Picture of the fleet of RYA Sailing course sailing yachts.
Picture of the fleet of RYA Sailing course sailing yachts.

Yachtmaster Fast Track FAQ

Yachtmaster Offshore Sail

Q> Where are all the vessels located?

A> 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.

 

Q> How many students per yacht?

A> 4 students per yacht Maximum Guaranteed. Why is this important? Most if not all other providers cram up to 7 to 11 Students per yacht.  They refer to maximum numbers on board to 'as per the coding of the yacht, these yachts can be coded for 12 or more people.  Or they will say that its the RYA maximum for the RYA elements. The RYA elements could be as little as 1 to 4 weeks of your course. It depends how the school has decided to run your course. For comparison purposes 

 

 

Tip.. For comparison purposes:

Always ask 'How many are actually on board the yacht each and every week, do not accept 'as per the coding of the yacht' as an answer this could be between 7 and 11. We never exceed 4 students per yacht every single week of your course, including mile-builders. 

 

 

 

Q> How old are the Yachts?

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

 

Q> What level of instruction will I have?

A> A Yachtmaster instructor can teach up to the level of Yachtmaster, a cruising instructor is still on a probationary period so can only teach the basic levels up to Day skipper, you will achieve this level in your first 3 weeks.  Many Fast Track providers use these 'trainee' cruising instructors throughout your fast track, apart from 2 weeks. This means that you are never going to get the training you require to be a great Yachtmaster, and you will be unlikely to pass first time, or may even be deferred down to a lower Yachtmaster Coastal level.  Its very bad for you but saves the school a fortune as Cruising instructors are far less expensive to hire, but are not experienced enough to deliver Yachtmaster training. For comparison purposes its essential to check how many of your weeks will be with Cruising instructors and how many will be with Yachtmaster instructors.  Also be aware, many schools do not even use qualified instructors for mile-builder weeks of your course, they claim that it's a 'mile builder' and that they are not required to use qualified instructors, only commercially endorsed Yachtmasters with no instructor training. We use qualified FULL Yachtmaster instructors for every single week of your course.

 

Q> Do you provide shore-based facilities?

A> Yes, other schools may rent function rooms when required for theory training but these will not be available when you need to self study in the evenings. All our students agree they could not have got through the course without this.  We provide our students with 2 good sized classrooms, offices and mess rooms 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.

 

Q>What accreditations do Allabroad Hold?

A>  Both RYA and MCA accreditations. We encourage all prospective clients to visit training centres prior to booking,  to see for themselves and check accreditations directly with the RYA & MCA

 

Q> What qualifications do the instructors hold?

A> For your Fast Track training ALL your instruction will be delivered by FULL Yachtmaster Instructors (YMI) All our instructors are fully trained, directly by the RYA. Cruising Instructors are ideal for stand alone beginners courses, such as Competent Crew or Day Skipper,  but we prefer to use fully qualified full Yachtmaster Instructors for all our Fast Track training. You will be a far better Yachtmaster at the end of your course with training from Full YMI's. 

 

Q> What Training or Certificates do I get on the 15 week Yachtmaster Offshore Pro course?

A> On successful completion of the course:

 

  1. Day Skipper Practical
  2. Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory
  3. Coastal Skipper Practical
  4. VHF Radio Licence
  5. RYA Radar
  6. RAY Diesel Engine
  7. MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  8. MCA STCW Elementary First Aid
  9. MCA STCW Fire Prevention & Fighting
  10. STCW PSSR
  11. STCW Security awareness
  12. RYA PPR, ENG1 Medical & Comercial Endorsement
  13. RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail

 

Q> What are the chances of finding work afterwards?

A> So long as we know from the outset what direction you want to go, we can start 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.

 

Q> Where do I sleep?

A> You will sleep on the yachts. Accommodation is provided throughout your training including weekends and during theory elements.

 

Q> What do we eat?

A> At the start of each week you will be provided with an allowance, you have 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 skipper.  Our students have plenty of food, and enough to enjoy a meal out or take away at least once per week, cook a roast joint at the weekend and even dabble at baking fresh bread onboard.  Shopping, stocking the yacht and cooking on board are an essential part of the training. If you are comparing courses from one provider to the next I would check to see what the arrangements are for food as some of the allowances are diabolical meaning you have to dip into your own funds just to survive! Others just provide inedible slop.

 

Q> Do I need a sleeping bag?

A> No,  We provide you with freshly laundered bedding each and every week, each of the yachts has proper duvets and pillows. 

 

Q> How long do we spend at sea?

A> You will spend virtually every night in a sheltered 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 extra courses on some weekends. You do get some free time.

 

Q> Where do we sail?

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

 

Q> What if I fall behind with the training?

A> 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 full Yachtmaster instructors  are trained to adapt to your unique learning style.

 

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

A> 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 early rather than cutting weeks from the start.

 

Q> What if I do not pass?

A> We have the highest first time pass rates in the industry, due to the fact that we use Full Yachtmaster Instructors. if you are not successful during the final exam,  the 15 / 14 week Yachtmaster course is backed up by a free retraining scheme if there is a problem on the exam due to nerves etc. We train you further and you can re-sit your final exam.  However, turning up late for classes with a hangover voids this offer! If you work hard and put the effort in, and remember this is a training course throughout then we will get you though, if however you come here for a 15 week holiday then you will probably not pass. Managing your time effectively and staying out of the pub will vastly increase your chances of passing your final exams and finding work in the industry.

 

Q What is the Pass rate. 

A> The Allabroad first time pass rate is 95.6% and the resit pass rate is 99.6%. These figures date back to 2002 when we ran the very first Yachtmaster offshore Fast Track Sailing course.  Please note, we are quoting the pass rate for Yachtmaster Offshore and not the deferred pass rate to the much lower level of Yachtmaster Coastal.  If you book Yachtmaster Offshore with us, our pass guarantee is that you pass Yachtmaster offshore, you receive extra training until you pass the full RYA Yachtmaster offshore, not just fobbed off with the lower of Yachtmaster coastal.

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 areas:

 

1) Instructor Qualifications 

✔️We provide qualified RYA instructors every single day of your course ✔️

 

2) Training ratios 

✔️We never exceed more than 4 trainees per yacht every single week✔️

 

3) Quality of training vessels 

✔️We provide newer, more reliable, safer 2016 Sailing yachts ✔️

 

4) Facilities provided 

✔️We proved 24/7 access to a shore-based training facility ✔️

 

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