The Yachtmaster training courses are tailored around your existing skills and experience and are designed to bring both your practical and theoretical knowledge up to the level required to take the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exams. The duration of the training will depend on your current skill level and experience.
For the more experienced skipper we offer the shorter Yachtmaster Prep. course which is designed to sharpen your practical skills and check your theoretical knowledge prior to taking the Yachtmaster exam. During the intensive 5 day 'brushing up' period, your instructor will work extremely hard to help you pass by concentrating on your practical sailing & navigational skills -filling in any gaps and offering continual constructive feedback. This is essentially a practical course, so it’s well worth making sure that your theory knowledge is up to speed before you arrive.
In addition to the Yachtmaster training we run additional boat handling courses as we have found that this is a skill area where students are often particularly weak.
The Yachtmaster exam is conducted by an independent RYA examiner. the exam will take up to 10 hours per candidate. Both the Yachmaster Coastal and Offshore exams follow much the same format, but a Yachtmaster Coastal’s ability isn’t expected to match that of a more experienced Yachtmaster Offshore.
The examiner will look at your overall skippering ability, particularly in boat handling, sailing and pilotage situations by day and night. Therefore, we spend most of the time practicing the manoeuvres that you’re likely to be asked to demonstrate - building up your ability and confidence.
Yachtmaster Exam Requirements
Previous Experience Required: 30 days aboard, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles logged,(within 10 years prior to the exam) 12 night hours (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters and at least half the qualifyinf sea time must be on a vessel between 7m & 24m and ,80gt). VHF operators certificate, valid First Aid certificate. If an RYA Coastal Skipper completion certificate is held only 400 miles required.
Previous Experience Required: 50 days aboard, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles logged, 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters and at least half the qualifying sea time must be on a vessel between 7m & 24m and ,80gt).. VHF radio operators certificate and a valid First Aid Certificate.
For full details of the Yachtmaster requirements go to the RYA web site. Yachtmaster Offsore requirements
It is essential that you have everything in place before the exam. We strongly recommend that you contact us in advance to discuss your certificates, skills and experience. We are more than happy for you to email over your passage log so we can ensure it meets the requirements for the exam.