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 runs from Monday morning to Thursday evening . We spend 4 days preparing and practising, 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:

2020 dates:

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4 days + 1 or 2 days for exam.

Our Boat - £550pp
Own Boat - £1250 (see notes below)
Our boat Private Course- £1850 (see notes below)


  • 5 days use of Sequel, our Beneteau 393
  • Diesel and berthing fees
  • Maximum 5 students
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and some evening meals onboard
  • All bedding (inc. duvet)
  • Use of a lifejacket for the course
  • Use of wet weather gear during the course.

What to bring:

  • 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

Own Boat Course:

  • This course can be conducted on your own boat, providing it is suitable for training. The cost above is a effectively a hire an instructor cost and the cost stays the same whether there are 1 of you or 4. The only additional costs from us would be travel costs to get to your location and the cost of certificates.
  • During the course, you are responsible for the running costs of the boat such as fuel, berthing and food.

Private course on our boat:

  • For a minimum of 1 student and a maximum of 4, you can hire our boat for a private course. The price includes all associated costs.

We strongly recommend having completed the First Aid and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory courses first.

To be eligble for the Yachtmaster Coastal practical exam, candidates must be:

  • 17 or over and require;
  • A VHF SRC certificate or higher
  • A valid First Aid certificate
  • Seatime – 30 days, 800 miles, 12 night hours

To be eligble for the Yachtmaster Offshore practical exam, candidates must be

  • 18 or over and require;
  • AVHF SRC certificate or higher
  • A valid First Aid certificate
  • Seatime – 50 days, 2500 miles, including at least 5 passages over 60NM (2 of which are as skipper and 2 at night). At least half the qualifying seatime must have been accrued in tidal waters


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