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Online RYA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory

Price: £245

Location: Course is undertaken online on your home PC

The online RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) Course is an essential must-have for anyone who wants to make working at sea their chosen career. A great add-on to any RYA professional course like Yachtmaster.

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Online RYA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory



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Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

Recommended Reading: RYA Day Skipper Handbook Sail (G71), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster™ scheme and syllabus (G158)

Course Prerequisites: RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence for those intending to ultimately gain the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Certificate of Competence, otherwise a knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore theory level

Minimum Age: 17+

Who is the course for:

This is perfect for those sailors who have completed their RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore and want to explore the world with some blue water sailing experience or major ocean-going passages.

What we cover on the course:

The course does cover all aspects of ocean navigation with particular emphasis on the use of astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology.

The lessons on astro-navigation will unlock the mysteries of the sextant and allow you to confidently take sights at sea to obtain your position and carry out compass checks.

  • The earth and the celestial sphere
  • Practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea
  • Meridian altitudes
  • Sun, star and other sights
  • Ocean passage planning

Another important aspect of ocean sailing is worldwide meteorology, passage planning and communications at sea.

Publications and charts that assist the ocean navigator such as routing charts and other pilot books will be discussed and used.

The course also recognises that there has been a vast improvement in technology available to help with ocean routing and weather prediction.

Time will be spent discussing the various computer programmes, internet sites and satellite/radio broadcasts available to the modern ocean navigator.

Crew management, watch keeping, victualling, water and fuel management and emergency equipment are also covered to give a real all-round course and a vast depth of knowledge.

Upon having successfully passed this theory course you will be ready to put the theory into practice on an ocean voyage and passage.

If you return form your ocean passage and have done the required navigation and sights, you are eligible to sit the ocean master certificate of confidence exam.

This can be arranged through ourselves or direct with the RYA.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a single format:

  • Carried-out online at your convenience.

For some people attending a 6 day RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory course or an evening class over 30 weeks is not an easy option. So why not do it online!

One alternative is to undertake the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory course online in the comfort of your own home in front of your PC.

We have teamed up with Skippers Online to offer easy to follow on-line theory courses with the added advantage that you can submit your answers on-line and find out if your answers are correct with instant feedback as you go.

You will need access to a computer / ipad / smartphone but there is nothing to download, everything is accessible online.

Full tutor support is provided with an experienced RYA instructor. We are so confident that you will find this RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory course Online delivered by Skippers Online both clear and easy to follow that we offering you the chance to attend a FREE RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory course ‘Theory Clinic’ at Gosport Marina if required as many times as you like until you have completed the course.

There are detailed explanations on each subject with interactive graphics which can be clicked through forwards and backwards.

Please note that by completing the booking you are agreeing to the terms and conditions

Packs to Russia must go to a Business address.

All packs must be signed-for so make sure you or someone will be available to accept the package.

Skippers Online will not accept responsibility for Packs sent to Marinas, or C/o addresses. If the pack goes missing after it has been signed for the student will be liable for the cost of the replacement pack.

Postage to some of Europe you will be invoiced for this after your purchase is complete. Charges are £40 for postage. Please ensure there will be someone to sign for your package*

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory Course:

This is one of the coolest things you possibly can do as a Yachtsman.

Being able to use a sextant and navigate with confidence in the middle of the ocean is one of the pinnacles of sailing.

Being out in the middle of the ocean, stood in the cockpit taking sights and then using reduction tables to work out where you are makes some of the most amazing journeys throughout your time as a Yachtsman.

Carrying that wooden box with you onto the vessel as you move towards your passage can be an amazing feeling. With the additions of world meteorology and also ocean passage planning the course really is a good all rounder for those who want to prepare themselves for an ocean voyage of a lifetime.

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Online RYA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Theory



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