About The Event
This fantastic, 16 week programme takes you from absolute beginner right through to a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Offshore - your starting point for a career in the sailing industry, or simply an amazing break from the daily grind!
The focus of the course is ensuring that you achieve the necessary skills, experience and requirements to be able to take the Yachtmaster Offshore exam at the end of the 16 weeks, achieving the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and ensuring you are competent to skipper a yacht on passages up to 150 miles from harbour.
By the end of our Yachtmaster Pro course you should have gained the following:
Seatime: 63 days, 2,500 miles in tidal waters, at least five passages over 60 miles, of which you will have acted as Skipper on at least two and which at least two will have involved overnight passages. A minimum of five days' experience as Skipper.
A Radio Operator's Qualification
A valid First Aid certificate
We split our Yachtmaster Pro course into three distinct modules, meaning that you can choose to join us later in the programme if you already have some sailing experience:
Module 1 over 4 weeks (1-4)
1: RYA Competent Crew
This course introduces the complete beginner to cruising. You'll learn about personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht.
2: RYA Day Skipper Theory
A comprehensive intro to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew. This is an invaluable course if you want to start making decisions on board! You should expect some homework during the week!
3: RYA Day Skipper Practical
You'll learn pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in waters in which you're familiar.
4: Marine SRC Radio, Essential First Aid, Sea Survival,
These one day courses are designed to complement the Yachtmaster syllabus, and the radio and first aid are essentual for all candidates for this qualification.
This should deliver you as a confident Day Skipper
Module 2 over 5 weeks (5-8)
5: Racing or milebuilding
Racing helps develops sail trimming and navigation skills - and a thorough understanding of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea ('Colregs' for short!) is vital when you're racing alongside many boats whilst avoiding the many other commercial and leisure boats in the Solent
6: Day Skipper Plus
Develop the skills you'll have started to learn during the previous 3 weeks and take them onto the next stage - we'll start to introduce more advanced practical subjects during this course.
Week 7: RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Theory (6 days)
This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology, building on the subjects covered during the Day Skipper theory and concluding with an exam at the end of the week. Expect homework in this intensive 6 day course!
Week 8: Milebuilder Week (5 days)
Your first foray offshore and a chance to put your newly acquired Yachtmaster theory to good use - we may sail to the West Country or east to Brighton during this week, perfect for planning and executing your first longer passages!
Week 9: RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days)
This week long course gives you the chance to develop your skippering skills to the level needed to be safely in charge of a yacht on coastal or offshore passages by both day and night.
Week 10: Skills and Experience Week (5 days)
We spend the week learning and practicing more advanced manouevring techniques under both sail and power and introduce subjects such as blind navigation and finding unlit marks at night.
Week 11: Sail to France (5 days)
Weather permitting you'll head to France this week, giving you the opportunity to plan and skipper a multi-hour, cross-tide passage and experience the challenges of crossing the busy shipping channels, not to mention arriving into a foreign port for the first time!
Week 12: Week off!
A much-needed break from study and chance for you to refresh, catch up on sleep and allow everything you've learned over the previous weeks to sink in ahead of your final module.
Week 13: Milebuilder Week (5 days)
A week of sailing with the aim of developing those skippering skills yet further - another chance to gain skippered passages and explore new destinations. Your confidence should be growing by this point and you should feel more comfortable with more challenging weather conditions or trickier navigation.
Week 14: Milebuilder Week (5 days)
Your final chance to gain longer skippered passages - where you decide to sail to this week is your choice - your instructor is there to advise you but she'll be happy to take more of a back-seat role leaving you to make key decisions and problem-solve when needed.
Week 15: Skills and Experience Week (5 days)
We spend the week focusing on close quarters manoeuvres, sail trim and practicing subjects such as blind navigation, finding unlit marks at night and man overboard recovery under sail and power.
Week 16: Yachtmaster Prep Week and Exam (7 days)
Your final week of practice before the exam itself, this is the week to make those last minute mistakes and iron out any wrinkles in your knowledge! You'll use the week to revise both theory and practical subjects to make sure you feel ready for anything the examiner may ask of you during your exam. Dependent on the number of candidates for the exam, expect it to last from the Friday evening through to the Sunday (the exam will take about 8-12 hours for one candidate and between 5-9 hours per candidate where more than one candidate is being examined).
If you are intending to work in the industry as a qualified Yachtmaster, then you will need to have your Certificate of Competence commercially endorsed. To become commercially endorsed you will need the following:
A valid ML5 or ENG1 medical certificate*
Completion of the Professional Practices and Responsibilities Course (a compulsory online course for RYA Commercial Endorsement holders)
*We strongly advise anyone hoping to use their Yachtmaster qualification professionally to have a full eyesight test prior to booking the course to ensure that you aren't colour blind. This is less common in females than males but it would be a huge shame for you not to discover until the end of the course that you are colour blind and therefore unable to become commercially endorsed to work in the industry. Equally, if you are in any doubt about your medical fitness and ability to become commercially endorsed then we would advise you to seek medical advice prior to booking.