The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence is a highly regarded worldwide qualification proving the experience and competence of a skipper. Sufficient experience and sea time form the eligibility criteria for taking the Yachtmaster exam. The Yachtmaster offshore sail exam preparation week provides five days practical boat handling and revision of the theory with all aspects of the examination organised.
This is an intensive course which will challenge you by sailing onto and off marina pontoons and mooring buoys, sail trim for simulated engine and steering failures, man overboard, blind navigation, mooring up in tight spots and anchoring under sail.
- Age: 18 years
- Completed Yachtmaster Theory Course
- A minimum of 50 days at sea
- A minimum of 2,500 logged miles
- At least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination
- At least 5 days experience as a skipper (acting as skipper for at least 2 of these passages, including 2 as overnight passages
- Note: at least half the mileage and passages must be in tidal waters and all qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
- Seaman’s Guide to the Rule of the Road by JWW Ford, Yachtmaster for Sail and Power by Alison Noice
BRING WITH YOU ON THE DAY
- Protective clothing and equipment (sunscreen), Life jackets will be provided but feel free to bring your own
- Duration: five days (there will be at least one night exercise during the course), Course start and finish time: 09.30 to variable
- The Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence is awarded on successful completion of practical exam
- Commercial Endorsement of Yachtmaster license will require the following: VHF SRC, Medical ML5/ENG1, PPR Pass Certificate, Basic Sea Survival Certificate, First Aid Certificate
RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMPLIMENT THE YACHTMASTER QUALIFICATION
- Please contact us with the dates you would like to do this course and we will try to arrange this for you.
Holders of the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore sail Certificate of Competence may take a practical conversion exam to obtain the equivalent power certificate of competence. Candidates may also convert from power to sail. The same rules apply whether you are converting from sail to power, or from power to sail, but the practical exam for converting from power to sail may take slightly longer.
The practical exam will take about three hours. The examiner may ask questions or set tasks on any part of the syllabus but will concentrate on those sections which are markedly different in a motor cruiser, eg boat handling, passage planning, radar.
The mileage shown below must be in the type of boat that you are converting to. All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
FOR YACHTMASTER COASTAL CONVERSION EXAMS
- Minimum of 400 miles, 12 days living on board, 2 days as skipper, 12 night hours
FOR YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE CONVERSION EXAMS
- Minimum of 1250 miles, 25 days living on board, 3 days as skipper, 3 passages over 60 miles including 1 overnight and 1 as skipper
- Please contact us with the dates you would like to do this course and we will try to arrange this for you