Yachtmaster Sail Practical
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 Practical
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.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the sea school office team.
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DAY 1 - DAY 5
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.
DAY 5 - DAY 7
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.
The RYA Yachtmaster Sail Practical training runs from Monday to Friday. 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, but it is important to have a sufficient level of theoretical knowledge if you are only doing the practical training week. 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.