RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Prep

There is no fixed syllabus for this course. We work on areas in which you need practice and that the examiners tend to look at during the exam. We go through usual preparation subjects such as radar, boat handling, day and night pilotage, passage making, meteorology, IRPCS, engines, emergencies and using tides.

Course Structure:

The Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore Prep course normally runs over 4 days . We spend the days preparing and practising exam theory and skills, before the examiner joins us on the Friday morning for 1 or 2 days of exams (2 candidates per day).

Day 1 is spent getting used to the boat, including boat handling, seamanships skills and anchoring. Days 2 and 3 are spent practising navigation exercises around the Clyde and includes two night exercises using much the same routes that the examiner will use. Day 4 is spent consolidating everything learnt, including theory and ends back at Rhu that evening.

As part of your exam, you will be asked to produce a longer distance passage plan, which your examiner will expect you to explain. Time during the course will be spent on this but some own time study is needed.

Course dates:
  • 26th – 29th February 2019 – FULL
  • 25th – 28th March 2019
  • 23rd – 26th April 2019
  • 26th – 29th August 2019
  • 23rd – 26th September 2019
  • 21st – 24th October 2019
  • 11th – 14th November 2019
  • 9th – 12th December 2019

4 days + 1 to 2 days for the exam.

£1100 + exam fee

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (£189)
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (£220)

Minimum age: 17.

What to bring:

  • Cash for evening meals
  • All the usual skippering equipment (pencils, erasers, notepads etc)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Wet weather gear (contact us if you haven’t got any)
  • Light wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Clothes for the duration of the course
  • Any medication
  • Passport photo
  • Phone charger
  • Copy of Certificates/Logbook.

Please see our Certificates of Competence page for details of the pre-requisites –  Certificates of Competence