These Joining Instructions cover the following courses taught onboard our motor yacht.

For information on Motor Cruising Instructor Courses please go to the Instructor Courses Joining Instructions page. For own boat tuition please see the Own Boat Tuition Joining Instructions Page.



Motor Cruising courses meet at the Training Centre at Shamrock Quay Marina. Directions can be found here. Parking is free on site for our customers as long as you have registered with the marina.



  • The start time for all Motor Cruising courses is 0930 on day one
  • Subsequent days may start earlier
  • These courses will extend into the evening some days
  • The finish time for most courses is 1600 on the last day, however Yachtmaster exams can vary greatly depending on the candidates


Following a short briefing from your Instructor, you will be given a full tour of the motor yacht and a comprehensive safety brief. All students are provided with a life jacket and it should be worn whenever you are above deck and the vessel is underway.


Tea and coffee are provided on board, as is lunch each day. Dinner is provided onboard for those evenings devoted to a night exercise, this is typically 1 evening on a Day Skipper or shorter course and 3-4 evenings on a Yachtmaster Course & Exam. There is a café, pub and restaurant on site within the marina for those arriving early or staying late any days.


Your belongings should be packed in a soft bag or holdall. Stormforce Coaching cannot be held responsible for any personal items that may be lost, stolen or damaged whilst you are on board. Below is a suggested kit list of things for you to bring:

 RYA Start Motor Cruising

RYA Helm

RYA Day Skipper PowerRYA Advanced PilotageRYA Coastal Skipper PowerRYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal PowerRYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore PowerRYA/MCA Yachtmaster Power ConversionRYA ICC Assessment

Motor Mile Builder

Skills & Drills
Note pad & pen 

2B Pencils, eraser and sharpener              if skippering, but not if crewing
Warm clothing (lots of layers),
thermals and fleeces
Warm hat, gloves, cap & sunglasses                    
Soft soled shoes (deck shoes or trainers
but not black soles or heels)
Sailing boots or wellies
Small torch          
Buy RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop  optional  optional optional  optional optional  optional  optional  optional  optional  optional optional 
Calculator      optional  optional  optional  optional  optional    optional    optional
Wet Weather Gear (* or hire from us for £5/day)              
Your First Aid certificate                    
Passport Photograph              
Your Marine Radio Certificate                    
RYA Exam Fee           Click Click Click  Free if you are an RYA member    
Sleeping bag, towel & toiletries                      

  * If you would like to hire wet weather gear please let us know in advance so we can ensure we have the correct size available for you


Accommodation is not included in your course fees (except the Coastal Skipper Motor Course). If you would like to arrange local accommodation for the duration of your course, you will find a list of local providers at Southampton Accommodation.


You may wish to take some photographs during your course to take home and share with friends and family. Please feel free to snap away (as long as other students are happy to have their photographs taken). We’d love to see your photos, so please post any images captured whilst on a course with us onto our Facebook page. We run a monthly competition to find the best, or most entertaining, course photo. This can include something amusing you’ve seen whilst on the water: as long as the picture was taken while you were on a course with us, it’s valid for entry! Every month one of our students wins a £50 voucher to redeem against another course.


RYA certification is awarded at the discretion of you instructor and the Principal. At the end of your course, a full individual de-brief will be given.

For Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore exams an external examiner will step aboard on the 4th evening, and his/her decision is final. Appeals can be made to the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification panel. 


No previous knowledge or experience is required for this course, although if you are looking for some pre-course reading then we can recommend the RYA Motor Cruising Handbook by Simon Jinks. You will have plenty of opportunity to both crew and helm the motor yacht during your two days.


Suggested pre-course reading includes both the book mentioned above and Tim Bartlett’s RYA Navigation Handbook. During your four days onboard, you will be given opportunities to skipper the boat and will be coached on boat handling techniques. One evening (generally the second or third) is devoted to a night exercise. You can expect to be back in our marina about four hours after dark on that evening. Upon successful completion of the Course, you will be awarded the (ICC Power over 10m) and/or RYA Day Skipper Power Certificate. As a general rule candidates who have completed the Day Skipper Shorebased Course before joining us pass the Day Skipper Motor and the ICC, while students who do not have the Day Skipper Shorebased knowledge normally attain only the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

 Essential Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes - 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop

Useful Pre-Course Reading

Buy RYA Day Skipper Handbook Motor at the RYA Shop


Anyone training for the ICC with us will automatically receive the coastal endorsement to their ICC. If you additionally require the inland endorsement (for the inland waterways of Europe) then you will also need to take the CEVNI test.

Useful Pre-Course Reading for ICC

Buy RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes - 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop

Essential Pre Course reading for CEVNI

Buy RYA Handy Guide to CEVNI at the RYA Shop


You will need to be familiar with the content of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Course before joining us. Pre course reading is therefore as the Coastal Skipper Course below.


We recommend you familiarise yourself with the content of both the RYA Motor Cruising Handbook and the RYA Navigation Handbook (mentioned above). As this is an advanced course you will be given the opportunity to skipper the boat on an extended passage on the South Coast. You will need to be familiar with the contents of the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course before you join us. This is the one Motorboat course we run that includes accommodation onboard; please bring sleeping bag, towel, toiletries and changes of clothing.

Useful Pre-Course Reading 

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Weather Handbook - Northern Hemisphere at the RYA Shop Buy A Seaman's Guide to The Rule of the Road at the RYA Shop


Please ensure you are familiar with all of the IRPCS and have refreshed your knowledge of navigation and meteorology, as there is not time to re-learn this during the week. Your Instructor will give you a mid-week de-brief: this is a good opportunity to discuss your skills and if you do not think you are ready for the exam, to postpone it until a later date. On the fourth afternoon of the course, an RYA Examiner will swap places with our Instructor. We give the examiner up to 48 hours use of the boat with you, however exams can be considerably shorter (particularly if we have less than four candidates and/or some of them are taking the shorter conversion exam).

You will need your completed logbook, SRC/VHF certificate, First Aid Certificate and a passport photo of yourself. The exam fee is paid directly to the examiner (current rates are here).

Useful Pre-Course Reading 

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Weather Handbook - Northern Hemisphere at the RYA Shop Buy A Seaman's Guide to The Rule of the Road at the RYA Shop Buy Lights and Shapes Flip Cards at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Yachtmaster Handbook at the RYA Shop


Please read the notes for Yachtmaster courses above. Your time being examined will be proportionally less than candidates taking the full exam. Your exam content is likely to focus on:

  • Diesel engine trouble-shooting
  • Electronic navigation, in particular Radar
  • Passage planning for high speed craft

  • Driving high speed craft
  • MOB

  • Twin engine close quarter handling

Useful Pre-Course reading may therefore include

Buy RYA Diesel Engine Handbook at the RYA Shop Buy RYA An Introduction to Radar at the RYA Shop

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