Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation


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Yachtmaster Preparation Course

Duration: 6-7 days (Monday to Friday 1300, Exam Friday 1300 to sometime Saturday

Previous Experience Required: 50 days aboard, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles logged, 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper. VHF radio operators certificate and a valid First Aid Certificate is also required.

For many sailors it is a very prestigious achievement to be awarded the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. It is not easily achieved and is recognized worldwide. It is a ticket which is awarded to candidates who have the ability to skipper a sailing vessel offshore in often arduous conditions for extended periods of time.This is an intensive practical course designed to prepare candidates to take the RYA or ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Exam at the end of the course. The exam itself is conducted by an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner for which a separate exam fee is payable.

To attain the RYA or ISA Yachtmaster Offshore candidates must pass a practical examination of their skippering ability. A Yachtmaster is capable of skippering the yacht on extended offshore passages by day or night. He or she will essentially be a much more experienced Coastal Skipper and can do the same things more smoothly, for longer periods and in more arduous conditions.

Early in the week the instructor will asses your strengths and weaknesses and coach you in the areas required to pass the examination however our experience normally leads us to work on the following areas; passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations. The instructor will debrief you fully as the week progresses and ensure that you get time to work on those weaker areas. Before joining the course, students should have the pre-requisite experience outlined above, navigation theory to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level and a thorough knowledge of the Collision Regulations.

The examiner will ask each candidate to skipper the yacht on several short passages and complete various demonstrations of their skippering and sailing ability over the course of the weekend.

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Whats included:  Tuition, accommodation onboard, food, fuel, marina fees and use of our offshore waterproof clothing.

Whats not included:  Sleeping Bag, Footwear, Towel, Personal Toiletries, Changes of Clothes, and Pocket Money for a beer or a soft drink.

Next Step: Cruising Instructor, Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

Course Costs: €780 + (£205 RYA Exam Fee)Includes charter of the yacht for the examExaminer’s travel expenses are also required to be covered varies €60 – €100 per student, depending on examiner and number of students on exam

Call 085-721-7835 to book on this course!!