Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased theory course is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology.

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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology. It provides the theory base needed for candidates for both the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore examinations.

Advanced course in navigation

Our RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Yachtmaster Offshore Course provides the theory base needed for candidates for the Yachtmaster Coastal practical course and the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology and is suitable for both power and sail students.

The Yachtmaster Coastal/ Yachtmaster Offshore theory course takes the student to a higher level of navigational expertise. The course covers advanced topics like vessel stability and AIS systems in addition to helping students to develop more accurate and precise plotting skills. This level of course is essential for those who plan to go on and complete professional qualifications for a career at sea.

Careers in seamanship

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore qualification is now widely accepted as part of the studies required for more advanced professional qualifications such as Officer of the Watch (OOW) and Master 200 and is seen as indicative of a very high standard of seamanship.

Great value

There are no hidden extras with Splash Sea School; our price for the Yachtmaster Coastal/Yachtmaster Offshore theory course includes Plotter with drawing tools and all the books needed. This course takes approximately 60 hours of self-paced study to complete. Most students complete their courses in 2-3 months or less, which is the ideal length of time to maximise thorough learning - but you will have a full six months to work through the course from the day you purchase.

The RYA Yachtmaster theory qualification is seen as indicative of a very high standard of seamanship.

Student comments on their Yachtmaster theory course

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As soon as enrolled able to access materials especially as some as the course does not require materials such as dividers or charts so you get the good feeling that you have paid and you are getting something back and could start straight away and there was no peer pressure and can be done at own pace to suit personal situation.

The personalized help was greatly appreciated and any further information needed was always promptly given in a very friendly manner. Never felt silly for asking or like I was being too bothersome.

This is a superb course that has clearly been well thought out to deliver good quality training, using multimedia and teaching aids such as charts and plotters to their best with prompt and knowledgeable support and for distance learning it could not be better.

I needed a course with flexibility because I wanted to learn the different modules in an individual way. The most impressive thing - really outstanding - was the response of John if I had some questions. He always esponded immediately. Really an unforgettable experience.

Typical Yachtmaster candidates

The Splash Yachtmaster course is suitable for those with a range of sailing experience, from limited to experienced, for both leisure and commercial mariners, and covers the theory required for Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore certificates.

Candidates should normally have completed a Day Skipper Theory course, or be at that level of knowledge. While the Splash course covers all the topics from a basic level, those without previous experience will most likely have to complete additional study. Typical Yachtmaster candidates will include:

  • Experienced sailors and power boaters wishing to achieve the advanced status of Yachtmaster
  • Students wishing to make a career in the commercial world of the professional seaman or woman
  • Those already in the professional sailing world seeking to move on to achieve senior officer appointments
  • Sailors and power boaters planning to voyage further offshore
  • Day Skipper certificate holders planning to study navigation to a greater depth

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Contained in your RYA Yachtmaster course pack

Your Splash pack of charts and books will be courier shipped for normally next day delivery.

RYA Yachtmaster Theory Charts and Books Pack
RYA Electronic Chart Plotter (Download), RYA Yachtmaster Advanced Theory Book, RYA Training Almanac, RYA YM1 Exercises and course information book, RYA Training Chart 3, RYA Training Chart 4, RYA Weather Booklet, Reeds Skipper's Handbook - (course reference book), Splash Chart Plotter Breton Style, Dividers - single handed, Compasses, 2B chartwork pencil, special pencil eraser for chartwork, rope.
Very quick responses with clear explanations and additional practices - with an open and welcoming offer of more input in a range of ways - written, videos, exercises and offers of phonecalls. I really appreciated the very prompt replies to any queries I had - and the additional exercises were very helpful.

Dawn H.

Some of the amazing things you’ll learn on your Splash course

Fast, easy, and affordable way to build your skills

Latitude and Longitude

The Magnetic Compass



Tidal Streams




GPS & Electronic Aids to Navigation

Echo Sounders

Logs (Speed and Distance)

Deck Log


Rule of the Road

Safety at Sea

Navigation in Restricted Visibility

Passage Planning

Marine Environment


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Further reading at the RYA Book Shop

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The benefits of Splash

Great depth of learning with fun on the way means you will achieve the status of expert navigator. Recognised worldwide, your qualification will be your passport to boating success or a professional career in the superyacht world.

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