Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the RYA Day Skipper course.
This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.
This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.
As with the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course, the RYA's specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.
Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.
The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. Intensive week-long course.
To get the most out of doing a Navigation course like this it is best to follow it up with either a practical Sail or Power Cruising course. Also having VHF Short Range Radio, First Aid, Diesel engine or Sea Survival done can be beneficial as you can develop these skill in parallel with your other Skipper Skills.
The courses are designed to help learn the skills of navigation, pilotage, passage planning and meteorology. They are great as stand alone courses, but also complement our various practical courses.
Whether you are a sailor or drive a power boat, our shorebased courses equip would-be and experienced skippers with enough knowledge, at least in theory, to go afloat and take charge. The next logical step is to attend one of our practical courses.
Bow Waves provide a unique pack with tools, books and information most others don't provide.
It is recomended that the Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation is completed before the exam as this gives the candidate a higher chance of success.
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Syllabus - Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Syllabi (RYA MCA) - Candidates may be given the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge or competence in the areas listed below
In each section the examiner will expect to see the candidate take full responsibility for the management of the yacht and crew. In RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exams the candidate will be expected to demonstrate competence based on broad experience.
Questions will be confirmed to the International Regulations and although Yachtmaster candidates must be aware of the existence of Local Regulations they will not be expected to memorise specific local regulations:
Yachtmaster Candidates will be expected to know what safety equipment should be carried on board a Motorboat, based either on the recommendations in RYA booklet C8, the Special Regulations of the ORC or the Codes of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Vessels. In particular, candidates must know the responsibilities of a skipper in relation to: