Yachtmaster Coastal Theory

This is an advanced course in navigational theory, seamanship and weather. It prepares you for the practical assessment at both yachtmaster levels. Students would usually have previously attended a Day Skipper Shorebased Course (or have equivalent knowledge). The instructor will assume you have a reasonable theoretical knowledge of navigation and some experience of putting it into practice. If you have not already, then we recommend you also take the Short Range Certificate.

Yachtmaster Coastal Practical

This course prepares you for the assessment.   Four or five days will be spent with your instructor revising the skills on which you will be tested by the examiner, who joins the boat on day five or six of the course. By now you should be skilled in effective passage planning and making, pilotage both by day and night, yacht handling under sail and power, and coverage of all the “what if” situations you need to be prepared for at sea. The examiner will give each candidate a minimum of eight hours in which to show his skills as a skipper at these advanced levels. Details of the pre-assessment requirements are given in the cruising log book G15. At Coastal level more leeway is given for mistakes than Offshore level. Should you wish to be taught on your own boat, Sticky will be happy to help out provided that there is the correct safety equipment on board.

Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

This is an advanced course in navigational theory, seamanship and weather. It prepares you for the practical assessment at both yachtmaster levels. Students would usually have previously attended a Day Skipper Shorebased Course (or have equivalent knowledge). The instructor will assume you have a reasonable theoretical knowledge of navigation and some experience of putting it into practice. If you have not already, then we recommend you also take the Short Range Certificate.

Yachtmaster Offshore Practical

This course prepares you for the assessment.   Four or five days will be spent with your instructor revising the skills on which you will be tested by the examiner, who joins the boat on day five or six of the course. By now you should be skilled in effective passage planning and making, pilotage both by day and night, yacht handling under sail and power, and coverage of all the “what if” situations you need to be prepared for at sea. The examiner will give each candidate a minimum of eight hours in which to show his skills as a skipper at these advanced levels. Details of the pre-assessment requirements are given in the cruising log book G15. Should you wish to be taught on your own boat, Sticky will be happy to help out provided that there is the correct safety equipment on board.

Yachtmaster Ocean

To gain your Yachtmaster Ocean certificate, you must first take the theory course and pass the exam.  This course covers astro navigation and world wide meteorology.  It assumes a knowledge of all subjects covered in the other RYA theory courses.  The practical involves completing a passage of 600 miles, lasting at least 96 hours in a sailing yacht. 200 miles of this passage must have been at least 50 miles from land. You take your sights, work out your position, and assess deviation on the steering compass. You need to have taken part in the preparation and victualling of the boat, set up and run a watch system and been responsible for the decision making on passage. At the end of the trip, take your log, sight forms and plotting sheets to an assessor who will question you on the detail of the passage.