RYA Diesel Course


DAYS: 1 day classroom course


LEVEL: Intermediate

SETTING: Classroom

LOCATION: Netherlands

COST * € 350,-

RYA Coastal : Yachtmaster Theory


  • Comprehensive Course Materials
  • Facilities and Equipment
  • Access engines
  • Access tools and diagnostic equipment
  • Lunch, tea and coffee
  • Expert Instructor


Dates available upon request. We maintain a list and start a course when enough students enroll. Sign up using the ‘reserve’ button.

What you will learn

  • Principles of the Diesel Engine
  • The Four-Stroke Cycle
  • The Fuel System
  • The Cooling System
  • The Air Systems
  • Engine Electrical System
  • Spares and Tool Requirements
  • Importance of Winterisation and Servicing
  • Engine Lubrication
  • Winterisation and Servicing
  • Fault Finding


RYA Diesel Engine Certificate

Next Step ——–

RYA Radar operator Certificate
RYA SRC GMDSS Certificate


The RYA Diesel Engine Course covers a comprehensive range of topics essential for the understanding and maintenance of diesel engines on boats. Here’s an overview of the key sections of the course:

This course provides an in-depth understanding of diesel engines, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting, ensuring the smooth operation and longevity of their marine diesel engines.

08:30 – 09:00: Registration and Welcome
Introduction to the course and participants

09:00 – 09:30: Introduction to Diesel Engines
Basic principles and advantages of diesel engines in marine use

09:30 – 10:15: The Four-Stroke Cycle
Detailed look at the operation and components of the four-stroke diesel engine

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:15: The Fuel System
Understanding components like the tank, pumps, injectors, and bleeding the system

11:15 – 12:00: The Cooling System
Overview of direct/raw water and indirect fresh water cooling systems, including temperature control

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:45: The Air Systems
Exploring air intake, exhaust systems, and air filters

13:45 – 14:30: Engine Electrical System
Basics of the engine’s electrical components like batteries, alternators, and starting mechanisms

14:30 – 14:45: Tea Break

14:45 – 15:30: Spares, Tools, and Maintenance
Discussing essential spares, tools, and routine maintenance including winterisation

15:30 – 16:15: Engine and Transmission Lubrication
Importance and methods of proper lubrication

16:15 – 17:00: Fault Finding
Practical session on diagnosing common problems like different smoke types, starting issues, and overheating

17:00 – 17:30: Course Wrap-Up and Feedback
Summary of the day’s learnings, feedback session, and discussion on further learning opportunities

Please note: This is a sample itinerary and the actual schedule may vary depending on the training center and instructor. Practical hands-on sessions may be interspersed throughout the day as appropriate.

The road to RYA Yachtmaster

Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.

First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!

Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.

Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.

Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.

Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.

Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.

Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.

Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!