RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Preparation Course
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Course
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This special preparation course is designed for those who wish to take the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore examination. The course gives potential Yachtmasters the opportunity to thoroughly revise both practical and theoretical subjects. You will spend five days on-board the yacht with one of our fully qualified professional RYA Yachtmaster instructors prior to taking the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore examination. Sailing will be in local waters as it is normally found that at this level boat handling in close quarters is required rather than long Channel crossings.
The instructor will tailor the course to your needs but our experience usually leads us to emphasize the following subjects: Passage Planning, Skippering Techniques, Man-overboard Recovery, Meteorology, Close Quarters Handling and Pilotage in Restricted Visibility.You are strongly advised to arrive for the course already having a thorough knowledge of the Collision Regulations, particularly in relation to lights, shapes and signals. The successful Yachtmaster Offshore candidate is an experienced yachtsman who has a theoretical knowledge to the level of the RYA Yachtmaster shore based course and will be able to skipper a cruising yacht on passages up to 150 miles from port. The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competency is acknowledged throughout the World as the top sailing qualification.
Yachtmaster Pre Course Requirements
Before attempting the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore exam, you should have the following minimum experience;
50 days onboard sailing yachts over 24 feet
2,500 nautical miles (half of these should be in tidal waters)
5 non-stop passages over 60 miles - you should have skippered at least two of these and two should have been overnight
5 days of skippering
Theoretical knowledge and certificates
You should possess a theoretical knowledge to the level of the RYA Yachtmaster shore based course and hold an in date First Aid certificate (valid for three years from date of issue) and hold a VHF licence or Short Range Certificate - SRC
Exam preparation teaching ratio on board 4:1