Yachtmaster Sail 2-Week Package
RYA approved training vessel, RYA qualified Yachtmaster Instructor and fuel during the training session. Examiner travel expenses, exam time onboard and fuel is provided free of charge. The only additional cost is the exam fee, which is to be paid directly by candidate to the RYA.
A Yachtmaster candidate is expected to hold the recommended pre-exam experience; to include a minimum of 2,500 sea miles (at least 1,250 from tidal waters and at least 1,250 in vessels less than 24m) with skippering experience as detailed in the RYA guidance notes. Please discuss with the Aigua Sea School office team if you have any queries.
Yachtmaster Sail 2-Week Package
A Yachtmaster™ Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from a safe haven.
The RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.
A candidate must present a GMDSS compliant marine radio licence and a valid First Aid course completion certificate to the examiner at the start of the exam. Aigua Sea School can assist with both items. Please let us know when you book your training with us, so we can make the arrangements for you. The examiner may ask to see proof of sea miles therefore please ensure you have a log book and/or testimonials available.
Please do not hesitate to contact the sea school office team if you have any queries.
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DAY 1 - DAY 5
Theory classes will run approximately 09:00hrs to 18:00hrs
If you are taking the exam on Saturday, allow a full day to ensure you receive the full allocated time for each exam section.
DAY 8 - DAY 12
Practical training will run over five days, approximately 09:00hrs to 18:00hrs but be aware that start times will vary to allow for the night training hours.
EXAM SESSION: DAY 12- DAY 14
To adhere to RYA/MCA guidelines, we allow at least 48-hours for the exam session. Please do not make travel/work arrangements without consulting the school office.
Week 1 – Theory:
The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore navigation theory course is an intensive course with at least 40 hours tuition time plus a 6.5 hour exam session. Our expert instructors will take you through the intensive Yachtmaster Theory program using a mixture of tuition aids, from whiteboard to TV screen and hands-on training aids.
You’ll receive a full theory course pack including:
- Course book
- RYA training charts x 2
- RYA training almanac
- Yachtmaster Shorebased exercise book
- 2B pencil
- Plotter and divder
The invigilation of the shorebased exam takes place on the sixth day (Saturday). The shorebased course certificate can only be awarded upon successful completion of the exam. The shorebased certificate does not need to be presented to the practical Yachtmaster examiner.
Week 2 – Practical:
The RYA Yachtmaster Sail Practical training runs from Monday to Friday of the second week of the package. Night training will take place on one evening during the training week so start times vary to allow for the night training exercises. Some theory sessions will be revised each day onboard. The practical exam will take place over the weekend, please allow 48 hours and contact the Aigua Sea School team before you arrange any return flights.
The practical Yachtmaster exam includes an assessment of:
- Your skippering skills
- Boat handling
- General seamanship
- Safety awareness
- Knowledge of the IRPCS and meteorology
You can download a copy of the full Yachtmaster syllabus for your reference from the ‘Downloads’ area in your account.
Every candidate brings their own experiences and knowledge to the exam preparation courses. It is important to appreciate the high level of commitment required to achieve this highly regarded international certificate of competence. You are encouraged to continue your own studies in addition to classroom hours. The Aigua Sea School team are happy to assist with additional homework and/or advice.
The pre-requisites for the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence can be found on the RYA website.