RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation Course

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Preparation course for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence

Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation is an advanced course that can lead to a professional qualification. The preparation course follows the Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Exam Syllabus. You should have Yachtmaster Theory or knowledge to that level and sailing skills to Yachtmaster Coastal standard.

During the Yachtmaster Offshore course the instructor will take you through the Yachtmaster exam syllabus including advanced skippering techniques, close quarters handling under power and sail, navigation and pilotage by day and night, man overboard recovery and overall yacht management skills. At this advanced level we do not expect to teach these skills. The course will take place in Mid-Norway and surrounding waters. It is unlikely that a long passage will be undertaken during the course as this is a course where emphasis is on honing skills gained through the recommended mileage and experience prior to this preparation course. It is recommended that you take the Yachtmaster Coastal course as preparation for the Yachtmaster Offshore. You may also find it useful to join one of our Milebuilding Weekends or longer Milebuilding Trips in order to gain experience, mileage and undertake skippered passages.

Pre-exam requirements for Yachtmaster Offshore

  • 18 or over
  • 50 days seatime 
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 2500 miles, including at least 5 passages over 60 miles acting as skipper for at least 2 of these passages and including 2 which have involved overnight passages. Half the qualifying seatime must be in tidal waters and on a vessel under 24 meters.
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
  • 5 days experience as skipper
  • Yachtmaster Theory Certificate or navigation to the standard of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course
  • VHF Licence
  • First Aid Certificate 

What is included:

  • Instruction by senior RYA Instructor
  • Accommodation on board your yacht
  • Meals eaten on board (excluding joining night)
  • Berthing Fees 
  • Use of foul weather gear
  • Use of a life jacket and all safety equipment
  • Modern marina facilities at base within easy walking distance of public transport


Exam  You need to allow up to 48 hours for the exam.

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