Yachtmaster Conversions: from sail to motor and from motor to sail
Yachtmaster Conversions Training Course
If you have either a Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence you may consider taking a conversion exam to obtain the equivalent certificate of competence in the other discipline. There are two disciplines at this level: sail and motor.
You can convert from Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore sail to motor, or from Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore motor to sail.
What do you need to do the Yachtmaster Conversion course?
If you have either a Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence you may consider taking a conversion exam to obtain the equivalent certificate in the other discipline. There are two disciplines at this level: sail and motor.
The RYA requires a certain amount of experience prior to taking the exam. Mileage shown below must have been gained in the type of yacht you are ‘converting’ to e.g. you must present miles for your Motor to Sail conversion exam that have been completed on sailing yachts and vice versa.
Yachtmaster Coastal Conversion Exam (Minimum Sea-time):
A minimum of 400 miles, with 12 days living on board, two days as skipper and 12 night hours.
Yachtmaster Offshore Conversion Exam (Minimum Sea-time):
A minimum of 1,250 miles, with 25 days living on board, three days as skipper and three passages over 60 miles including one overnight and one as skipper.
Qualifying sea time must be within ten years prior to the exam and half of that must have been conducted in tidal waters.
What level of knowledge do you need?
As a holder of the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence you are expected to have theory knowledge to the level of Yachtmaster Shorebased.
If a lot of time has passed since you achieved your first Yachtmaster, we would recommend considering joining in on some theory classes, if this is something you’re interested in please contact Aigua HQ.
What does the course/exam consist of?
- Duration: At Aigua we can be flexible with the amount of training you, and we, feel you require. We recommend at least three days of practical training to ensure that you are familiar with the training vessel on the exam and your fellow crew (as conversion candidates tend to be assessed alongside full Coastal or Offshore candidates).
- Location: Training takes place at our base in Mallorca.
- What’s included, what’s not: When joining us for at least three days of training, the course fee covers: RYA Approved training vessel during training and exam time onboard, fuel used during training and the exam, Examiner’s expenses are included free of charge. The RYA Exam Fee is to be paid directly to the RYA via your exam application form (£118 for 2019).
If less than three days of training are booked there may be a charge for the exam day onboard, speak to Aigua HQ if you would like to discuss how many days you’ll need.
Conversion assessments can take half a day depending on the calibre of the candidate. An independent Yachtmaster examiner can ask questions or set tasks on any part of the syllabus but will concentrate on those sections which are markedly different.
Sail to Motor
For sail to motor conversions there will be more emphasis on high speed navigation, radar, engine knowledge and boat handling.
Motor to Sail
During conversions from motor to sail, the emphasis will be on sail trim and handling and perhaps man overboard drills without using the engine.
The exam for converting from motor to sail usually takes slightly longer.
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Great school, courses and facilities offered with instructors who are passionate about what they are teaching and students’ learning and career progression. The extra knowledge, time and guidance that Linda gives students, particularly through her Navigation workshops is so valuable. It is no wonder why Aigua Sea School is the go to choice for Yachtmasters…
From an instructor’s point of view, Aigua offers unparalleled facilities but, more importantly, a very good support system which means we can offer great service to the students. When you couple that with their diligence and integrity you can be sure of being in safe hands.
Thanks for everything during the two weeks I spent with you guys. It was a lot of information to take on and was a great feeling to complete the course on Sunday afternoon. I felt well prepared for the exam and found it to be a straight forward process. The examiner was great.
Just finished a week of Yachtmaster Ocean Theory with Simon Bradshaw at Aigua, and yet again, Aigua has not failed to deliver on top quality tuition, support and smiles throughout the whole week! Fantastic school and I could not recommend them enough!