The RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course is an advanced yachtmaster course in navigation and meteorology. It provides the theory base needed for candidates for the Coastal Skipper practical course and the Yachtmaster Offshore exam.

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RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course Syllabus

The Splash RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course prepares the student thoroughly for either the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore practical examinations.

Our RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course covers much more than the RYA requirement; the Splash course includes information on modern navigation tools such as radar and AIS, making the Splash course the most completely up-to-date and comprehensive learning vehicle for both the professional and leisure sailor. Our RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course is divided into manageable sized modules, addressing the RYA syllabus and the chapter headings are given below:

Latitude and Longitude
Finding your way around a chart, accurately.

The Magnetic Compass
Understanding where your compass points

Working out reference data to understand where you are on a chart or plotter

Causes and effects for the mariner.

Tidal Streams
How to understand, calculate and use them to your advantage

The Marine road signs

Night time navigation

Navigating close to land

GPS & Electronic Aids to Navigation
Latest innovations – benefits and limitation

Echo Sounders
Use and application – an underestimated navigation tool

Logs (Speed and Distance)
One of the oldest means of navigating and still valuable today

Deck Log
The importance of recording navigation data

The science behind this and its effects on the mariner. Forecasting.

Rule of the Road
The Navigator's Highway Code

Safety at Sea
Sensible approaches

Navigation in Restricted Visibility
How to handle the navigator's nightmare – fog.

Passage Planning
Getting where you want to go in a controlled manner

Marine Environment
Really important aspects of conserving and protecting the seas

Safe parking for sailors

Lastly there are three exam papers for this course, Meteorology, Collision Regulations and Chartwork

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Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course Modules

  • Latitude and Longitude
  • The Magnetic Compass
  • Position
  • Tides
  • Tidal Streams
  • Buoyage
  • Lights
  • Pilotage
  • GPS & Electronic Aids to Navigation
  • Echo Sounders
  • Logs (Speed and Distance)
  • Deck Log
  • Meteorology
  • Rule of the Road
  • Safety at Sea
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Marine Environment
  • Anchoring
  • Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster Final Exam

55 hours with 3 examination papers is the likely duration for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course. Additional reading and study materials are suggested, and further practice exercises are provided.

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