Professional Yachtmaster Offshore Commercial Training Programme

Kristian Aderman a Pro Yacht Racer from Sweden being examined by RYA Examiner John Roberts earlier this year


Train to Work in the Sailing Industry

15 Weeks of Practical Training

Spring 2017 Course: Starts Mon 13th March 2017

Autumn 2017 Course: Starts 11th Sept 2017 **



**Our Autumn 2017 course begins 11th September 2017, the structure and time frame of the course is identical to the Spring course. The Autumn course finishes December 2017**


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Below is a brief outline of the course content. Please contact us for a full description of the course program.  We would be delighted to have a sit down meeting with you over coffee to discuss your suitability for this program and how it can be tailored to suit your prior sailing experience. If you are booking from abroad we would be delighted to arrange a skype conversation to discuss the program with you.


This course is designed to take the complete sailing novice to become a professional sailor in the sailing industry in an intensive accelerated course over fifteen weeks. The course culminates in the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam by an independent RYA Yachtmaster Examiner. This is a 10 hour practical and oral examination on all aspects of sailing a yacht in difficult circumstances. Provided you are hard working we guarantee to have you fully prepared and confident of passing the exam over the fifteen weeks. We have run 3 successful Professional Yachtmaster Programs since the schools opening in 2011 and have a 100% success rate in that every student has passed the exam first time after our training program. This is largely to do with having a small number of students and being able to focus on each students own weaknesses leading up to the exam. We have successfully trained students in the past who have gone on to work all over the world in different sectors of the sailing industry, from charter base managers, to delivery skippers, to Yachtmaster Instructors to yacht brokers to Riggers. We have developed contacts within the sailing industry over the past 10 years which you can call upon to help you achieve your first job in your new career within the yachting industry.

The Course

The course is divided into 3 modules of four to five weeks in duration. Students can enter the course program at different stages depending on their previous sailing experience and the cost of the course will be pro-rated accordingly. Please consult us on this. Many fastrack courses are run by different sailing schools in the Med. Some advertise courses that are only 10 weeks long and at very low prices. These are soft courses in the sunshine with little or no wind. Exams are almost always conducted under the same conditions. Our experience of these schools has been shabby yachts and poor quality tuition. At Irish Offshore Sailing we will train you to cope with challenging weather confidently using a modern offshore yacht with the most up to date navigational equipment. These yachts enter the Fastnet Race and Round Ireland Yacht Race every year, so they are extremely well equipped.

Our Commitment to You

At Irish Offshore Sailing we draw upon a team of expert instructors with over 6 years training students on the Professional Yachtmaster Scheme. We have put a course program together not just to get you to pass your Yachtmaster exam, but to make you into a competent confident professional skipper. We see time and time again within the industry, sailors barely meeting the grade and delivering yachts by the seats of their pants. Our aim is to train you to a standard where we would trust you to deliver our yachts in the dead of winter, and rest assured that the yacht will arrive in pristine condition. Students who train and sail in Ireland and the UK during the Winter and early Spring, experience strong winds, heavy swells and other difficult conditions. These difficult training grounds challenge and drive students to excel and ultimately produce a higher calibre of skipper. At Irish Offshore Sailing, we run a professional, well structured course designed to meet your needs. We operate from our course from our base at Dun Laoghaire Marina using our two Jeanneau Sunfast 37 foot yachts “Desert Star” and “Sherkin” and our classroom facilities at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. Dublin Bay provides and incredible training ground for our students with a large tidal range, shallow harbours, commercial shipping, and offshore winds which allow us to continue sailing even under heavy wind conditions.


Below is a brief outline of the course structure for our 2017 Spring Course:


Module 1: March 2017

Week 1: Competent Crew (Mon 13th March – Fri 17th  March)

Week 2: Dayskipper Theory (Sat 18th, Sun 19th, Fri – Sun 24th – 26th March)

Week 3: Skills and Drills (Mon 20th –  Wed 22nd March)

Week 4: Dayskipper (Navigation and Pilotage) (Mon 27th – Fri 31st March)

Week 5: Dayskipper (Mon 3rd – Fri 7th April)

23 days of tuition 

Break: 4 days, , Fri 8th April 1600 – Wed 12th April 0900

Module 2: April 2017

Week 1: VHF SRC First Aid and Sea Survival (Sat 1st April, Sun 2nd April , Sun 30th April)

Week 2: Yachtmaster Theory (Wed 12th April  – Sun 16th April)

Week 3: Milebuilder Passage 1 (6 days) Northern Ireland (Tues18th – Sun 23rd April )

Week 4: Skills and Drills (Advanced Handling, Night Navigation and Pilotage) (Mon 25th – Fri 29th April)

Week 5: Coastal Skipper (Dublin) (Monday 1st May – Fri 5th May )


24 days incl. vhf, First Aid and Sea Survival

Break: one week (Fri 5th May 1600 – Mon 15th May 0900)


Module 3: May 2017

Week 1: Milebuilder Passage 2 ( 7 Days) (Mon15th May- Sun 21st May ) Ireland South Coast

Week 2:Yachtmaster Preparation 1 (Tues 23rd – Sat 27th May)

Week 3: Milebuilder 3 (7 days) (Mon 29th May  – Sun 4th June)

Week 4: Yachtmaster Preparation 2 (5 days) (Tues 6th – Sat 10th June)

Yachtmaster Offshore Examination (Sat 10th – Sun 11th June)

24 days incl. Yachtmaster Offshore Exam

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam is organised on the last two days of the course

Professional Yachtmaster Training Program Prices

The 15 Week Course           €8,950

One Module                         €3,750

Two Modules                        €6,500


Whats included:

  • All food onboard during practical courses on the yacht
  • Waterproofs
  • All accommodation during practical yacht courses
  • All our courses run from Monday 09:00 to Friday 16:00, except where outlined in the final course program given to each student before the course

Whats not included: Food and accomodation is not provided during the shorebased courses. Hostels and weekly rates in B and Bs are available. Shorebased courses comprises of 15 days of the overall course length.  Neither accommodation nor food is provided during the weekends between courses.


€80 SRC exam and license fee for the the SRC course

Yachtmaster offshore examination fee of £215

Examiners travel expenses (€70 – 100 per student depending on candidates)

are not included in the course fee.

Offshore Yacht Sailing Personal Insurance  (€60 – €100)

State Grants   

Some students have in the past qualified for state grants to attend our courses as the ISA Coastal Skipper Practical Course falls under the national qualification fetac scheme. Please contact us for further details about obtaining a grant while attending this course.


Additional Gear and Advice

We strongly advise students to purchase their own sailing boots and gear before the commences. Contact us for advice on this. We don’t believe in flashy prospectuses to hook you in. We want to meet you for a coffee, or have a lengthy phone conversation, answer your questions, explain the course in great detail, learn about your background and your motivation for doing the course and assess your suitability for the course before your place is accepted. We monitor your progress very carefully during the course, and a high degree of self motivation and a good nature is required.

Previous Experience

While previous experience is not required before booking onto the 15 week sailing course, we do strongly advise that you attend at the very least a start yachting weekend or competent crew course before making a decision to book onto a 15 week full time sailing course. The optimum is that each candidate would have around 500 miles of sailing experience prior to coming onto the sailing course. This means that you would have an understanding of what its like to sail a yacht offshore and at night before coming on the course. It also takes the pressure of your attendance on the course, if you are sick for one week, then you may miss achieving your target mileage of 2,500 miles which is required to sit the yachtmaster offshore exam, if you start the course with zero miles under your belt. We can advise you on how best to get these few days of training before the course begins when we meet for a coffee to show you the school and discuss the course.