18 week RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean St Helena Adventure

No Previous Experience required

If you are serious about learning to sail and your career in the professional yachting industry, the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence is the ultimate internationally recognised qualification. A number of past students have written to us and have said that this course was “the best time of my life”.

Yachtmaster Sailing School will develop your skills and ensure that you are given all the necessary training and experience needed before undertaking the qualifying Ocean Passage on the ST Helena Adventure!

Our school's twenty three years experience will ensure that you get the best training available under safe conditions and have fun doing it.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a commercially endorsed RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence which is valid for use as a Master of yachts up to 200gt in category 0 waters (unlimited area of operation).


Course content:

The Course Outline

The course consists of our RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Course during which you will log 2500 Miles of thorough Sail Training on board our fully equipped 12 meter Yachts in preparation for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Examination and a 600 mile Qualifying Passage to the Island of ST Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean which will be navigated by Celestial Navigation only, giving you proper training in this discipline to prepare you for your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examination.  In total you will log more than 3600 miles.
The intricacies of Celestial Navigation will then be revealed during the Yachtmaster Ocean Theory which includes Ocean Weather,  Passage Planning and Communications.

  • Initial training will be in sheltered Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon which offers all the complexity and challenges which are needed for thorough practical training.
  • Then you will do many short and medium distance passages along the challenging South African coast to develop your knowledge and ability in both Traditional and Electronic Coastal Navigation and Command Skills.
  • In between, there is the training course on the Powerboat, and racing in our Flying Fifteen Keelboats to add excitement and competition to your sailing skills development.
  • Your knowledge base and practical experience will be broadened by many short courses on different topics included in the course that are set out below.
  • By the time you do your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examination, you will be a competent and confident Yachtmaster ready to take on the World.
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Course Fees

R157 500 - Yachtmaster Sailing Courses
R    7 900 - STCW
R    5 130 - Super Yacht Deckhand
R    4 160 - PBII
R    1 000 - Online PPR 
R175 690 - 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 and RYA Theory packs
  • Use of RYA Reference Books and navigation equipment
  • Food, accommodation and use of Wet Weather Gear during the 13 Practical Live-aboard Weeks on the Yachts                                                               
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Excluded fees:

  • R 1 800        ENG1 Medical Examination fee payable to the Doctor
  • RYA Fees are payable direct to RYA
    • £   60     GBP    RYA fees for SRC Radio Certificate
    • £ 231     GBP    RYA fees for Yachtmaster Offshore Examination
    • £ 173     GBP    RYA fees for Yachtmaster Ocean Examination
    • £   33     GBP    RYA fees for STCW / Commercial Endorsement
  • Accommodation in Cape Town
    During the 6 Theory Weeks (58 Nights), Accommodation On-shore is required in Cape Town.
    Food and Transport is not included

Course Dates

  • 05 January 2017- FULL
  • 16 March  2017 - 2 Places left
  • 03 August 2017 - 4 Places left

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

Terms and Conditions apply.   We reserve the right to change course content, dates and prices.

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