The Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.
The Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.
Certificates are becoming increasingly important in the international world of sailing. Charter companies liabilities become heavier as more people explore exotic and far away waters that are far free from risks. Insurance companies demand more and proven experience from skippers on charter- or rental yachts. This tendency is noticeable as professional and semi-professional charterskippers enhance their position by obtaining internationally recognised certificates. Yachtmaster is such a certificate. Not only does it display your level as a sailor, it is also one of the sailing documents recognized throughout the world.
During the prep course, (which is only a final prep for the exam, your skills and theory should be already on the Yachtmaster level) you will receive some final training in several techniques of boat handling, navigation, pilotage, man overboard recovery and overall yacht management skills and advanced skippering as can be expected to be examined during the RYA Yachtmaster exam. If needed we will also give you some support in the theoretical subjects that could come across during the exam. Excellent training days, even for those that are not yet doing their yachtmaster exam.
Please see the RYA website or call us at 070-351 4858 for a complete overview of all theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for the exam.