This course is the final step in the Professional Fastrack training program and will culminate in a commercially endorsed RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Qualification, the most sought after in the industry.
What experience do I need?
RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or equivalent. The following as a minimum:
- A radio operators qualification - RYA VHF (SRC) or higher
- A valid first aid certificate - RYA first aid or higher
- Seatime - 800 miles logged within the last 10 years, 30 days living on board, 2 days as skipper and 12 night hours.
Note - Half of the seatime must have been gained in tidal waters.
What's covered on this course?
Although you will already have a decent amount of experience and ability in sailing, at least to the level of RYA Yachtmaster Coastal, this course will begin with a refresher week where you will cover much the same content you should already know. It may have been some time since you last went sailing so this will allow you to get back up to speed.
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. 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 on 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 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
Self Skippering Phase:
This is an important part of the final part of your training, it is time to take off the training wings and be let loose under you own steam. During the self skippering phase you will be skippering your own boat and running you own crew in familiar waters so that you can really put into practice everything you have learnt so far. This will give you the opportunity to really build your confidence and ability in preparation for your final exam.
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:
During this week you will be put through your paces both practically and theoretically to prepare you for what will be asked of you in the exam by one of our senior Yachtmaster Instructors. 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 you achieve?
- RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Offshore
With the above qualifications you will have everything you need to send off for your International Certificate of Competentcy (ICC) and to commercially endorse your Yachtmaster Offshore.
- Accommodation on board throughout the whole course
- Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals – during the practical courses
- Waterproof clothing
- Bedding and towels
- Safety equipment
- Mooring fees & Fuel
- All charts and publications
- Flights to and from UK during course (If Applicable)
Whats Not Included?
- ENG1 Medical examination and certificate - This is a requirement for commercial endorsement.
- RYA Examination fee
- PPR Online course
Sunday 8th April, 15th July & 4th Nov from 2000 onwards (7 Weeks)
Course Cost: £4199.00
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.