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RYA Yachtmaster™ Theory

Price: from £425 (Finance now available)

Location: Starts from our base at Premier Gosport Marina

Duration: 5 days

The RYA Yachtmaster™ Theory Course brings students with at least the RYA Day Skipper / Coastal Skipper qualification and a sound level of sailing experience, up to Yachtmaster™ level (Theory only).

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

Course Prerequisites: 30 days on board, at least 2 days acting as skipper, 12 night hours, 800 miles (50% tidal), If you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam. RYA VHF Licence and in date First Aid certificate

Minimum Age: 17+

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.

We have a maximum of 6 students on this course ensuring that each student gets the maximum possible attention from the instructor.

Small class sizes allow each student to work at their own pace, ask questions and gain the greatest possible benefit from taking this theory course.

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Who is the course for:

The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is designed for advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course.

The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. Its advised you have theory to the level of day skipper theory before attempting this course

What we cover on the course:

The RYA Yachtmaster™ Theory course will take your knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As a broad stroke of topics on your RYA Yachtmaster Theory course, you will be looking at and covering are:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad.

The idea of the course is to advance your knowledge in navigation and also add to your navigation tool kit.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a choice of two formats:

  • 6 days continuously
  • 3 weekends sequentially

The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course includes free overnight accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts, and free tea and coffee, although no meals are included in the course cost (Free accommodation is during low season only and subject to yacht availability – Please check with us beforehand).

All meals are at the students own cost and are taken at any of the great local establishments in Gosport, or a short ferry hop across the harbour to Portsmouth.

Please note that during high season accommodation on-board cannot be guaranteed, so please ensure if you need to take advantage of this benefit you inform us of your requirements well in advance. Should we have no free boats available, you will need to arrange overnight accommodation at your own cost.

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 £395 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 start your sailing adventure!

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the RYA Yachtmaster™ Theory:

The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is a very full-on course. It will test you to your limits. It will even make your instructor scratch their head now and then (we are all only human!).

It is really well advised to make sure you are fully focused on the Yachtmaster Theory course. There is a lot to cover in the course, always ask questions if you do not unerstand, as your instructor is there to help.

A few things from me – The course is not a 9-5 course. It can be longer depending on the pace of the students and questions asked.

It is a lot about understanding and having the knowledge brought forward into the front of your thinking. The course can be amazing fun and will bring some really useful navigation techniques for longer routes.

There are so many usefull techniques to learn in navigation that are interesting for longer routes and more unusual passage plans.

My advice for the course is keep a sharp pencil, and ask lots of questions. If you do not understand then ask the instructor as we are here to pass on our knowledge to you.

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