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£1,880
2 weeks
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Overview

Our RYA Yachtmaster Power Course (also known as Yachtmaster Motor Course)is a comprehensive route through to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. An intensive two-week course combining both RYA Yachtmaster Theory and the Practical Offshore Prep and Exam.

This course is ideal for Superyacht crew who are looking to take the next stage towards Lead Deckhand, Bosun, or Officer of the Watch.

What is a Yachtmaster certificate of competence?

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

There are two routes through to the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.

Not all candidates have the sea time or command experience for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. Candidates with 800 miles logged choose the Yachtmaster Coastal certificate. Furthermore, some skippers have no intention of going offshore and want to stick to coastal waters.  By completing the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal means you have a certificate of competence and that reassurance that you are competent to go to sea.

Is this the right course for me?

  • If you are working on a large yacht, are looking to progress to Lead Deckhand, Bosun or studying for OOW then this is the right course for you.
  • This course is suitable for skippers or owners of motorboats looking to improve skills both theory and practical achieving the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal certificate of competence

Currently working on a Superyacht?

If the next step for you is lead Deckhand or Bosun then you will need, at some point to complete the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence. For crew working towards OOW then the Yachtmaster Offshore AND Yachtmaster theory are required (see section 3.3 in MSN 1856 for clarification).

Before you start

We want to make sure you have the required knowledge and experience to join the course, the prerequisites are listed below. A full description of the requirements and how to record yout sea time can be found in the requirements for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam 

If you have been working on a yacht over 24m in length please note that at least 50% of your qualifying mileage (1,250 miles) must have been completed in a vessel less than 24 meters. 

Course syllabus

Week one

The RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course is an advanced navigation course for skippers who are looking to go offshore. Completing an intensive classroom-based course provides you with the instructor’s knowledge, experience, and real-life examples that will help all learners grasp the more complex navigational problems.

The advantage of a combined course is that you will put your navigational skills to practice in the Yachtmaster Power Prep Week, allowing you to consolidate skills learned.

Week two

Yachtmaster Power Prep Course consolidates all the practical skills you have learned to date. A lot of time will be spent mooring a twin-engine boat in different conditions. You will learn how to moor the boat if one engine fails, emergency MOB procedures, daylight, and night time navigational exercises.

The most important part of being a Yachtmaster is your ability to take command of the yacht. We will spend time working on your leadership and decision making skills so that you always make the safe and correct decision. Your instructor will go through all the practical skills that are required of a competent Yachtmaster.

Accommodation (not included)

If you require accommodation for the duration of your training, please advise a member of the Flying Fish team at the time of booking.


Inclusions

  • RYA Yachtmaster theory packs, certificate and training almanac
  • All training, fuel and berthing fees included
  • 100 miles logged
  • Lunch, snacks and refreshments are provided onboard

£210 Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal exam fee is not included.



Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
17/08/2020 30/08/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Waitlisted, please call +441983 280641
21/09/2020 04/10/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
19/10/2020 01/11/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight 2 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
02/11/2020 15/11/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight 2 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
23/11/2020 06/12/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight 3 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
25/01/2021 07/02/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
15/02/2021 28/02/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
08/03/2021 21/03/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 3 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
29/03/2021 11/04/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
13/09/2021 26/09/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
04/10/2021 17/10/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
25/10/2021 07/11/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
22/11/2021 05/12/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
06/12/2021 19/12/2021 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 spaces available
Course only
£1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

To sit the Yachtmaster Offshore Power exam, you are required to hold:

  • 50 days and 2,500 sea miles 
  • 5 passages of over 60 miles, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages
  • 2 of 5 passages above would have involved overnight passages
  • At least 5 days acting as skipper
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam
  • Log book/ evidence of sea time and passages required
  • A GMDSS short range VHF radio certificate
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • You must be 18 years of age or older

Please be aware that at least 50% of your qualifying mileage (1,250 miles) must have been completed in a vessel less than 24 meters.


Full itinerary

Monday – Friday

You will join us in Cowes at 10:00am on Monday to start your RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course. Tuesday to Friday the course will run from 09:00am – 6:00pm. You will cover all aspects of navigation, meteorology, passage planning, pilotage, IRPCS, secondary ports and tidal navigation exercises.

Saturday

You will sit three exams during the day, chart work, IRPCS and meteorology. You will be awarded the RYA Yachtmaster Theory certificate on successful completion of all three.

Sunday

Day off. Optional RYA Radar course if you would like to refresh your skills.

Monday

  • 10am join the boat in Cowes
  • Introduction to the boat, systems and safety producers onboard
  • About the exam, what to expect and personal goals
  • Engineering, engines, control systems and what to look out for
  • Boat handling
  • Marina berthing
  • MOB and recovery at sea

Tuesday

  • Engine checks/safety brief
  • Navigational exercises during daytime passage
  • Anchoring
  • Picking up mooring buoys
  • MOB and recovery
  • Marina berthing
  • Night-time navigational exercises

Wednesday

  • Engine checks/safety brief
  • Marina berthing/confined space boat handling
  • Single engine berthing
  • Picking up mooring bouys
  • Navigational exercises day-time
  • Collision regs/quiz/use of radar
  • Night-time navigational exercises

Thursday

  • Engine checks/safety brief
  • Navigational exercises during day-time passage
  • Picking up mooring buoys
  • Marina berthing/confined space exercises
  • Single engine berthing

Friday

  • Engine checks/safety brief
  • Navigational exercises during day-time passage
  • Boat handling exercises/single engine berthing
  • MOB and recovery
  • Revision of the Yachtmaster syllabus

Saturday/Sunday

The weekend is when the examiner will join the boat, and your instructor will step off. The Yachtmaster Power exam will last between 12 and 48 hours depending on the number of candidates being examined, maximum of 4 in any 2 day session. The exam will take place within the Solent. The examiner will ask each candidate to perform a series of practical and navigational exercises based on the weather and tidal conditions of the day.

 


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The course starts at 10am on the start date and finishes at 5pm on the finish date.