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RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Academy

Here at Ocean Sports Tuition we are passionate about helping you realise your boating ambitions and have been delivering Yachtmaster courses on the Solent for years. That’s why we launched our RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Academy at our approved RYA training centre. It focuses on taking our existing passion and capabilities and combining them in a complete package for our clients.

This flexible 4 week Yachtmaster sailing school programme is designed to aid completion of either your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification or your RYA Yachtmaster coastal qualification, which is now the entry route for OOW yachts less than 3000GT.

You can also include STCW, VHF Short Range Certificate and PPR if needed. This comprehensive service is ideal for professional seafarers who require theory and practical qualifications for a career at sea. Additionally, it is well suited to experienced skippers looking to challenge themselves in a recreational setting. You choose which elements are best for you, by attending the relevant sections.

The RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence is a highly respected qualification worldwide. With RYA commercial endorsement, on successful completion of Ocean Sports Tuition Yachtmaster Coastal Academy you will have all the RYA certificates of competence you need to start or to continue your career in the motor cruising / superyacht industry.

Why should I choose the Ocean Sports Yachtmaster Academy?

Located in the heart of Southampton, this flexible 4 week programme is perfect for those located in Hampshire, on the South Coast, or even based in London. It is designed for already competent powerboaters, who want to establish a career in the marine industry.

Our highly experienced team of professional Yachtmaster instructors, will guide you through the Yachtmaster Academy, delivering high impact, high quality teaching either in a small group or on an individual basis.

With a curated list of recommended accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets, the Ocean Sports Tuition team is more than happy to find you a place to stay for the duration of your visit. For more information about where we are located, call 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Course

What previous experience is needed to undertake the Yachtmaster Academy programme?

Yachtmaster Academy

In order to take the Yachtmaster Coastal examination you must have logged the following mileage:

  • 30 days at sea, with 2 days as skipper (reduced to 20 days if you already hold a Coastal Skipper Practical certificate of completion)
  • 800 miles logged personally, including 12 night hours (reduced to 400 miles, including 12 night hours if you already hold a Coastal Skipper Practical certificate of completion)
  • Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam

Yachtmaster Academy

In order to take the Yachtmaster Offshore examination you must have logged the following mileage:

  • 50 days at sea and 2,500 miles
  • A minimum of 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and 2 of which have included overnight passages.
  • 5 days experience as skipper
  • Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam

Yachtmaster Academy

The following certificates are also pre-requisites for both qualifications:

  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • VHF Radio Certificate – RYA SRC

Please note, as this is an advanced course, we have set a minimum age for students on this advanced motor yacht programme of 18 years old.

What will I learn?

Yachtmaster Academy

Week 1 - Yachtmaster Theory Course

The first week is a theory week with the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean or RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Theory Course. This is often a major reason for exam failure in our experience, however it is often overlooked. This course is ideal to brush up or to really polish your skills. The Ocean and Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster theory courses includes things such as, passage planning / chart plotters and dividers, conduct in tidal waters/tidal streams and collision regulations.

Attending the RYA Ocean or RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Theory Courses, also gives you the chance to really get to know your strengths and weaknesses. As a result, we can help and guide you in the right areas of your learning. It also gives you chance to meet your fellow crew members. By building that bond, you therefore develop the familiarity and trust to help gain confidence. Whilst this isn’t compulsory, we find it massively advantageous to the success of our candidates.

Weekend 1

The weekend will be taken up by exams of your RYA Yachtmaster  course.  

Yachtmaster Academy

Week 2 - Yachtmaster Practical Course

Is the RYA Offshore / RYA Coastal Skipper practical week. The main advantage to this practical sailing week, is that it really cements the theory knowledge, build news skills and fine tunes old ones. It also lowers the required mileage required before undertaking your RYA MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper exam. The required qualifying sea time mileage for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal exam is: 800 miles 30 days 12 nights hours, 2 days as skipper, however with this course you will only require 400 miles qualifying seatime, 20 days and 2 days as skipper onboard a vessel of less than 24 meters.

