Previous experience required for examination (within 10 years of examination)
Ocean passage in sole charge and responsible as skipper or mate of watch
RYA/MCA Offshore certificate
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Course Completion certificate
First Aid certificate
Minimum age : 18 Years
Duration : 2.5 days
Number of students : Maximum 5 (2 students examined per day)

Students will be examined on our yachts on the Langebaan Lagoon.

The exam consists of an oral exam and a written exam.

Who is it for?

If you want to skipper a yacht on passages of any length in all parts of the world then this is the certificate for you.

Ability after course

Have the experience and competence to skipper a yacht anywhere in the world, regardless of the length of the passage.

Exam syllabus

During the oral exam the candidate may be asked questions on all parts of ocean passage making in a yacht and must provide the examiner with the following:

  • Narrative account of the planning and execution of the qualifying passage
  • Navigational records showing that the candidate:
    • Completed the records on board a yacht on passage
    • Out of sight of land
    • Navigated the yacht without the use of electronic navigational aids

The written exam consists of questions on sights, sight reduction and meteorology. Holders of certain certificates are exempted from the written examination. Please contact us for details of the exemptions.

Qualification obtained

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence

RYA Exam fees

The exam fee payable by the candidate directly to the RYA via credit card is £210.00. This fee is not included in our course prices.

Exam dates

Exams are conducted throughout the year. Please contact us for exam dates. If you have a group booking (3 – 5 or more people) we will try our best to accommodate you on your dates.



Please contact us for high and low season prices as well as current specials. If you make a group booking (3 or more people), you qualify for a group discount



Food is not included in the course fee, however, tea, coffee and sugar is supplied on the yachts. We also provide a nutritional menu plan (including shopping list) typically used when on the sea. We encourage students to cook on the yacht as part of the yachting experience.

What to bring


  • Suitable clothing – layers are always a good idea
  • Gloves (optional) – can be purchased from us
  • Socks
  • Sailing or soft light-soled shoes – can be purchased from us
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sun cream, hat, towels, toiletries
  • Weather proof jacket / foul weather gear – we can provide foul weather gear on loan for free
  • Extra money for food & beverages – cooking on board the yacht is encouraged for the experience and to help stretch your budget


  • Light lunches during theory modules
  • Booklets supplied on loan for RYA Competent Crew course
  • Charts & navigation equipment on loan – can be purchased from us
  • Course completion certificates
  • Sheets & pillows
  • Full galley
  • Cleaning products
  • Tea, coffee, sugar, milk
  • Foul weather gear on loan for practical courses


National and some international flights land at Cape Town International Airport. The airport is approximately an hour’s drive from our office in Langebaan.

Car rentals from airport/Cape Town

There are drop-off points for the following rental car companies in Langebaan:


  • Telephone/Fax number: +27 (0)22 772 2807


  • Telephone/Fax number: +27 (0)22 772 1006

Airport transfers

Cape Shuttles

  • Contact person: Bill Spurling
  • Contact number: +27 (0)82 677 4672
  • E-mail address: bilros@telkomsa.net

Travel Arrangements

If the need be, we can assist you in making arrangements to meet your transport and alternative accommodation needs. We make use of a registered shuttle service between Cape Town and Langebaan.

EVENING BEFORE COURSE STARTS (only by prior arrangement)

We can meet you the day before your course starts between 17:00 and 18:00 at our office. Please make arrangements with our office prior to your arrival.


Please meet us at the Atlantic Yachting Office at the Club Mykonos Marina, Agora Square at 08:30. After the first day theory courses will commence at 08:30am and finish by 17:00.

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