Our two-week Yachtmaster Power Theory and Practical is an all-inclusive course combining the Yachtmaster Theory and the practical prep week.

This course is popular with experienced Superyacht Deckhands, crew from the commercial maritime sector, or those with RYA Yachtmaster sail looking to convert to Yachtmaster Power.

The RYA Yachtmaster qualification

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power Certificate of Competence allows the holder to skipper of a motorboat up to 24 meters in length, 150 miles from a safe haven. Add STCW Basic Safety Training, and you have a qualification to skipper a motorboat up to 200GT, which may be more than 24 meters.

Course Overview

Our two-week course starts with RYA Yachtmaster Theory. The advantage of the combined theory and practical course is the navigation is fresh in your memory, and you have all your notes to refer back to. We find that customers help and encourage each other and learn a lot more than if studying at home.

Week two is the practical prep week, with five days of practical training, putting the theory into practice as well as learning how to manage the yacht and its systems, mooring, as well as a whole host of other skills required to be a competent skipper. A day-by-day breakdown of what is covered can be found in the key facts below.

Course prerequisites

Customers joining for RYA Yachtmaster Theory would have completed RYA Day skipper theory before or have equivalent knowledge. We recognise that not all customers sit at a chart table every day, so before you join the course, we will provide some background reading.

For the practical prep course, you must have the prerequisite miles and experience, which you must document and provide to the examiner before you sit the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. Some key requirements are:

  • You must have been to sea for at least 50 days.
  • Completed 2500 miles in the last ten years.
  • Within the 2,500 miles above, you have completed at least five passages (known as qualifying passages) of over 60 miles. You would have been acting as skipper for two of these passages.
  • You must hold a valid First Aid certificate.   Please note that if you hold an STCW Elementary First Aid, it must have been issued in the last five years.
  • Hold a GMDSS-compliant marine radio license, such as the RYA VHF short-range radio certificate.

These are just the headlines. We recommend you read our comprehensive guide on the Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal exam requirements. If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we can guide you through.

The RYA Yachtmaster Exam

The Yachtmaster exam is conducted by an RYA examiner independent of Flying Fish. Your instructor will not be onboard for the duration of the exam. The RYA examiner will look at all areas of the Yachtmaster syllabus and assess each candidate’s practical and navigational skills. Your examiner will complete a report form detailing skills covered during the exam. 

The Yachtmaster exam will take between 24 and 36 hours to complete.

The Solent offers a great training ground with numerous ports, strong tides, and traffic. Training in the Solent will improve your knowledge of skippering a small motorboat. 

Flying Fish is based in Cowes, in the middle of the Solent; therefore, we can operate in almost any weather conditions.

There are a maximum of four candidates on this course.

The RYA charges £231 for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam, which is not included in the course price. You can add the exam fee to the course fees below or pay the RYA directly on the exam day.

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What our previous customers have to say

What an absolute honour and pleasure it was being a part of Flying Fish family for the 2 weeks I completed with them! From the professional, helpful and attentive staff to fun, laughter and memories.

Monika B

Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.

Ossia M

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Accommodation 2 weeks

Single room in shared accommodation.

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