RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prepweek + Exam Normandy


RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prepweek + Exam Normandy


* Not included in the price is transportation to and from the Marina and all costs ashore, such as food and drinks.


  • Professional RYA Instructor (ratio 1/4)
  • Cruising Performance Class (Sail wardrobe on board)
  • High safety standards (Epirb, Radar, Liferaft)
  • Lifejackets (Spinlock PFD) onboard
  • All nights aboard (shared cabins)
  • All meals and drinks onboard (cook together)
  • Bed linen and Towels
  • Yacht consumables (Mooring fees, diesel fuel, gas)
  • Free parking (Medemblik)
  • Memories of a lifetime
COURSE package

Arranged lunch/diner (week groceries)

At DBN we want to make the most out of our day of training. Arranging groceries at the start of your course doesn’t add to your learning curve so we arrange this for you where other companies don’t.

Harbour fees

Fuel cost

Bed linnen/towels

€ 292,50

Course dates

For certification, you must complete a minimum of 5 days of training or alternatively, three weekends.
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prepweek + Exam Normandy
22 Jul - 29 Jul
Fully booked
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prepweek + Exam Normandy
13 Oct - 19 Oct
Fully booked

Sharpen skills and prepare them for the specific demands of the exam.

  • Using eletronic plotter
  • Prior to Going to Sea
  • Preparation of Boat and Crew
  • Pilotage
  • Boat Handling confined space
  • Seamanship and Boat Handling
  • Passage Planning
  • Navigation and Chartwork
  • Meteorology
  • Radar
  • Knowledge of Diesel Engines
  • MOB Drill
  • Cold Water Rescue
  • Picking up a mooring bouy
  • Leadership


RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate

Next Steps ——–

RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities Certificate
RYA Personal Survival Techniques or STCW95
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate Commercially endorsed
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Certificate
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam

Course schedule

As the sun breaks over the horizon, a group of aspiring skippers gather on deck, their eyes set on the coveted title of RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore. It’s a title that speaks of mastery, of the ability to command a yacht through extended offshore passages, day and night. Unlike the Coastal Skipper, a Yachtmaster navigates with a seasoned hand, steering through arduous conditions with a blend of grace and grit.

This enriching journey is available in two captivating locations: the scenic waters of the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands, and the vibrant sailing grounds starting from Cherbourg, offering exhilarating trips around the Channel Islands and the Solent region. Ideal for those new to the world of sailing, this course offers an all-encompassing introduction to sailing skills, set against a backdrop of diverse and dynamic environments. Whether you’re navigating the tranquil waters of the IJsselmeer or exploring the bustling Solent, this course promises a memorable and transformative sailing experience.

Following is an example of how a typical course week might unfold:

The week starts with an air of anticipation. The instructor, a seasoned mariner with a keen eye, observes each candidate. The goal is not just to assess but to understand – to pinpoint the strengths that will be honed and the weaknesses that will be transformed into expertise. This isn’t just a course; it’s a voyage of personal and professional discovery.

As the week unfolds, the focus sharpens on the areas pivotal for the examination. Passage planning becomes not just an exercise but a narrative, each decision weaving into the next to create a tapestry of strategy and foresight. The art of man overboard recovery is practiced, transitioning from a drill to a ballet of precision and urgency.

In the confines of the harbor, close quarters handling is no longer about following procedures; it’s about intuition, feeling the yacht’s every move and responding with a calm assertiveness. Skippering techniques are refined, transforming the act of leading into an expression of confidence and competence.

Today, we plot and execute a challenging coastal passage. This is where theory meets practice, where planning interweaves with real-time decision-making. As a skipper-in-training, you’ll take the helm, leading your crew with the wisdom and assurance of a seasoned captain. Every decision, every manoeuvre is a stroke in the portrait of your developing skipper’s acumen.

The rules of the road
Knowledge of the International Collision Regulations isn’t merely theoretical. It’s a living, breathing set of guidelines that inform every decision, every maneuver. It’s about safety, yes, but also about respect – for the sea, for other vessels, for the very essence of sailing.

The instructor’s debriefs are thorough, a blend of constructive criticism and encouragement. As the week progresses, each candidate gets the opportunity to address their weaker areas, turning them into pillars of strength.

The prerequisites for the course – experience, theory knowledge, understanding of the Collision Regulations – all converge as the weekend approaches. The examination is a culmination of every lesson learned, every challenge faced. Each candidate is asked to skipper the yacht on short passages, their skills and abilities showcased in a symphony of sailing prowess.

As the sun sets on the final days, the candidates emerge not just as sailors, but as Yachtmasters – ready to take on the world, one wave at a time.