An RYA Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.
An RYA YachtmasterTM Coastal Skipper is a world recognised, highly respected qualification,
It is endorsed by both AMSA (in Australia) and the MCA (in the United Kingdom) for commercial use,
Should a candidate wish to use her or his RYA Yachtmaster™ qualification as a commercial ticket, this qualification is only possible after “face-to-face” classroom tuition.
A commercial qualification is not possible with online tuition. You must have 40 hours in the classroom if you are seeking RYA Yachtmaster™ commercial qualifications.
This theory course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.
This course will take your theory knowledge to the highest world standard required for the YachtmasterTM Coastal and YachtmasterTM Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills, and a detailed understanding of the IRPCS.
Students in the southern hemisphere have a southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your theory course is relevant to you.
Yachting Directions RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is 40 hrs minimum, taught as 7hrs/wk x 6 weeks.
Complete your theory course on a Saturday or a Sunday 09.00am to 4.30pm, all at Lake Macquarie.
The Theory Course size is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12.
Pre-requisites: RYA Day Skipper or Coxswain.
This theory course is a pre-requisite for your RYA YachtmasterTM Coastal Skipper Practical Course.
Chartwork: Chart information and symbols, position fixing, course shaping and plotting, Zones of Confidence, Use of traditional instruments, Rising and Dipping Distances,
Pilotage, use of soundings, lights and nav aids as “signposts”
Passage Planning and preparation,
Use of almanacs and admiralty publications,
Electronic aids to navigation, including Radar, AIS and GPS intensive,
Tides and tidal anomalies, Streams and Currents, Tidal Curves and Secondary Port Calculations, Computation of Rates,
Navigation in Restricted Visibility,
Customs Regulations, Flag etiquette,
Magnetic Compass and Gyro Compass,
Meteorology, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems,
Weather predictions using a barometer and by observations
Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad
Electric propulsion/Advanced battery managementsSystems,
This teaches skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.
Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations, with an increase in the degree of complexity and ability.
Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day & night, boat handling, safety & emergency situations.
It is a satisfying but intensive course.
You are expected to complete the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the practical course.
Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions.
Course content includes: Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage, Passage making and ability as skipper, Yacht handling under power, Yacht handling under sail, Adverse weather conditions, Emergency situations.
By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster™
Training available on:
Your own yacht
Our beautifully appointed Buizen 48
Our lively and well appointed Beneteau 473
Our 43 foot performance catamaran
See dates under 'Dates & Buy Now' tab.
Pre-requisite: RYA Day Skipper, RYA Yachmaster™ Coastal Skipper Theory course
An RYA Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers.
It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.
Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster™.
Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and seatime, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.
Many Yachtmaster™ candidates choose to book themselves into an RYA training centre for some tailor-made tuition to prepare them for the exam, but this is not compulsory.
Yachtmaster exams can not be conducted by the Training Centre you attended or by the instructor you used. Talk to us about organising your assessment. Please allow a minimum of 10 working days for an examiner to be allocated to you.
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