RYA Day Skipper to RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Day Skipper to RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Offshore

This course is designed for people who have already achieved the level of RYA Day Skipper or who have and equivalent level of knowledge but want to progress with their sailing ability and achieve a more professional qualification.

This course offers the very best value for money and is the fastest route to gaining the complete, much sought after, commercially endorsable RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Qualification and is uniquely tailored toward people who already have some level of experience.

What experience do I need? 

RYA Day Skipper or equivalent and the desire to become a professional skipper

What's covered on this course? 

Skipper Refresher:

Although you will already have some experience and ability in sailing, at least to the level of RYA Day Skipper, this course will begin with a refresher week where you will cover much the same content you already know. It may have been some time since you last went sailing so this will allow you to get back up to speed.

Short Courses:

As part of the Yachtmaster Coastal module you will complete four short courses. RYA Sea Survival will teach you the basics of abandon ship procedures, survival management and the operation of all life saving appliances on board and is also a requirement for commercial endorsement. RYA Diesel Engine course gives you an awareness of the main systems of a marine engine and routine maintenance measure to prevent mechanical breakdown. The RYA VHF (SRC) course is for people who wish to use a hand held or fixed VHF radio and is a requirement for commercial endorsement. The RYA first aid course aims to give a working knowledge of basic first aid board a yacht and is also a requirement for commercial endorsement.

Mile Building/ Passage Making:

There will be a period of time allocated to making longer passages where you will carrying out passage planning, skippering the passages and getting some miles under the belt. This is essential to attain the mileage requirement for the Yachtmaster Coastal/ Offshore exam and also to gain the required qualifying passages. It will also teach you valuable skills such as crew and watch management, victualing and weather routing. Some of these passages may be carried out in northern European waters

Skipper Enhancement:

In the Skipper enhancement section 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 to continuing safety of the crew on board. This is an essential skill for those looking to become a professional skipper.

Yachtmaster Coastal theory:

You will be taught the full Yachtmaster Coastal theory syllabus. This will involve advanced navigation and meteorology and will include appropriate management of all aspects of your yacht on short and long passages. The theory element will culminate in an examination to assess your navigational ability.

Yachtmaster Coastal prep week and Exam:

The final week of the course will be taken up with your prep week and exam. During this week you will be put through your paces, both theoretical and practical, by one of our Yachtmaster instructors. The 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, commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Coastal.

Advance Sail Trim & Navigation:

You will spend time with one of our senior instructors learning the more advanced elements of sail trim and navigation that are not taught as standard in any of the previous elements. What you will learn here will help to prepare you for the world of professional skippers where a greater depth of knowledge is a huge advantage. It will also give you the level of knowledge needed to pass the final exam.

Yachtmaster Offshore prep week & Exam:

This week will be similar in setup to the Yachtmaster coastal prep week where you will be put through your paces both practically and theoretically to prepare you for what will be asked of you in the exam. You will also utilise this week to become familiar with the area the exam will be conducted and to become adept at all of the maneuvers that you may be asked to do in the exam.

What qualifications will I achieve? 

  • RYA Diesel Engine
  • STCW 95/10
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Theory 
  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Coastal qualification
  • RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification 


With the above qualifications you will have everything you need to apply for your International Certificate of Competency (ICC) and to commerically endorse your Yachtmaster Offshore qualification. 

What's included? 

  • Accommodation on board throughout the whole course
  • Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals during the practical course only
  • The theory element of this course is self catering.  However, a basic breakfast pack is provided. 
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Bedding and towels
  • Safety equipment
  • Mooring fees and fuel
  • All charts and publications
  • Fun! 

What's not included? 

  • RYA/YM Examination fees
  • Examiners travel costs (if applicable)
  • PPR online course
  • ENG1 Medical examination and certificate.  This is a requirement for commercial endorsement


Course schedule: 

See dates below.  This is a 14 week course.

Course cost: £8,899 

Option for own cabin: £11,699 

To guarantee your own cabin for this 14 week course, contact us

What's next? 

Being a fully qualified, commercially endorsed, Yachtmaster Offshore will open up many avenues for professional work within this industry including charter skipper, flotilla skipper, delivery skipper and many other options in the superyacht industry. Or now that you have reached the final milestone of the fastrack program the next step up on the RYA qualification ladder RYA Yachtmaster Ocean. Alternatively there is the RYA Cruising Instructor qualification which is the first step on the instructor qualification ladder.

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