Considered by many as the pinnacle of RYA sailing qualifications, this advanced level course is recognised and respected Worldwide.
FACT - most professional Superyacht Skippers and First Mates hold the Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean qualifications. Testament to the high regard in which this Certificate of Competence is viewed within the Yachting Industry.
The Yachtmaster assessment is conducted by an independent RYA/MCA Examiner following a week of intensive sail training more commonly referred to as Yachtmaster prep weeks, during which time we polish your sailing skills and attempt to iron out any naughty sailing habits that you may have picked up whilst expanding on previous knowledge.
One of the really great things about the RYA sail training scheme is the progressive and natural development of sailing skills. Put simply, just because you are about to sit your Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore Examination you are still drawing on the key skills and best practices taught during the RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses.
Due to the nature of the assessment, students should fully revise the Coastal /Yachtmaster theory syllabus and ensure that their knowledge of the collision regulations (IRPCS) is second to none as there will be little time to learn these throughout the week.
All candidates must hold a current VHF radio licence and First Aid certificate, this must be presented on the big day along with the RYA Examination fee (check for current fee) and passport sized photograph.
We will do everything we can to prepare you for the assessment and it is not our intention to put your forward if your skill level is not quite there yet! To do so would be counter productive as you probably just need a little extra time before you taste success. We will discuss the best way forward and come up with an action plan that's right for you.
To reach this level is not easy and there are no guaranteed passes - these qualifications must be earned, making it much sweeter when awarded.
Short on miles or experience then why not enquire about our complete Yachtmaster courses or as its more commonly known in the Industry Fastrack Sailing Courses. From our sailing school in Spain we offer bespoke training packages along with mile-building and delivery opportunities. So whether you need to gain additional miles, to brush up your sailing theory or simply wish to receive quality RYA training in Spain and Portugal then look no further.
There are 2 Yachtmaster options, Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore
Yachtmaster Coastal is the new name for the RYA/DoT Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence and is considered the minimum accepted qualification for professional Skippers looking to work in the Yachting Industry.
This intermediate to higher level examination requires more experience than the Coastal Skipper practical course for which you only need 400 nautical miles. However, it remains a natural follow on from the RYA Day Skipper course and is particularly suited to Charter/Delivery Skippers or First Mates aboard larger vessels undertaking Coastal navigation by day or night, who have gained more experience and perhaps already used to fully managing the vessel on longer trips.
Yachtmaster Offshore is the advanced/higher level qualification required to Skipper a vessel upto 120 miles from a safe haven.
Considerable experience (minimum 2500 nautical miles) including several passages of 60 miles or greater are required, along with the ability to handle the yacht under power and sail in close quarter situations in all states of tide and weather.
When things are not going according to plan, you should be able to think on you feet and overcome the situation, better still drawing on experience you will have avoided the situation in the first place!
With the exception of Celestial navigation - Yachtmaster Offshore suggests sufficient knowledge to Skipper a yacht on longer crossings, giving the freedom to explore new and exciting cruising grounds.
Whichever option you choose, the yacht will naturally be available for the exam with crew. Still not sure which sailing course is for you, then check out our course advisor notes.
If you are already a Boat Owner it may be possible to arrange for the Yachtmaster Examinination to be taken aboard your own vessel, however please note that all Exams must be arranged through an approved RYA sailing school and are subject to certain conditions.
Interested in gaining the most respected and desired sailing qualification in the world. Contact us to book your place or request more information.