The RYA Yachtmaster Theory Qualification takes students to a much higher level of navigational expertise and is indicative of a very high standard of seamanship.

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RYA Yachtmaster Theory Qualification

The RYA Yachtmaster Qualification is achieved with the same course for both Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Coastal Qualifications.

The RYA Yachtmaster Theory Qualification is aimed at those who already have achieved skills to Day Skipper level. It is the current course for both the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Qualifications. The difference between these two qualifications is in the practical experience and ability displayed and tested in the examination on the water. The same in depth level of theory knowledge is expected for both. The Splash Theory course is equally applicable for both power and sail students, in both tidal and non-tidal situations.

The RYA Yachtmaster qualification is accepted worldwide as a clear marker of high navigation and marine expertise. It is one basic element that is essential in going forward and working professionally in the marine industry in both leisure and commercial sectors.

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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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