Extended Yachtmaster Preparation

Extended Yachtmaster Preparation

This intensive course is suitable for those aspiring to a professional qualification and in need of advanced skills. It combines our 6 day Yachtmaster Theory course with 12 days of advanced training/exam preparation.  

What‘s covered on this course?

RYA Yachtmaster Theory (6 days):

You’ll start by spending 6 days in our Gibraltar classroom learning advanced navigation, meteorology, and consideration for potential issues associated with longer passages.  This will include appropriate management of all aspects of your yacht to maximise crew comfort and safety.  At the end of this 40 hour course you will be well prepared to take the RYA Yachtmaster theory tests.

Skipper Enhancement (5 days):

In the first practical stage of your course,  you will begin to learn the intricacies of advanced sail trim and the setting and use of storm sails, asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers. We will also be focusing on emergency procedures such as man overboard and engine / power failure as well as power handling in marinas. Also included in the skipper enhancement section is boat husbandry where you will learn the finer points of maintaining a yacht to a high standard to ensure the continuing safety of the crew on board. This is an essential skill for those looking to become a professional skipper.

Yachtmaster Coastal/ Offshore prep week and Exam (6 days):

This final week of your course will be taken up with your preparation week and practical examination. During this week you will be put through your paces, both theoretical and practical, by one of our experienced Yachtmaster instructors. Your instructor will ensure that you are competent in all aspects of the syllabus prior to your exam at the end of the week. The exam will be conducted on board the same yacht you have been training on, but will be with an external examiner. On successful completion of this exam you will have achieved all the elements to be a fully qualified Yachtmaster Coastal/ Offshore.

What experience do I need?

For RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper you will need 400 logged miles. If you do not hold Coastal Skipper, you will need a minimum of 800 logged miles within the last 10 years including 30 days onboard, 2 as Skipper and 12 night hours. If in doubt as to whether you are ready for this please just contact us for some advice.

For RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Coastal SkipperYachtmaster Coastal or knowledge to that level. If you intend to take the exam immediately afterwards, you should also have a minimum of 2400 logged miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles with two overnight and two as skipper as well as RYA VHF & First Aid. If in doubt as to whether you are ready for this please just call us for some advice.

What's included?

  •     Accommodation on board throughout the course
  •     Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals – during the practical phases
  •     Waterproof clothing
  •     Bedding and towels
  •     Safety equipment
  •     Mooring fees & Fuel
  •     All charts and publications.
  •     RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course

What's not included:

  • Examination Fee
  • Examiners travel costs (if applicable)


Upon successful completion of the extended preparation course you'll be awarded the RYA Yachtmaster Theory and RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/ Offshore certificates.

Course Schedule:

See dates below: 20:00 Onwards. This is an 18 day intensive course. 

Course Cost: £1799.00

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