RYA Motorboat

RYA Motorboat

Our Courses

Urban Truant's yachting courses cater for anyone - from the complete beginner to those wishing to pursue a career in the marine industry.

For boat owners we specialise in own boat tuition at all levels and can customise the training to suit your needs.

Holders of the Yachtmaster™ Coastal or Yachtmaster™ Offshore Sail Certificate of Competence are able to take the full exam to obtain the equivalent power certificate of competence with a reduced seatime requirement. This course provides the opportunity to prepare for your exam by covering refresher training in a number of key areas, and culminating in an exam with an external RYA examiner.
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This entry level course is ideal for anyone who would like to learn the basics of motor cruising. You will follow a lively syllabus exposing you to a variety of important subjects from anchoring and berthing, to reading a GPS, and understanding what to do in an emergency.
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The RYA Helmsman’s Course provides a solid introduction to motor cruising. It is ideal for new skippers and their crews, ensuring everyone can be fully involved in the safe running of your boat. The course is designed to provide as much fun and enjoyment as possible in a safe and reassuring environment.
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RYA Day Skipper offers an excellent way to spend time improving your skills and knowledge of all aspects of life at sea whilst skippering a motor cruiser during short day and night time passages. This qualification is highly recommended for anyone who owns or regularly uses a motor cruiser.
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This advanced level course is aimed Day Skippers wishing to enhance their skills or progress towards their RYA Coastal Skipper. It also meets the needs of those who have recently converted from sail to power, by sharpening their skills with day and night time navigation and high speed pilotage.
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RYA Coastal Skipper is the ideal qualification to follow the RYA Day Skipper course. It may also form a bridge to the full MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ examination. It’s designed to give an experienced skipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night or involve watch-keeping systems.
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The RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal qualification is a major achievement and you will need to demonstrate a wide breadth of existing knowledge. This course provides the opportunity to prepare for your exam by covering refresher training in a number of key areas, and culminating in an exam with an external RYA examiner.
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The RYA Yachtmaster™ qualification is recognised and respected worldwide, with candidates demonstrating a wide breadth of existing knowledge. This course provides the opportunity to prepare for your exam by covering refresher training in a number of key areas, and culminating in an exam with an external RYA examiner.
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Own Boat Tuition RYA Training Centre

Own Boat Tuition

Own boat tuition is ideal for anyone who would like to learn more about their new boat, or consolidate knowledge of a boat they’ve owned for a while. Training will be customised to suit your boat's capabilities, your skill level and that of your crew.
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Reasons to Choose Us

We are passionate about what we do and customer service is key in everything we do. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose us.

If you’re still not convinced give us a call and speak to one of our instructors on 01489 250 040

3:1 Instructor Ratio

With your progression as our priority, we have chosen to impose a maximum of 3 students for every course held on board one of our boats. This best practice approach to our service gives you with more time with the instructor and more time practicing your skills. It also enables you and your instructor to focus on any weaknesses ... and you'll have a cabin to yourself!

Dedicated RYA Instructor Support

We pride ourselves on using the very best instructors available. They're a friendly and experienced team who understand the importance of taking the time to ensure you fully understand what you're learning. Our shorebased tutors include Yachtmaster Instructors, examiners and instructor trainers.

Modern Training Facilities

Our training facilities in Swanwick Marina provide small groups with the perfect environment to study and learn. The room is well-equipped with full audio/visual, a large whiteboard, and plenty of space to spread our your charts. We'll also look after you during your time with us, as refreshments are included with every course, and decent coffee on tap!

Online Courses

Our exclusive 'SailingCourseOnline' portal offers an advanced way to learn at your own pace wherever you are, and works seamlessly across desktops, laptops and mobile devices. The content was specifically written to be read on a screen, with bite-sized modules, clean graphics and animations. Our team of shorebased instructors are on hand whenever you need them, and as they're additionally RYA Yachtmaster Instructors and examiners, they provide fast and knowledgeable assistance whatever your query.

Highfield RIBs

All our Powerboat training courses are delivered on our exceptionally maintained Highfield Patrol RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) which operate well at speed and close quarters maneouvres.

Once you have learnt to drive a RIB you can get access to Urban Truant's Urban Truant RIB Club.

Top Quality Yachts

Urban Truant's 41 foot yachts are equipped and furnished with training and chartering in mind. Our yachts are well-maintained and no expense is spared for all of our gear and safety equipment. We also take your comfort seriously... You'll have space to savour downtime with your own cabin and 240v sockets when connected to shorepower. Marina fees are always included with an Urban Truant experience, and enjoy complimentary use of our  lifejackets and wet weather gear.

About Us

Urban Truant is one of the UK’s leading RYA sail and power training schools. We’re based at Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble and Port Solent marina near Portsmouth. With the entire Solent within easy reach, your RYA training course begins the minute you step on board one of our well-equipped modern boats or join us in our cosy training room equipped with the latest IT and learning aids.

We also offer online navigation courses delivered on our exclusive learning platform. Learn at your own pace … at home, on your commute … and our team of experienced instructors is ready to answer your questions, so help is never far away. ​This includes invigilated exams for the online Short-Range Certificate.

From learning to sail a yacht to driving a motor cruiser ... from achieving your Day Skipper to gaining your radio qualification, and with a 7 day money back guarantee and 15% discounts on multiple courses, how do you want to be an Urban Truant? 


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