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Career Oriented RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Courses 

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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology. It provides the theory base needed for candidates for the Yachtmaster Coastal practical course and the Yachtmaster Offshore exam.

The course covers advanced topics like vessel stability and AIS systems in addition to helping students to develop more accurate and precise plotting skills. This level of course is essential for students wishing to make a career in the commercial world of the professional seaman or woman. Those already in the professional sailing world seeking to move on to achieve senior officer appointments


The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore qualification is now widely accepted as part of the studies required for more advanced professional qualifications such as Officer of the Watch (OOW) and Master 200 and is seen as indicative of a very high standard of seamanship. 

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Yachtmaster Training




The Yachtmaster course is suitable for those with a range of sailing experience, from limited to experienced, for both leisure and commercial mariners, and covers the theory required for Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore certificates. Candidates should normally have completed a Day Skipper Theory course, or be at that level of knowledge.

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Yachtmaster Course Content

  • Latitude and Longitude
  • The Magnetic Compass
  • Position
  • Tides
  • Tidal Streams
  • Buoyage
  • Lights
  • Pilotage
  • GPS & Electronic Aids to Navigation
  • Echo Sounders
  • Logs (Speed and Distance)
  • Deck Log
  • Meteorology
  • Rule of the Road
  • Safety at Sea
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Marine Environment
  • Anchoring