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Order of practical courses.
This course is for those who would like to become
active crew member experiencing living on board.
The course is very
much hands on.
By the end of the course you should be able to tie a
vessel up, steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist
in all the day to day duties on board.
Minimum age None
content Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and
sails, sail handling, rope work, fire precautions and fighting, personal
safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology,
seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of
the road and dinghies.
Learn to skipper a short passage with the
instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your
safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well
and being responsible when it doesn't.
Pre-course experience 5
days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht
knowledge Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended you
attend the Day Skipper shorebased or online theory course beforehand.
Minimum duration 5 days, 3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days
Minimum age 16
Course content. Preparation for sea, deck work,
navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and
repair work, engines, victualing, emergency situations, yacht handling
Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and
women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to
undertake coastal passages by day and night.
The course consists
of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will
skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning,
pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency
It is a satisfying but intensive week, with
candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.
Most centres will expect you to complete the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaste
Offshore shorebased or online course beforehand as there is insufficient
time to teach you theory during the week.
should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and
handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course
you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a
Pre-course experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300
miles, 8 night hours
Assumed knowledge Boat handling to the standard
of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™
Minimum duration 5 days
Minimum age 17
content Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage, Passage making
and ability as skipper, Yacht handling under power, Yacht handling under
sail, Adverse weather conditions, Emergency situations
the course Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.
An RYA Yachtmaste Certificate of Competence is
often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly
respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and
competence as a skipper.
Unlike other courses in the cruising
programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a
Yachtmaster. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and
seatime, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills
Many Yachtmaster candidates choose to book
themselves into an RYA training centre for some tailor-made tuition to
prepare them for the exam, but this is not compulsory. However, chose
your center carefully, get independent advice on the age and type of
yachts they use and if you are guaranteed a fully qualified instructor
for your tuition.
Once you have achieved your Yachtmaster Offshore
certificate you can go for your Ocean Yachtmaster certificate.
You will need to do your Celestial navigation in
a classroom or online.
Then you need a qualifying passage which should
be a minimum of 600 miles with 300 of them over 50 miles offshore.
During this passage you should take your sights
but these can be taken separately on a shorter passage if you have
already completed a qualifying passage.
Next you will need to book an oral exam with an
RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Examiner. During this interview you will be
checked for you theory and generally about ocean passage making. You
will also be asked to explain your sight reductions.