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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re looking to do both Yachtmaster Theory and Practical, why not take a look at our Two-Week Packages?