the water. Local accommodation is available to suit all budgets and a list can be provided on request.

Places can be confirmed with a deposit of £50 each along with a completed booking form which can be downloaded from this page. We are happy to accept payment by cheque or most credit cards. Detailed joining instructions and a final invoice will be issued about 6 weeks prior to the course start.

Theory Courses

Lochaber Watersports is also a RYA Recognised Teaching Establishment for shorebased theory courses at Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper/Yacht Master level. These are intensive 5 Day Courses which are held, subject to demand, throughout the year.

YachtMaster Theory Courses

YachtMaster Theory at Lochaber College, Fort William – 3 weekends 10/11, 17/18 and 24/25th March 2007

Day Skipper Theory Courses

We will be holding Day Skipper Theory course in Ballachulish on 19 – 23rd February 2007. Please get in touch to find out more – cost £325 per person.

Day Skipper Theory at Lochaber College, Fort William – 3 weekends 10/11, 17/18 and 25/25th February 2007 – Cost approx £260

The Courses held at our Centre at Ballachulish qualify you for a fantastic Dinner, Bed & Breakfast deal at the 4 star Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre.