RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Sail Preparation and Exam

The RYA Yachtmaster Sail Certificate of Competence is a highly regarded qualification that is recognised worldwide and can be either coastal or offshore and the RYA Yachtmaster Sail Preparation and Exam week here at Ocean Sports Tuition is a week of intensive revision and instruction followed by the Yachtmaster Exam to allow you to have the highest chances of gaining your qualification. The week is a focused week of skills and drills to go through all of the syllabus of the exam and ensure you are on the top of your game for the exam which starts on the Friday and goes through the weekend depending on the number of students. RYA Yachtmaster Coastal is new pathway Certificate of Competency for an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on yachts less than 3000gt

Do I need previous experience?

Yachtmaster coastal skippers will need:

  • 800 miles
  • 30 days on board
  • 12 night hours
  • Two days as skipper all on vessels under 24m in length

or if you have completed the RYA Coastal skipper course this is reduced too:

  • 400 miles
  • 20 days on board
  • 12 night hours and two days as skipper, all on vessels under 24m in length

or

  • 800 miles
  • 30 days on board
  • 12 night hours on yachts up to 3000gt
  • Two days as skipper on vessels less than 24m.

Yachtmaster offshore candidates will need:

  • Minimum of 50 days at sea
  • Minimum of 2,500 miles logged
  • At least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination
  • At least 5 days experience as a skipper (acting as skipper for at least 2 of these passages including 2 as overnight passages

A minimum of half the mileage and passages must be completed in tidal waters and within 10 years of the exam.

Candidates are only eligible to enter the exam if they hold a valid first aid certificate and GMDSS VHF licence.

What will I learn?

The RYA Yachtmaster offshore preparation and exam week is an intensive, focused week of skills and drills putting everything together. You will practice the finer points of boat handling, planning, navigation and theory, as well as crew management and decision making. Finally, the course culminates with the Yachtmaster Offshore exam.

Course schedule and course costs

The RYA Yachtmaster Sail Practical Preparation and Exam consists of 2 stages:

  • Monday – Friday AM (9.30AM onwards) is the practical exercises, as well as theory sessions, both day and night = £675.00 per person
  • Friday PM onwards is the Yachtmaster Examination = £215 (paid directly to the RYA)

What’s included?

  • Low student instructor ratio
  • All moorings
  • Expert tuition and guidance after the course
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Waterproofs
  • Free parking at Saxon Wharf Marina

Course Location

Unit 6 Saxon Wharf Marina

Lower York Street

Southampton

SO14 5QF

Booking

To book please view our course dates and book online, email us or give us a call on 02381 242159 to discuss your training requirements.