RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsement

Prior experience required : None
Minimum age : 18 Years
Duration : 100 days
Number of students : Minimum 4 / Maximum 5

A vital ingredient to the successful operation of any yacht, whether charter or private, is well-trained crew.


Atlantic Yachting Sailing School’s training programme is designed to meet the growing demand for professional crew on luxury yachts and super yachts.


The higher your sailing qualification, the easier it will be to find work on a yacht. This course will prepare you for jobs on a yacht at a level above the entry level.
If you are seeking work in the yachting industry for the first time or if you want to build a career in the yachting industry, certain courses are essential and others are highly desirable in the eyes of potential employers. We offer both the essential and the highly desirable qualifications. Please refer to the “Syllabus” tab below for the inclusive modules and other optional and beneficial modules.


Who Is This Course For?

This course is for those who are serious about a career in yachting and are seeking the best opportunities in order to gain the skills and qualifications required for employment in the Luxury and Super Yachting industry. Successful graduates are able to work on a variety of sailing yachts as a charter skipper, flotilla skipper or for corporate day sailing.


This course offers a stepping stone into the International Yachting industry, which offers a wealth of travel opportunities and experiences.
Did you know? The Yachtmaster Offshore course provides a fast and effective way to enter the industry on vessels under 24m. It is also suitable for those looking to gain their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with a view to skippering their own yacht.



  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased (Theory)
  • RYA Day Skipper Tidal (Practical)
  • RYA VHF/SRC Radio
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • RYA Radar
  • Super Yacht Training – Deckhand Course
  • RYA Power Boat Level II
  • RYA PWC (Personal Watercraft)
  • Mileage Builder (approximately 2 500 nautical miles)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Shorebased (Theory)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Practical
  • Coastal and Offshore Exam Preparation
  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam
Outsourced and not included in course price:  We do however book it on your behalf
  • STCW 2010 (Standard of Training & Certification of Watch keepers)


DETAILED SYLLABUS [detailed_syllabus]


OPTIONAL AND BENEFICIAL MODULES (bookings only 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:

Qualifications Obtained (for inclusive modules)

  • RYA Competent Crew Practical Sailing Course Certificate
  • RYA/MCA Day Skipper for Sail and Power Craft Shorebased Certificate (Theory)
  • RYA/MCA Day Skipper Tidal Practical Sailing Course Certificate
  • Short Range Certificate
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Course Certificate
  • Atlantic Yachting in-house Super Yacht Training / Deckhand Certificate
  • RYA Power Boat Level II Certificate
  • RYA PWC (Personal Watercraft)
  • RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Certificate
  • RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Sailing Course Completion Certificate
  • STCW 2010 certificates – (for outsourced modules)
  • Marine Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention;
  • Elementary First Aid at Sea;
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility and Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties(PDSD)

Once you have successfully completed the course and passed the RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Offshore exam you will receive your original RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate with Commercial Endorsement from the RYA in the United Kingdom. This will be posted to you at the address you provided on the Exam Application form.


External Exam fees, Registration fees and documents

The following must be paid directly by the student to the RYA by providing credit or debit card details on the relevant exam application form:

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam fee – £231.00

RYA Commercial Endorsement fee £33.00

RYA VHF Exam fee – £60.00


To obtain a Commercial Endorsement you will need the following additional documentation:

STCW 2010 course completion certificates

ENG 1 Medical Fitness Certificate (cost ± ZAR1700)

PPR Certificate/ Online course – approx. ZAR1000


Where to from here?
Once qualified as a RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Offshore you can add on to this by doing your RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate, OR a RYA CRUISING INSTRUCTORS COURSE, RYA PB II INSTRUCTORS COURSE OR A PWC INSTRUCTORS COURSE

Course Dates & Fees


The course is presented throughout the year. Please contact us for course dates.

If you have a group booking (4 or more people) we will try our best to accommodate you on your dates.



