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RYA YACHTMASTER

YACHTMASTER EXAM TRAINING

The 3 Different RYA Yachtmaster certificates

The RYA scheme includes 3 different Yachtmaster certificates, administered (incl. the exams) by the RYA on behalf of the Maritime Coastguard Agency.

  • Yachtmaster Coastal: restricted to 60 NM offshore

  • Yachtmaster Offshore: restricted to 150 NM offshore

  • Yachtmaster Ocean: no restrictions

Preparing For Your Exam With Atlantic Sailing

Without proper preparation, the likelihood of passing the exam is small. You need to demonstrate a high level of competence in your skills, and a profound knowledge of the YM syllabus, both theory and practical.

However, to fulfil the prerequisites for the exam is no guarantee that you are up to the expected pre-exam level.

We are serious about the YM exam preparation week, that’s why we at Atlantic Sailing have put together several modules to complement different candidates:

 

1.   ONE WEEK: PREP WEEK INCLUDING EXAM

This program includes 1 or 2 exam days and 4 training days. The aim is to polish up on your skills and to get familiar with the exam area, your crew and the yacht. Your exam passage plan also needs to be prepared prior to the exam date. There won't be time to teach you any new skills and/or recap on theory.

 

2.   TWO WEEKS: SKILLS AND DRILLS WEEK PRIOR TO PREP WEEK

The skills and drills week will focus on the practical skills (boat-handling under power and under sail) of the exam syllabus. There will be time to teach you alternative and even new techniques. Crew organisation, management and communication are another important ingredient of this course. There will be some time available to polish up on theory as well.

 

3.   THREE WEEKS: PASSAGE MAKING PRIOR TO SKILLS AND DRILLS

The passage-making week encompasses the Coastal Skipper syllabus, with special attention for safety equipment and emergency situations, pilotage and navigation, weather and crew management.

WHAT IS RIGHT FOR ME

Nothing is more frustrating than to start an exam and feel ill prepared. In order to assist you we have prepared a Yachtmaster Questionnaire (click here to download). Check it out, fill it in and return it to us and we will contact you by phone to discuss the options.

Price for YM Prep/Exam week:

For 6 days (4-prep & 2-exam)/7 nights on board: Euro 950 per person based on your own private cabin. This includes examiner booking expenses. This does NOT include the RYA exam fee.

Price for Skill Building week prior to YM prep/exam: 

For 6 days/7 nights on board: Euro 875 per person

The Exam (Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore)

A RYA Yachtmaster Examiner, who operates independent of RYA training centres, oversees the exam. Outside the UK, the YM exam has to be organised via a recognised RYA training centre, operating in the exam area. The duration of the exam can be a minimum of 4 hours (Yachtmaster Coastal, more then 1 candidate) to a maximum of 12 hours (Yachtmaster Offshore, one candidate).

Please feel free to email me at fadwa@atlanticsailing.org for further information or if you would like to discuss your training.