Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications:
The RYA Yachtmaster offshore is the premium international yachting qualification. It is the entry requirement for working in the yachting industry. RYA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence are well known qualifications that are highly respected worldwide in the professional yachting industry because of the high standards.
The yachtmaster program course leads to a professional qualification and commercial endorsement to work on yachts up to 24m or 200GT with 12 passengers and 150 miles form the coast. The superyacht sector requires the qualification for vessel manning and management.
We have a high reputation for our commitment. We go the extra mile to help our students achieve results. Before we accept your booking, we have a discussion with you to allow us to understand your capabilities and experience. This allows us to set you an action plan to help you achieve the best chance of success.
Pre-requesites for this course:
Documented minimum sea time completed on a sailing yacht in the last 10 years:
– Have sailed a minimum 50 days at sea as a skipper.
– Have sailed a minimum of 2500 nautical miles, half of them in tidal waters.
– Have a minimum level of theory of Yachtmaster completed.
– VHF GMDSS certificate.
– Valid First AID certificate (STCW or RYA).
Yachtmaster Offshore Course structure
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore practical examination will test not only your boat handling skills but also your theory level and all aspects of the RYA syllabus as well as your ability to manage your crew and your yacht.
The RYA Yachtmaster course commences with a 6–7 days theory which includes 3 theory examinations.
Followed by 5 days of practical preparation where you can brush up on any skills and practice implementing the theory in a practical application. This will include all the practical skills you need to show in your exam including night exercises on navigation, man overboard drills and single engines skills. This time is not about teaching new skipper skills but polishing ability.
Unlike other RYA qualifications, Certificates of Competence are not issued following a formal training course but are achieved by successfully completing an exam testing your skill, knowledge and experience.
There is a two-day practical exam with an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner who will examine and test your theory and practical skill. The examiner can ask you questions on any part of the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus and is likely to see any weaknesses you have. The better prepared you are the better chance of a successful outcome.
To become a Yachtmaster, we expect your yacht handling skills to be very competent and we use the practical training to coach you on how to implement your theoretical knowledge and brush up on any areas of weakness. Most of the 12-day training is spent on theory and implementation of theory in a practical application. You can expect to be required to study during the evenings to help you get the most out of this course.