Exam Prep weeks & RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore Exam

Experience required: Competent Crew Practical, RYA Day Skipper Theory, RYA Day Skipper Practical, RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory, RYA Coastal Skipper Practical, RYA VHF SRC Radio & STCW Elementary First Aid

The Exam Preparation Practical weeks revise all course material and skills for both theory and practical aspects required to successfully take your RYA Yachtmaster Examination.
This 9 day live-aboard Exam Preparation course is followed by the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Examination.
The course & Examination runs from Monday to normally the following Friday and takes place on one of the yachts in Yachtport, Saldanha Bay.

You need to have quality experience and be a competent and confident skipper, and will need to perform manoeuvres for the examiner such as recovering man over board, coming along side, approaching and leaving a mooring or anchor and handle the yacht under sail in confined waters while giving instructions to your crew.   If you would like to build up skippering, navigation skills & mileage, then please see our RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Skills Development & Mileage weeks.

The syllabus is the same for both RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Certificates of Competence, but the level of experience, skill and knowledge required for the award of Yachtmaster Offshore is higher than that required for the award of Yachtmaster Coastal.
There are no trick questions, but the syllabus is demanding and you will need to be able to manage the boat and crew confidently and well in a variety of conditions and tasks.

You will receive an RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence issued by the RYA after successful completion of the Exam

You are also able to do a dual RYA / SAS practical exam and thereby gain your SAS qualifications needed for skippering yachts in South African waters.

Course Content:

  • International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea
  • Safety
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail.
  • General seamanship including maintenance
  • Responsibilities of the skipper
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology

The Candidate must have a good knowledge of the theoretical subjects covered in the Coastal Skipper Shore-based Course.

Previous Experience, Minimum Sea Time, Certification & Requirements for the RYA Yachtmaster ™ Examination:

  • Mileage has to be from within the last 10 years
  • Mileage needs to be Logged and signed off by the Skipper.
  • Mileage needs to be gained Under Sail on a Sailing Yacht
  • The Sailing yacht needs to be less than 24m / 79ft or 200gt
  • RYA Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator's Certificate
  • STCW Elementary First Aid Certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory Certificate

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal:

  • 30 days sea time
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 800 miles (at least 400 Miles {half of required 800 miles} must be done in Tidal Waters) ie not all gained in the Med
  • 12 night hours

NOTE! If you have an RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion Certificate (which is part of our 4 week Upgrade) then your Requirements are reduced to 20 Days Sea Time, 2 Days as Skipper, 400 Miles and 12 Night Hours.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore:

  • 50 days sea time
  • 5 days as skipper
  • 2500 miles (at least 1250 Miles {half of required 2500 miles} must be done in Tidal Waters) ie not all gained in the Med
  • 5 passages over 60 miles, including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper

Upgrade to RYA Yachtmaster:  
If you are planning on taking your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper's or Offshore Skipper's Exam then please see our 4 week Upgrade to RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Upgrade to RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Pages.

Course Fees:

The 9 day Exam Preparation Practical & Exam Course Fee is:
R 21 000
- Total Course Fees incl VAT (Payable to Yachtmaster Sailing School)

Included in the Course fees is:

  • All your training and Certificates as listed above
  • Your Personal RYA Logbook
  • Use of RYA Reference Books and navigation equipment
  • During the 2 Practical Live-aboard Weeks on the Yachts, your Food, Accommodation & use of Wet Weather Gear is included

Excluded & Extra Over the above fees:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Examination Fees - These Fees are paid Directly to the RYA in the UK via Credit Card:
    • £ 200     GBP    RYA fees for Yachtmaster Coastal Examination  OR
    • £ 231     GBP    RYA fees for Yachtmaster Offshore Examination
    • £   60     GBP    RYA fees for SRC Radio Certificate
    • £   33     GBP    RYA fees for STCW / Commercial Endorsement

Recommended Additional 1 day Courses:

  • R 1 650 - RYA SRC Radio Course + £ 60 GBP RYA Fees for SRC Radio Certificate - RYA fees are paid Directly to the RYA in the UK via Credit Card (required for your RYA Yachtmaster Exam)
  • R 1 650 - RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • R 1 650 - RYA Radar

To work with your RYA Certificate of Competence in the Industry, you will need to apply to have it Commercially or STCW Endorsed and you will need:

  • R 1 000 - RYA PPR (Professional Practices and Responsibilities Course)
  • R 7 900 - STCW Course (Competence in Security Awareness, Elementary First Aid, Fire Fighting, Personal Survival Techniques with Proficiency in Life Raft & Personal Safety & Social Responsibility) 
  • R 1 800 - ENG 1 Medical Fee - Payable Directly to Dr

Course Dates:

31 October 2016
21 November 2016

Should the above dates not suit you, please contact us so we can try to accommodate you in a more convenient time frame.

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