I was,am getting ready to spend a lot of time in the caribean sailing on our 45 foot cat . for fun I thought i would look into an RYA course as they seem to be the international standard. I have been sailing for 50 years mostly on lake Ontario
and have owned a larger sized 27 feet or bigger since 1984 . I am what most people would consider experienced .
I purchased an online course from NAVATHOME for coastal skipper
. I received the very well thought out material ,including a fictional set of charts
,dividers and such . As sone as i looked at the study material I knew I was beat. So I down graded (purchased) the beginner level Day skipper
course . All the theory was on line and could be done at your pace .They have very responsive help and all in all a great experience .
Last spring my wife and I went Grenada
for our practical test which was basically a 5-7 charter with an Rya skipper who put us through our paces .I am now working toward my Coastal yachtmaster ticket . I now have a physical licence with my picture on it that is recognized world wide.
you can take the practical with any certified school
in the world .We used blue water
on a 45 foot monohull
.We had the the instructor to ourselves
.Rya also hasa competent crew course so the partner can get a certificate as well ,there is no theory for that .
PS it was not navathome,s fault that I bought the the wrong course .someone else gave me bad advise .they are not mentioned here.