Yachtmaster Sail Practical Preparation Course & Exam £999

RYA Yachtmaster Preparation Course & Exam 2021

The MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence is a well known and highly respected qualification worldwide. It is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. The certificates of competence come at two levels both of which can be commercially endorsed. 

Yachtmaster™ Coastal is aimed at those who don’t necessarily have the experience of longer offshore passages but wish to skipper coastal passages up to 60 miles from a safe haven. 

Yachtmaster™Offshore is aimed at those who wish to skipper extended offshore passages going up to 150 miles from a safe haven. This is the level of certification required if you are considering progressing into the MCA Merchant Scheme or RYA Instructor Scheme. 

Both certificates require you to demonstrate a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. The offshore certificate requires the candidate to handle more demanding situations and demonstrate a higher level of skill. 
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About Our Yachtmaster Offshore & Coastal Prep Course

Our RYA Yachtmaster exam preparation course is for both levels and run by a Yachtmaster Instructor. This will be followed by the examination itself with an external examiner. This is an advanced course so we do not mix with our other courses.  

Format : 5 day prep course for up to 4 candidates plus 2 day examination. Each candidate crews for the other candidates during the exam

Cost per person £999.

The examination fee of £220 is paid directly to the RYA and is not included in our course fee.

Early in the course your instructor will assess your strengths and weakness to establish where coaching is required. For students who are unsure which level to pitch themselves at the instructor can use this time to make a recommendation. Long passages will not be made during the course. The time will be spent coaching you in passage planning and pilotage by day and night, close quarters handling/mooring/anchoring under engine and sail, skippering techniques, man overboard recovery, navigation in restricted visibility and Collision regulations. Full details of this can be found in the RYA G158 Yachtmaster™ Scheme Syllabus and Logbook. 

It is essential candidates have the right level of experience. These are coaching courses designed to refine the skills you already have.
We strongly recommend candidates hold both the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory certificate and RYA Coastal Skipper Practical certificate. 

About The Yachtmaster Exam

We have maintained a pass rate of over 90% for these prestigious exams. We understand that exams are stressful and we like to reduce as much pressure as possible. We learnt a long time ago that there is no point in someone going for an exam they are not ready for. For that reason, we have tried to take away a financial pressure. If you get part way through the preparation week and you and your instructor do not feel that you are ready for the exam, we are happy to hold the weekend credit for you for up to six months. This does not mean we will provide a second free preparation week, but it does mean you will not have to pay again for the yacht charter, food and diesel components of the exam and so on. Once you are ready, you can re-book either a whole preparation week or just the exam weekend for free. 

Yachtmaster Prep Course Prerequisites:


Radio Operators Certificate - GMDSS SRC or higher 
Valid First Aid Certificate. 
Knowledge to the level of RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory. ( Certificate preferred )

Seatime For RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

Candidates must be 17 or over 800 miles in the last 10 years of which at least 50% is logged in tidal waters, at least 50% on board vessels between 7 LWL and 24m LOA.
Minimum of 30 days living on board, 2 days as skipper and 12 night hours.
Holders of the Coastal Skipper Course completion certificate have reduced seatime being 400 miles in the last 10 years of which at least 50% is logged in tidal waters, at least 50% on board vessels between 7 LWL and 24m LOA.
Minimum of 20 days living on board, 2 days as skipper and 12 night hours 

SeatimeFor RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

Minimum 50 days on board covering 2,500 miles within 10 years including at least 5 passages over 60 miles with a minimum of 2 of these passages as skipper. At least 2 of these passages including an overnight of which at least 50% is logged in tidal waters at least 50% on board vessels between 7 LWL and 24m LOA.

We strongly suggest that candidates should hold both the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical & RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory qualifications.

What`s Included In Our RYA Yachtmaster Prep Course

    Use of our Bavaria 38 yacht for 7 days or 4 days on bespoke courses.
    RYA Yachtmaster instructor for prep course 5 days or 3 days on bespoke courses.
    Breakfast, lunch and 3 evening meals ( other evening meals are taken ashore at students cost ).
    All berthing, fuel and yacht associated fees.
    Courses run monthly during Spring, Autumn and Winter months.
    Check our live calendar for dates and booking.