Yachtmaster Offshore
A preparation week to become an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep Course & Exam

An intensive preparation week before taking the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Examination


A Yachtmaster Offshore is proficient to skipper a sailing yacht on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from harbour.

It is a thorough week of training including plenty of night sailing, sailing exercises and power handling exercises, navigation and passage planning.  Early in the week your instructor will assess your strong points and weaknesses and concentrate on coaching you through any areas needed to pass the examination.  You will be thoroughly debriefed by your instructor throughout the week so you have plenty of time to focus on those weaker areas.

At the end of the week an external RYA/MCA examiner will come on board to conduct the exam which normally takes around 12 hours per candidate.

NOTE – all our RYA courses are taught in English.

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What to expect

The preparatory part of the course lasts 5 days, which we run from Monday to Friday. This will be with one of our RYA Yachtmaster Instructors.

After these 5 days, on the Friday evening the instructor will leave the boat and the independent RYA/MCA examiner will board the yacht and start with a crew briefing giving you an idea of what will be required from you over the exam period. Expect to plan passages for day and night and be quizzed on all aspects of the Yachtmaster scheme, emphasis will be on your skippering ability and sailing skills with man overboard under sail, sailing on to mooring buoys and close quarter power handling being at the forefront.

The examiner will also give your instructor a tidal passage for you to have ready on his arrival, expect a plan with multiple hours of tide, tidal gates and shallow harbour entries (usually UK to France). The examiner will go through the passage plan with you, quizzing you to make sure you have a full understanding.

The exam lasts between 8 and 12 hours for 1 candidate and between 10 and 18 hours for 2 candidates. No more than 2 candidates can be examined in 24 hours.


How you can take the course.

INDIVIDUAL

Join a yacht with other students. We like to teach a maximum of 4 people at a time as we feel it gives each individual that extra attention and time from the instructor and also a comfortable space on board the yacht.

PRICES FOR THE PREPARATION COURSE:

LOW SEASON – £800 PER PERSON

MID SEASON – £920 PER PERSON

HIGH SEASON – £1040 PER PERSON

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Note: Cabin accommodation may be shared and saloon berths may be used

PRIVATE

Charter a yacht for 7 days with partners, friends or family (Suggested Maximum 4 people). Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalised tuition additional space and comfort.

PRICES FOR THE PREPARATION COURSE:

This is the price of the RYA training yacht PLUS the cost of one of our RYA Instructors. Contact Us for details

Note: Skipper will require a cabin

EXAMINATION COSTS

There is an exam fee to be paid directly to the examiner in cash at £224 per student taking the exam.

Between students taking the exam, you must cover the travel costs of the instructor too.

2021 GROUP COURSE AVAILABILITY:

There are no courses currently scheduled, contact us if you are interested in a particular week

Please Get in touch regarding your individual requirements for this prep week & exam.


What your course includes

  • 7 nights accommodation on board
  • An experienced Yachtmaster Instructor for your coaching
  • Well equipped modern yacht, bed linen, navigational equipment and resources
  • Independent RYA examiner
  • Note: the examination fee is paid directly to the RYA examiner at the time of the examination

Course Details

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This course is for individuals

This course lasts 5 days preparation + 2 days exam

Student ratio is 4 students to 1 instructor

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age

18

  • 50 Days seatime
  • At least 5 passages over 60 miles in which at least 2 were as skipper and 2 which have involved overnight passages.
  • 2500 miles (half in tidal waters)
  • VHF licence
  • First Aid Certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster Theory

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