RYA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Examination is, for many boaters, the ultimate qualification when working commercially. For a leisure boater it may simply be a confirmation of the level that you have attained in your boating. Passing the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence means that you are considered competent, ‘to skipper a motor cruiser on any passage during which the boat is no more than 150 miles from a safe haven.’


The exam will last approximately 8 to 12 hours for one candidate and 5 - 9 hours per candidate where two or more are being examined.

Exam fee is £224

This is the exam which will allow you to complete your Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and work commercially under MGN 280 up to 150nm from a safe haven. 

Dates can be arranged to coincide with the completion of your Yachtmaster Prep Course. 


Seatime –

  • 50 days
  • 5 days as skipper
  • 2500 miles, at least 5 passages over 60 miles, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two of which have involved overnight passages
  • At least half the qualifying seatime must have been accrued in tidal waters.
  • Knowledge to Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased level.

Certificates – 

  • A valid First Aid Certificate
  • A VHF License.

Minimum Age – 

  • 18