Yachtmaster Course – Duration: 5 days preparation, 2 Days exam

The Yachtmaster course qualifications are internationally recognised and respected throughout the yachting world. They remain an excellent test of our ability to skipper a vessel in a safe, knowledgeable and efficient manner. From a commercial viewpoint these exams are mandatory for anyone wishing to take charge of a vessel and be responsible for others at sea. From a personal view these exams offer a serious challenge and are a true test of your competence at sea.

Yachtmaster Course – Coastal – Pre-course Requirement

The minimum pre-course experience required:

  • 30 days aboard
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 800 logged nautical miles
  • 12 night hours
  • VHF radio operators certificate
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • Logged sea miles within 10 years of exam, 50% of which in tidal waters

(Holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Ticket can commence with 20 days at sea, 2 days as skipper, 400M and 12 night hours)

Yachtmaster Course – Offshore – Pre-course Requirement

The minimum pre-course experience required:

  • 50 days aboard, 5 days as skipper
  • 2500 logged nautical miles.
  • 5 passages over 60 miles, including 2 as skipper and 2 overnight
  • VHF radio operators certificate
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • Logged sea miles within 10 years of exam, 50% of which in tidal waters

Yachtmaster Course Coastal/Offshore – 5 day preparation

Onboard, emphasis will be on polishing up; close quarter sailing, boat handling skills, efficient sailing, skippering ability, passage planning, chart work and navigation. We will assess your areas for development and concentrate on a thorough airing of all exam requirements. The week is fairly intensive, with your instructor testing your depth of knowledge and asking for demonstrations of sound seamanship. The 5 day course is designed to hone in on and polish candidate’s knowledge, skill and competencies, we do not expect to deliver new skill training during the preparation week. Candidates should bring their personal log books detailing the required experience.

Yachtmaster Course Coastal/Offshore – The exam

Candidates will be given the opportunity, over the two days, to demonstrate knowledge or competence in many areas of the exam syllabus.

  1. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  2. Safety
  3. Boat Handling
  4. General seamanship, including maintenance
  5. Responsibilities of skipper
  6. Navigation
  7. Meteorology
  8. Signals

In each section the examiner will expect to see the candidate take full responsibility for the management of the yacht and crew.