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The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is for advanced skippers who have a theoretical knowledgepractical ability to at least the RYA Coastal skipper practical level plus have a good knowledge of navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, safety and passage planning up to RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster shore based standard.

The course gives potential candidates the opportunity to thoroughly revise both practical and theoretical subjects. You will spend five days onboard the yacht with one of our fully qualified professional RYA Yachtmaster instructors prior to taking the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore examination.

The successful Yachtmaster Offshore candidate is an experienced yachtsman who has a theoretical knowledge to the level of the RYA Yachtmaster shore based course and will be able to skipper a cruising yacht on passages up to 60 miles from port. The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competency is acknowledged throughout the World as the top sailing qualification.


50 days on board sailing yachts over 24 feet, 5 non-stop passages over 60 Nautical miles (2 of which you must have skippered), 2500 miles, 5 days as skipper and 12 night hours


5 days


You should possess a theoretical knowledge to the level of the RYA Yachtmaster shore based course and hold an in date First Aid certificate (valid for three years from date of issue) and hold a VHF licence or Short Range Certificate – SRC



Please note that exam costs are paid directly to the examiner and are not part of the course fee. Therefore you will only pay for the exam if you are ready to take it. Current fee is £224 for Offshore Yachtmaster, but this does vary. We will advise you of the exact fee at the time of booking.

Course Content

Sailing will be in local waters and the instructor will tailor the course to suit your own needs but from our experience, we would expect this to include: passage planning, pilotage skippering techniques, man-overboard recovery, meteorology, close quarters boat handling and pilotage in restricted visibility.

All of our courses have a maximum number of three candidates on board so as to ensure you receive a high level of support and tuition. Our courses also include moorings, fuel, catering including the first evening plus a loan of wet weather clothing.

Upcoming Courses

Here's a list of the courses we have planned in the diary. Please contact us if you cannot make any of these dates, or if you would like to do the course in your own boat.