* Not included in the price is transportation to and from the Marina and all costs ashore, such as food and drinks.
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
- Boat Handling confined space
- Seamanship and Boat Handling
- Passage Planning
- Navigation and Chartwork
- Knowledge of Diesel Engines
- MOB Drill
- Cold Water Rescue
- Picking up a mooring bouy
Next Step ——–
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.
The road to RYA Yachtmaster
Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.
First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!
Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.
Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.
Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.
Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.
Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.
Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.
Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!