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RYA / YA Yachtmaster Preparation Course - $1695 (5 days) $2350 (7 days) plus exam costs if required

Duration - 5 day prep course (plus YM exam over the following 2 days if required)

Previous experience required -

A minimum of 50 days in total spent on board a sailing yacht at sea, 2500 miles offshore logged in RYA log book (of which 50% must be in tidal waters) including 5 passages of over 60 nautical miles. Two of these passages must be as skipper and 2 on overnight trips. Theoretical knowledge to Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster shorebased or equivalent.

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence is one of the highest and most respected yachting qualifications available and is recognised throughout the world. It is recognition of the holder’s knowledge and experience and can lead to a commercial qualification.

RYA Yachtmaster - Commercial Recognition in Australia

AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) have formally recognised RYA qualifications as acceptable for commercial use in Australian Territorial waters on commercially registered sailing vessels. Holders of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificates of Competence can now act as Master on commercial sailing vessels < 24 meters LOA and up to 100 miles to from the coast or as Mate on commercial sailing vessels less than 35 meters in length.. Holders of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence can act as master on commercial sailing vessels < 12 meters and up to 15 miles from the coast.

This recognition is achieved by AMSA EX18 – Marine Safety (Sail) Exemption 2014.
To meet the criteria a person must -
1. Hold a RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore or Ocean Certificate of Competence
2. Hold an approved first aid certificate
3. Hold a Marine radio licence

4a. Hold an in date RYA or YA sea survival certificate
4b. Have completed the Elements of Ship board safety units or the relevant STCW courses

5. Have completed TDMMR3007B — Operate and carry out basic service checks on small vessel marine propulsion systems or MARC005 — operate inboard and outboard motors or

5a. Have completed the RYA Diesel Engine course and
6a. Have completed the YA power boat handling course
6b. Have completed the RYA Level 2 powerboat handling course.
7. Make a declaration of medical fitness on the approved form

A Yachtmaster Offshore is an experienced yachtsman or woman, capable of skippering a yacht on any offshore or coastal passage anywhere in the world, up to 150 miles offshore. They must have the ability to do this without using electronic navigation equipment and must be capable of entering any port anywhere in the world, given sufficient navigational information and depth of water, for the first time at night.

This Yachtmaster preparation course is designed as a practical refresher course for experienced sailors and will cover all skills likely to be examined. The week will involve intensive boat handling under power and sail, with each student taking turns in being in command of the vessel on short passages by day and night.

Specific intensive exercises are undertaken giving students the opportunity to practice for the exam, exercises such as pilotage and blind navigation, emergency situations, navigating to a position with out electronics, with a student de-brief on each aspect of the course, giving you an honest opinion of your chances at successfully passing the exam.

The course is extremely intensive and aims to give you the best possible preparation to help you pass the Yachtmaster exam. We can also arrange a RYA Yachtmaster Examiner for you to take the Yachtmaster exam onboard our training yacht at the end of the preparation week. Please contact us for current prices.

Accomodation and all meals are included.

Please contact us by email at or call 0412 060 130 for more details.

Click on the following links for more information on the RYA Yachtmaster exams

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal