RYA/MCA YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE commercially endorsed- detailed syllabus

RYA Competent Crew (Practical) (5 days)

This course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful crew member on a cruising yacht. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Sea Terms and Parts of a Boat, her Rigging and Sails
  • Sail Handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire Precautions and Fighting
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Man Overboard
  • Emergency Equipment
  • Manners and Customs
  • Rules of the Road
  • Tender Usage
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship and Sailing
  • General Duties


RYA Day Skipper Shorebased (Theory) (6 days)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Nautical Terms
  • Ropework
  • Anchorwork
  • Safety
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Definition of Position, Course and Speed
  • Navigational Charts and Publications
  • Navigational Drawing Instruments
  • Compass
  • Chartwork and Navigation – Traditional and Electronic
  • Tides and Tidal Streams
  • Visual Aids to Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage Planning
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine Environment


RYA Day Skipper Tidal (practical) (5 days)

This course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Preparation for Sea
  • Deck Work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Maintenance and Repair Work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency Situations
  • Handling under Power
  • Handling under Sail
  • Passage-making
  • Night Cruising


RYA VHF/SRC Radio (2 days)

The course content is as follows:

  • Basics of radio operation
  • Correct frequencies (channels) to use
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Making ship-to-shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)


RYA Diesel Engine (1 day)

The aim of this course is to give awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine and the ability to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support. The course content is as follows:

  • Principles of Diesel Engine
  • The Four-Stroke cycle
  • The Fuel System
  • The Cooling System
  • The Air Systems
  • Engine Electrical Systems
  • Spares and Tool Requirements
  • The Importance of Winterisation and Servicing
  • Fault Finding


RYA Radar (1 day)

This course gives you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.

  • Basic Understanding of Radar Wave Propogation
  • Radar Set Components
  • Target Definition and Discrimination
  • Radar Reflectors


Super Yacht Training / Deckhand Course (2 days)

The syllabus includes the following topics:


  • Cleaning
  • Varnishing
  • Painting
  • Splicing
  • Minor Repairs
  • (Gel Coat & Fibre Glass)
  • Rope Work
  • Winch Service


Boat Etiquette:

  • Day Work
  • Dockwalking
  • Crew Agents
  • Crew Salaries
  • C.V.
  • Crew Accommodation
  • Offshore Bank Accounts


STCW 2010 (Standard of Training & Certification of Watch keepers)

The STCW 2010 syllabus includes the following modules:

  • Elementary First Aid at Sea – 2 days
  • Marine Fire Fighting – 3 days
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR) – 2 days
  • Personal Safety Training (PST) – 2 days
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) – 2 day


RYA Power Boat Level II (2 days)

Section A – Practical:

  • Launching and Recovery
  • Boat Handling
  • Securing to a Buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and Coming Alongside
  • Man Overboard
  • Some fun: skiing, wakeboarding and tubing!

Section B – Theory:

  • Types of Craft
  • Engines and Drives
  • Siting of Fuel Tanks
  • Routine Engine Checks
  • Close Down Procedures
  • Advice to Inland Drivers About Coastal Waters
  • Use and Limitations of GPS
  • Application of Local Bylaws
  • Source of Weather Information

Mileage Trip – Approximately 2500 nautical miles

The mileage trip consist of qualifying passages and miles to help build up your required miles for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam. The instructor accompanying you on the mileage trip will sign off the miles in your log book.

You need to fulfil the following requirements before you can take the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam:

  • 50 days sea time
  • 5 days as skipper
  • 2500 nautical miles
  • 5 passages over 60 nautical miles, including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper

The yacht will depart from and return to Club Mykonos Private Resort.

Sailing destinations are weather-dependant and the instructor will make the final decision about the sailing route.


RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased (Theory) (6 days)

This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects in the Day Skipper Course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper Course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Position
  • The Magnetic Compass
  • Tides
  • Tidal Streams
  • Buoyage
  • Lights
  • Pilotage
  • GNSS and Chart Plotter
  • Echo Sounders
  • Logs (Speed and Distance Measuring)
  • Deck Log
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Safety at Sea
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Marine Environment


RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical (5 days)

This course aims to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht (7 – 15m LOA) safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Passage Planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations


Exam Preparation Week (Practical) (5 days)

This course is designed to revise the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Exam. It is assumed that all aspects of boat handling and theory are familiar to the student and only revision is required.

  • Practical Navigation
  • Boat Handling (sailing on and off docks, ferry gliding, blind navigation, picking up moorings, tidal stream work, etc.)
  • General Seamanship
  • Responsibilities of Skipper
  • Safety Checks & Briefing


RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Exam (4 days)

Exam time is allocated as follows:

  • 1 day passage plan
  • 2 – 4 days practical exam


Optional beneficial modules (bookings made upon request by student)

These modules are very desirable in the eyes of potential employers and will give you an edge over other job seekers in the yachting industry: