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Recommended Reading: RYA Yachtmaster Handbook Sail (G70), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster scheme and syllabus (G158)
Course Prerequisites: 50 days at sea, 5 days as skipper (Not on a course), 2500miles sailing, 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as Skipper
VHF Operators certificate
First Aid Certificate
Minimum Age: 18+
Holiday Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.
This course can only be run over 7 consecutive days due to the sea-miles you will be covering and the timing of the sailing you will be doing with the exam at the end (Exam fee not included). This course will only have RYA Yachtmaster Preparation students onboard.
The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course is designed for anyone who has successfully completed the RYA Day/Coastal Skipper course and wants to take their sailing to the next level with a professional qualification.
You will need to have completed the Yachtmaster Theory course or have knowledge of navigation theory to this level before taking the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course as there is insufficient time to teach you the theory during the week.
The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course aims to refine your existing skills and abilities as a Skipper and Yachtsman. The five days of the course will be used to first assess and then polish your skills to perfection in order to help you achieve your goal.
We will do a quick assessment on your Skippering and navigational techniques, including close quarter sailing skills, man overboard recovery, pilotage, passage planning and much more, to give your trainer the best idea and pathway to achieve your goals.
During the five days of preparation you will be fully debriefed every day and sometimes after each individual exercise as needed. You will be given details of areas you need to work on to guide you through to the best possible outcome.
With practice and thorough preparation, you should be able to relax sufficiently to let your skills shine through any exam nerves. Remember that the more practice you do, the better you become at something and the higher the chance of success. Practice makes perfect!
To give you the best chance of passing, the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course is over five days, with a break on the fifth evening to give you some needed rest time before your exam which begins on the sixth day of the week.
This gives you the best opportunity to ensure you are fully refreshed and motivated in order to pass the exam.
On this course you will be heavily tested and pushed by our Instructor. Brushing up on your theory beforehand and self-testing really helps prepare you for the exam.
You will need to make sure your theory knowledge is up to scratch.
Courses run in a single format:
The course includes accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts with breakfast, lunch and snacks and four evening meals onboard with the remaining evening meal taken ashore at the students cost. We also include all fuel, mooring fees and safety kit such as lifejackets and waterproofs. Every student has their own bed on board for the duration of the course.
We also offer the additional benefit that any students travelling from further afield can arrive the evening before the course starts and have free accommodation on board the boat, so you are refreshed and ready for the start of your course the next day! Students wishing to utilise this benefit will need to provide their own food for that particular evening however. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this, so we can ensure we reserve a bed for you.
Fancy going VIP and having your own exclusive private course for you and your friends or family? You can book the whole yacht just for your own exclusive course from only £695 per person.
Enjoy the course in style, with up to five persons on the boat being taught by one of our friendly, experienced Yachtmaster Instructors! What a way to continue your sailing adventure!
This course steps things up even further and ends with you gaining a Professional qualification!
The skills below are the ones you will need to be good at before you attend a Yachtmaster Preparation Course:
Execute MOB under sail & motor
Pick up a mooring buoy under sail in various conditions of wind and tide, as well as under power.
Leave a mooring buoy under sail in various conditions of wind and tide
Droping the anchor under sail or power in various conditions of wind and tide
Weigh the anchor under sail in various conditions of wind and tide
Reef sails under sail
Handle a boat in confined areas under sail and power
Berthing under power or sail in various conditions, and leaving the berths.
You’ll be in safe hands throughout the course with one of our Yachtmaster Instructors on hand to ensure you get the best out of your five days with us. So what are you waiting for?