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Yachtmaster Fast Track FAQ

Yachtmaster Offshore Sail

Where are all the vessels located?

All our sailing,  motor vessels, training equipment and training facilities are located in Marina Bay Marina Gibraltar, we do visit regularly other other parts of the world but our vessels are permanently moored in Gibraltar within 70m of the shoreside facility.

 

How many students per yacht?

Never more that 5 students per yacht when sailing guaranteed, although a good majority of at sea time will be with the 4:1 ratio onboard. Why is this important? Most if not all other providers place upwards of 5 to 10 Students per yacht for passage making, and add a second qulified person to bring the overall ratio back to 5:1, when really this could be better described as 10:2 per yacht. Watch out for 'up to the safety coding of the yacht' this can be up to 12 passengers.

 

 

How old are the Yachts?

All the sailing yachts were replaced with brand new high performance yachts in June & August 2016 at a cost of one Million Euros.  This reduces down time due to faults and offers a completely un rivalled Fast Track experience.

 

What level of instruction will I have?

A Yachtmaster Instructor can teach up to the level of Yachtmaster, a Cruising Instructor can teach up to Day Skipper level.  Many Fast Track providers cut their costs by proving only Cruising Instructors throughout your Fast Track (some centers provide non-instructor certified Yachtmasters to take you mile building) 

 

Do you provide shore-based facilities?

Yes,  we provide our students with 2 good sized classrooms and crew study room with free wifi and plenty of quiet shore side study space.  In total we provide our students with access to over £2M worth of training equipment and facilities.

 

What accreditations do Allabroad Hold?

RYA since January 2000

MCA since 2008 

 

What training or certificates do I get on the 15 week Yachtmaster Offshore Pro course?

On successful completion of the entire course:

 

  1. Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased 
  2. Coastal Skipper Practical
  3. SRC Radio (incl GMDSS) 
  4. Radar & Electronical Navigation Training 
  5. Diesel Engine Training & Engine Servicing 
  6. MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  7. MCA STCW Elementary First Aid
  8. MCA STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
  9. STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
  10. STCW Security Awareness
  11. RYA PPR Online (required for a commercial endorsement) 
  12. RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail
  13. Powerboat Level 2
  14. How to look after a yacht & crew management skills
  15. 2500 nm, 60nm passages, night hours & skippering experience 

 

What are the chances of finding work afterwards?

So long as we know from the outset what direction you want to go, we can assist with the recruitment process as soon as you start your training. Those who seek work after the course are usually successful within the first month of passing,  and we have a growing number of partners who are looking for Allabroad Yachtmasters.

 

Where do I sleep?

You will sleep on the yachts. Accommodation is provided throughout your training including weekends, during theory elements and during days off too. You will take an equal share of a private double cabin, and your equal share of the saloon cabin berths too (single side berth & a separate double berth). Everybody is equal.

 

What do we eat?

At the start of each week you will be provided with an allowance, you are able to shop for your own boat as a group, and do your own cooking and cleaning. Our allowance, we believe is the highest in the industry at £40 per person on board including the skipper. Crews eat really well, some even bake fresh bread onboard or slow cook roast dinners, always choosing fresh ingredients along route from the variety of markets, taking it in turns to produce a meal for all.

 

How long do we spend at sea?

You will spend virtually every night in a Marina, a few nights at anchor on passage and some overnight watch system passage trips - the longest passages will be 36 to 48 hours. Most training takes place during a working day, with some nighttime trips and extra courses on some weekends. You do get some free time.

 

Where do I sail?

You will visit, Portugal, Spain, and of course Gibraltar. The furthest you will venture into the Med, if weather dictates, is Malaga since we prefer to head along the Atlantic tidal side for more challenging and productive training.

 

What if I fall behind with the training?

No problem, the course is moulded to suit each individual, you will have the opportunity to sail with people at all levels and your training course is bespoke to your individual learning requirements. If you are finding any elements of your course more challenging, then extra training in those specific areas will be provided during the course. All our  Instructors are trained to adapt to your unique learning style.

 

I have done some sailing already, can I skip the first few weeks?

There is so much to cover in the beginning that missing the first few weeks can be disastrous, even if you have sailed before it's best to start at the beginning.  Many experienced sailors start this course at the beginning and finish the course better Yachtmasters glad they made this decision. 

 

What if I do not pass?

We have the highest first time pass rates in the industry, due to the fact that we use predominantly full Yachtmaster Instructors, most who've been teaching for many years. If you are not successful during the final exam,  the 15 week Yachtmaster course is backed up by an another exam opportunity if there is a problem on the exam due to nerves providing you have been committed to the course, done the study asked of you, and turned up for class on time.

 

 

When comparing prices please check the following key points, not all Yachtmaster Fast Track training courses are the same, particularly in 4 of the most important key areas:

 

1) Instructor Qualifications 

Take advantage of the teaching experience of predominantly full Yachtmaster Instructors, who've been teaching for many years.

 

2) Training ratios 

Enjoy more hands on helm training, we never exceed more than 5 trainees at sea, more often less.

 

3) Quality of training vessels 

Keep sailing, less down time due to breakdowns, we provide newer, more reliable, safer 2016 sailing yachts - all are this year, not just one new boat in a fleet of old ones. Ask the age of every boat you may sail, 

 

4) Facilities provided 

Study in silence in one of 3 private training rooms, store your kit safely, relax in the crew study with free wifi, we provide 24/7 access to a purposed designed shore-based training facility 


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