The RYA / MCA Yachtmaster offshore Exam is the next step for an experienced sailor who has completed the RYA Coastal Skipper course or the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and now wants to either skipper longer passages or progress to a career in sailing.
This course is all about preparing you. At the end of the full 5 days of intensive training, you will feel more confident in your own ability and able to take the exam if you feel ready.
What happens on this week?
You’ll be onboard with one of our experienced RYA Yachtmaster Instructors. Their first job will be to assess your strengths and weaknesses. As the week progresses, they will help you tackle any particular areas of weakness, highlight your strengths and increase your confidence when making decisions.
You will take charge of the yacht on a series of short passages by day and night. You’ll be expected to lead your crew, navigate confidently and handle your boat efficiently and safely under power and sail, out at sea and in a confined space. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to set the yacht for downwind sailing with a poled out headsail or, weather permitting, a spinnaker.
We’ll give you the chance to tackle a range of challenging scenarios, practice weather forecasting, application of collision regulations, pilotage and passage planning. We’ll provide you with robust feedback throughout and emphasize exactly what else will be expected during the exam.
As this qualification is considered to be the pinnacle of RYA training, we make every attempt to ensure the correct skill mix on board the yacht. As per RYA Guidelines we will never schedule a Yachtmaster Preparation week with RYA Day Skippers on board in order to ensure maximum attention is given to the candidates.
It is our policy that we will never have more than 4 examinees on board in order to allow a thorough examination to take place and for you to gain a qualification to be proud of.
What experience do I need?
- RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Coastal or equivalent experience (check you know your theory here)
- A minimum of 2500 logged miles - half of which need to be conducted in tidal waters, including at least 5 passages over 60 miles with two overnight and two as skipper
- First Aid Certificate
- VHF Certificate
- You must be over 18 years of age
If in doubt whether you're ready for this just give us a call on 07925 784407 for some advice, or email us.
- Accommodation onboard throughout the course
- Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals
- Waterproof clothing
- Bedding and towels
- Safety equipment
- Mooring fees
- All charts and publications
- 5 full days training - examination on the 6th day
What's not included:
- RYA YM Examination Fee
- Examiners travel costs (if applicable)
See start dates below. This is a 6/7 day course. Dependent upon number of examination candidates.
Course cost: £749
How to book:
It's easy! Just select the course date you want below. Click on book, confirm that this is the course and date that you want and then complete your details on our secure online booking system. A 25% deposit is all that's needed, with the balance payable 30 days before your course starts.