Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Preparation and Exam

The RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper / Offshore Certificate of Competence Exam preparation course is designed to act as a refresher on all aspects of boat handling, passage planning, pilotage, boat safety, and general skippering ability.  There will be opportunities to practice and hone skills such as night passage making and boat handling in confined spaces, as well as opportunites to refresh theory aspects likely to come up in the exam.

There is no set syllabus for the YM Preparation course, as content is driven by the candidates requirements, but the course is designed to bring experienced coastal skipper candidates to a level where they will be able to sit the RYA YM coastal or Offshore exam.  During the exam, candidates will be asked to demonstrate a variety of skills to an examiner over a day, and there will be a night pilotage exercise.

At each stage of the preparation week your instructor will give you feedback and advice allowing candidates to develop skills in advance of the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore exam.

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam Prerequisites

- 30 days at sea (including 2 days as skipper)

- 800 sea miles (reduced to 400 if candidate holds the Coastal Skipper course completion certificate)

- 12 night hours

- RYA/MCA VHF radio operators certificate

- RYA approved First Aid Certificate.  Please note that if you hold an STCW first aid certificate then this will need to have been updated within 5 years before you can join the exam.

- Theory knowledge to the standard of RYA Coastal Skipper Theory

Minimum Age at time of exam is 17, and candidates must bring all completed paperwork and certificates with them to the exam to show the examiner.  The exam will last approximately 6-10 hours for 1 candidate, 4-8 hours per candidate where there is more than 1.

Please note that the exam fee is not included in the course cost and is set by the RYA.  Current YM Coastal exam fee is £200 (subject to change).

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Prerequisites

- 50 days at sea (including 5 days as skipper)

- 2500 sea miles (reduced to 1250 if candidate holds another RYA certificate of competence)

- 5 passages over 60 miles long, which must include 2 overnight passages and 2 as skipper.

- RYA/MCA VHF radio operators certificate

- RYA approved First Aid Certificate. Please note that if you hold an STCW first aid certificate then this will need to have been updated within 5 years before you can join the exam.

- Theory knowledge to the standard of RYA Coastal Skipper Theory

Minimum Age at time of exam is 18, and candidates must bring all completed paperwork and certificates with them to the exam to show the examiner.  The exam will last approximately 8 to 12 hours for one candidate and 5 - 9 hours per candidate where two or more are being examined.

Please note that the exam fee is not included in the course cost and is set by the RYA.  Current YM Offshore exam fee is £231 (subject to change).

Please note that RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Exam exams can be taken in your own boat at your location in some circumstances.  Please contact us for more information.

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