Yachtmaster Prep

Yachtmaster prep in Scotland
RYA Yachtmaster preparation from Largs on the Clyde

Are you ready for the final push to become a Yachtmaster offshore or coastal with some inttensive training before your RYA exam? Do you have your qualifying seatime and knowledge at the right level, but need some time with an instructor on the boat you will be examined on to polish your skills? If this sounds like you then this Yachtmaster prep course is the one for you. This Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course is designed to bring experienced sailors up to speed before taking the MCA/RYA Certificate of Competence exam. You will get to know the boat inside out with your fellow crew mates. You will practice Yachtmaster level manoeuvres on the Clyde from Largs so when the RYA examiner steps on board during the last 2 days you are confident and ready for the exam. The instructor for the practical course will be an RYA examiner.

There’s no set syllabus for the course. It is about practicing for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or the Yachtmaster Offshore exam, tweaking your technique and perhaps ironing out any bad habits you may have picked up. The exam will assess your boat handling and skippering skills, including navigation, sailing ability, seamanship, safety awareness, collision regulations and knowledge of signals and meteorology.

Details of Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal can be found here on the RYA’s website.

If you don’t quite have the pre-course experience then our milebuilders and other RYA courses can help.

The exam fee is not included

Pre-course experience:

Coastal – 30 days at sea, 800 miles, 12 night hours and 2 days skippering. All within the last 10 years.

Offshore – 50 days at sea, 2500 miles, 5 x 60 mile passages (2 of which are overnight, 2 as skipper) and 5 days skippering. All within the last 10 years.

Half the qualifying sea time must have been conducted in tidal waters & on a sailing vessel 24M or under.

Assumed knowledge: Yachtmaster theory and knowledge of using a radar.

Necessary certification: A GMDSS VHF Short range certificate and a valid first aid certificate.

Minimum age: 18

Course starts: Saturday 09:00 @ Largs Scotland