Please contact us for course prices and to request a detailed quotation.


External Exam Fees

The following external fees are paid directly to the RYA by providing credit or debit card details on the relevant exam application form:

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam fee – £231.00

RYA Commercial Endorsement Fee £33.00

RYA VHF Exam fee – £60.00

Accommodation & Food


Shorebased – self catering

During the shorebased modules, accommodation is included at the Atlantic Yachting Crew House. The Self Catering Crew House is within walking distance of our office and yachts and is serviced weekly.


During the practical modules, accommodation is included on board the Atlantic Yachting yachts. The yachts are all berthed in Club Mykonos Private Resort Marina. You will have access to the marina facilities by means of an access card on loan to you for the duration of the course.

STCW 2010

Accommodation is not included for the 11 day STCW 2010 module in Cape Town.  We have selected a couple of upmarket backpackers for our clients to choose from ±R220.00 per person per night. Please inquire should you need the details.



Food is excluded for all shorebased modules, however we offer freshly baked, something sweet  during the 6 day Day Skipper Theory and the 7 day Yachtmaster Coastal/ Offshore Theory course.

You can cook at the Self Catering Crew House – which helps with budgeting.

Complimentary coffee, tea, sugar and milk are provided during the course at our office and the Crew House.


Coffee, tea, and sugar are provided on board the yacht.

Food is included for all practical sailing modules.  We provide a nutritional and budget friendly menu plan (including shopping list) as typically used when at sea. We encourage students to cook together. This forms part of the experience.

What you need to bring & what we supply

What You Need To Bring:              

  • Stationery: 2 x 2B pencils, eraser, examination pad/note book, an A4 envelope, and a 20 page flip file for keeping certificates
  • Laptop + adapters to charge devices
  • Suitable Sailing clothes to be worn during theory & practical modules: 5 x Khaki shorts (chinos); 5 x Navy Golf Shirts; Belt; and, Sailing Shoes (Sperry’s, Docksiders, Timberlands, Crocs, etc.)
  • Suitable comfortable clothing – layers are a good idea (T shirts, baggies, long sleeve T-shirts, rash vests, tracksuit pants, jeans, flip flops and warm clothes)
  • Sleeping bag and a blanket
  • Sun cream, hats, towels and toiletries
  • Warm socks and a beanie
  • 12x ID photo’s
  • Copy of ID document or passport
  • ENG1 medical
  • Money for food and beverages – cooking at Atlantic Yachting Crew House is encouraged as part of the yachting experience and helps to stretch your budget. Budget for approximately R100 – R120 per day.
  • Bring along a boogie board, surfboard or any other hobbies you enjoy!


What We Supply


  • RYA Student Packs and class notes
  • RYA and In-house course completion certificates
  • Navigational equipment (on loan) – or you can purchase from our shop
  • Foul weather gear (on loan)
  • Personal Log Book
  • Complimentary Atlantic Yachting Cap
  • Complimentary Atlantic Yachting T-shirt
  • Complimentary Atlantic Yachting Book Bag


  • Fresh sheets, pillows and pillow cases at Crew House
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • The house is serviced weekly


National flights and some international flights land at Cape Town International Airport. The airport is approximately an hour and a half drive from our office in Club Mykonos, Langebaan.


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


Tel number: +27 (0) 22 772 2807


Tel number: +27 (0) 22 772 1006



Elweirda – South Africa’s Premier Coach Charter Company

Tel number: 0860 001 094


We will collect you from your drop-off point in Langebaan. Please arrange this with the office prior to your arrival.

Arrival Arrangements

We can assist you in making arrangements to meet your transport and accommodation need. 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 offices. Please make arrangement with our office prior to your arrival.



Please meet us at the Atlantic Yachting Office in Agora Square, Club Mykonos Resort, Langebaan at 08:00. From the second day of theory, classes will commence at 08:00 and finish by 17:00.

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