The MCA have also agreed that mileage on vessels up to 3000GT can also be used, as long as candidates have undertaken the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course completion certificate.

Weekend 2

RYA Radar course and Diesel engine course

Yachtmaster Academy

Week 3 - Exam Preparation Course & Exam

This is the practical preparation week followed by the Yachtmaster Exam which starts on the Monday and goes through to the Friday before your examiner jumps on board for your RYC MCA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore, weekend exam.

This is an intensive, personally focused week of skills and drills prior to the exam, putting everything together and allowing you to practice the finer points of boat handling, planning, navigation, crew management and decision making. Consequently, by the end of this prep course you will have all the attributes of a great Yachtmaster.

Weekend 3

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal exam / RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore exam

Yachtmaster Academy

Week 4 - STCW 95 Basic Training

The STCW basic training is a must for all crew looking to enter the Super yacht industry. It consists of 4 elements:

  • Personal Sea Survival
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Elementary First Aid
  • Personal Safety and Social responsibilities

As an OST Superyacht master student, we will also include the proficiency in security awareness too.

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Do you offer an RYA Yachtmaster fast track course?

Our Yachtmaster Academy programme combines all of the essential Yachtmaster courses, with the ultimate aim of being qualified to professionally skipper commercial vessels on ocean passages, in just 4 weeks.

If I don't want to book the full Yachtmaster Academy programme, can I book the individual Yachtmaster practical and shorebased courses separately?

Yes. If you don't want to book the full programme or have already undertaken some parts, we also run the individual practical and shore based courses.

  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory / RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Course
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course / Yachtmaster Offshore Power Course / Offshore Yachtmaster Course / RYA Yachtmaster Power / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence / Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster Offshore / Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Course / Yachtmaster Coastal Theory Course
  • RYA Yachtmaster Motor Course
  • RYA Yachtmaster Sailing Course
  • Commercial Yachtmaster Course
I live in London and am looking for an RYA Yachtmaster course in the UK near me. Can you help?

Yes. If you are looking for a Yachtmaster Academy course in London, Ocean Sports Tuition is a great choice. Just an hour from London by car or train, our RYA courses on the Solent are easily accessible.

What does the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Academy Course Fee include?

When you book onto this 4 day programme with Ocean Sports Tuition, we will ensure that you are provided with all of the relevant equipment to give you the best experience possible. This includes:

  • Mooring fees
  • Loan of Gore-Tex waterproofs
  • Use of our modern MCA inspected motor yacht
  • Fuel costs
  • Your RYA MCA Advanced Yachtmaster Instructor
  • RYA Yachtmaster course completion certificate
  • Free Parking
  • Free refreshments including tea and coffee

RYA Yachtmaster Course Price

The cost of the Yachtmaster Academy course is £3897 per person for the 3 week programme of training with a qualified RYA instructor. STCW week can be included for an additional £729

For further information regarding online bookings, ICC licence cost, boat licence prices, anchoring course fees, or general course prices, please call Ocean Sports Tuition on:

02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

Own Boat Tuition

Additionally, if you have your own motor boat that you would like to use for the course, we also run own boat tuition. For more information or to check that your own boat is suitable for the Yachtmaster Academy, speak to a member of our team today. Please contact us on 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

RYA Approved Course Location

Unit 6 Saxon Wharf Marina
Lower York Street
SO14 5QF

Booking Details

To book your RYA/MCA Yachtmaster course in Southampton, please view our course dates and book online via the button below, email or call us on 02381 242159.

If you have any questions on any part of the Yachtmaster certification or would like to know if this course is right for you, please do not hesitate to call us.

Ocean Sports Tuition also offers a range of online and face-to-face theory courses, as well as a variety of practical Solent boat training courses at our RYA approved training centre in Southampton. Call us on 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk to register your interest.



  • Please check your eligibility to be issued with an ICC.
  • Group discounts: applies when one booking one payment is taken.
  • Group discounts do not apply during extra peak season – i.e., Bank Holiday weekends.