RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Preparation Course
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Course
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
- 31st May - 6th June 2021
- 28th June - 4th July
- 23rd - 29th August
-13th - 19th September
- 11th - 17th October
The RYA have recently announced that due to COVID-19, examiners will no longer stay onboard overnight. The maximum number of candidates to be examined in a day will be 2. The maximum number of people onboard will be 4 to include the examiner, 2 candidates and a crew member. Because of these changes we are now offering these courses for no more than 3 students, with candidates rotating as crew over the 2 day exam period. Exam Preparation courses will resume from the 31st May 2021.