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Motor Cruising Courses

Course Start Times

  • Start time: 09:00 on the first day.

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What to wear and bring

We recommend you bring the following:

  • Waterproofs if you have them otherwise we can loan you school ones
  • Warm clothing ie. thin thermal layers, fleece, gloves & hat
  • Sunglasses and sunblock
  • Clothes that are quick drying are preferable to jeans
  • Footwear is important so deck shoes or non-slip trainers with non marking soles

Basically come prepared for the British climate!

Food and drink

On Motor Cruising courses the fees include lunches and refreshments but not evening meals. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know. Within the confines of a vessel at sea we will do our best to cater for allergies/intolerences vegetarians etc. For obvious reasons there is a strict no alcohol policy on the course.


Accommodation on our school boat ‘Fenland Dancer’ is by prior arrangement, however you will need to bring a sleeping bag and a pillowcase. Charge is £25 for up to 3 nights.  Fenland Dancer is basic warm dry accommodation, please leave it as you find it.

If you decide that you would rather leave the boat each day, please click here for a list of local accommodation.

NB Book a rooms at Harpers Steakhouse (286 Bridge Road, Lower Swanwick, SO31 7EB which is right next door to u,   online via www.charmingbedrooms.co.uk  using Promo Booking Code MendezM10 – you will receive a 10% discount on your room. 


The following courses have RYA central registration and require a passport size photo for your certification:

  • RYA Day Skipper Motor
  • RYA Coastal Skipper Practical
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exam

You MUST bring a PASSPORT SIZED PHOTOGRAPH for your certification.


Your personal safety is of paramount importance to us. You will receive a full safety brief before all courses, so please always follow the instructors requests. The environment you are entering is very different from that ashore so it’s important that safe thinking and practices are adopted by all. We all need to look after ourselves and each other. All required safety equipment is onboard each vessel and you are very welcome to bring your own equipment such as lifejackets should you have them.

Yachtmaster Exam Candidates

Emphasis on an exam preparation course will be on polishing your strengths and developing your weaker areas during the week. If you have not done so already we strongly advise you to read our pre course advice paper here.

The examiner will join the boat on the last day and the exams will normally continue through until late that night.  the examiner can examine 2 students in a 24 hour period so depending on numbers, Maximum 4, the exams may run across two days,. Exam fees are NOT included in the course fee and are paid to the RYA on the day of examination, unless paid to Mendez Marine who will pay the RYA on your behalf.    Link to RYA exam fee payment service 

Please remember to bring your Log Book, Passport Photo, First Aid Certificate and VHF Radio License.

Cancellation Policy & Insurance

Please read the terms and conditions.

And Finally…

We all wish you a fantastic time whilst with Mendez Marine. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.


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