Yachtmaster Sail Practical Course & Exam Preparation

Our 7 day RYA Yachtmaster offshore sailing course includes 5 days of bespoke preparation with one of our RYA Yachtmaster instructors followed by the optional 2 day exam weekend. The course is run from a Monday morning at 9am until the following Sunday afternoon on one of our fleet our commercially coded Bavaria yachts based in Southampton with direct access to the Solent.


The course fee is £499 per person with a maximum of 4 students onboard. Those students wishing to take the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam on the Saturday & Sunday will have to pay the exam fee directly to the RYA examiner. There is no additional charge for the use of our training yacht for this exam weekend.
RYA Day Skipper Theory
RYA Day Skipper Courses
RYA Solent Sailing Courses
RYA Start Yachting
RYA Competent Crew
The Yachtmaster™ Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.

About Our Yachtmaster Offshore & Coastal Prep Couse

The Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence preparation courses are both run together as they have so much in common. The package consists of a five day preparation course run back to back with a two day exam. Whilst the syllabus for each is very similar, the Yachtmaster Offshore candidate is required to have logged more sea time and will be pushed harder in the exam.
The key benefit of running the two courses in parallel is that students who are unsure which level to pitch themselves at can start the week undecided and choose part way through which exam to opt for. The external examiner will not know which exam you are each taking until he/she meets you.
At Solent Boat Training, we run the preparation courses for these two exams slightly differently from most other sea schools. We restrict the total number of students to four (rather than five) per course. This means you will get more practice at boat handling, more time at the chart table navigating, as well as more opportunities to take command as skipper.
Additionally, we do not mix our exam candidates with our non-exam students just to fill our boat up. It is unfair on you if you have to sit through Competent Crew and Day Skipper Students learning how to tack, gybe, hoist sails and take a 3 point fix (it’s unfair on them as well). We believe it is vital that everyone on board has the same focus and the same goal for the week. We find that our exam crews bond very quickly as they will be crewing for each other in the exam. Please note that we do need 3 students booked onto the course for it to run.
For an idea of the course running order view the course itinerary here.

About The Yachtmaster Exam

We have maintained a pass rate of over 90% for these prestigious exams. We understand that exams are stressful and we like to reduce as much pressure as possible. We learnt a long time ago that there is no point in someone going for an exam they are not ready for. For that reason, we have tried to take away a financial pressure. If you get part way through the preparation week and you and your instructor do not feel that you are ready for the exam, we are happy to hold the weekend credit for you for up to six months. This does not mean we will provide a second free preparation week, but it does mean you will not have to pay again for the yacht charter, food and diesel components of the exam and so on. Once you are ready, you can re-book either a whole preparation week at a reduced rate or just the exam for free.

Course Pre Requisites:

SEATIME (of which at least 50% is logged in tidal waters)
50 days sail cruising (at least 50% on board vessels between 7 LWL and 24m LOA) 2,500 miles logged (at least 50% on board vessels between 7 LWL and 24m LOA)
QUALIFYING PASSAGES (on board vessel between 7m LWL and 24m LOA)
5 passages of 60 miles or more 2 of those passage as skipper 2 of those passages being overnight KNOWLEDGE RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
CERTIFICATES
In date First Aid SRC or VHF RYA Sea Survival Course (recommended - compulsory if you are seeking a RYA/MCA Commercial Endorsement)