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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 RYA training centre. It focuses on taking our existing passion and capabilities and combining them in a complete package for our clients.

This comprehensive service is well suited to experienced deck hands and individuals that have the current mileage requirement, but possibly haven't ever done any formal training or very little formal training. This is a flexible course where you choose which elements are best for you by attending the relevant sections.

The Acedemy 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.

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 elevate your career in the motor cruising / superyacht industry.

What Will I Learn?

The Yachtmaster Academy includes the following courses:

  • RYA Day Skipper theory - online option 
  • RYA Diesel engine course
  • RYA Radar course
  • 3 day practical pilotage and passage course
  • 6 day RYA Yachtmaster theory course
  • 5 day RYA Coastal Skipper week - this is an option for students that require some of their skippers passages. 
  • 4 day RYA MCA Yachtmaster  prep plus 2 day exam

The Yachtmaster Academy can be flexible to suit your needs. If you have your required skippers passages for example, you won't need to complete the 5 day RYA Coastal Skipper week.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Course
What is the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course 2

Do I Need Previous Experience?

Yes. The Yachtmaster Academy isn't for beginners, and is only suitable for current deckhands with the required miles.

You will need to come with at least 2500nm, you will undertake some of required skippered passages throughout the training programme. 

What is Included?

When you book onto this 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
  • On site parking available 
  • Free refreshments including tea and coffee

RYA Yachtmaster Course Price

The cost of the Yachtmaster Academy course is £4,956 per person.

Ocean Sports Powerboat

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.

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.