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2 weeks
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Our RYA Yachtmaster Power Theory and Practical 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 the Yachtmaster certificate?

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 ressurance that you are competent to go to sea.

This course is suitable for skippers who want to complete the RYA Yachtmaser 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 to hold the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence. For crew working towards OOW then the Yachtmaster is a requirement along with RYA Yachtmaster theory. Once you complete our Yachtmaster Power Theory and Practical Course then you are eligible for the *Efficient Deck Hand Course.

Before you start

We want to make sure you have the required knowledge and experience to join the course, the prerequisites are listed below. If all your sea time has been on a Superyacht, please be aware that the requirements for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam state: 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 instructors 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 learnt.

Week two

Yachtmaster Power Prep Course consolidates all the practical skills you have learnt 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.

Being a Yachtmaster is about taking command so time will be spent learning how to make the safe and correct decisions. Your instructor will go through all the skills that is required of a competent Yachtmaster, master these skills then you will be confident to pass the exam.


Having a good knowledge of radar, MARPA and radar plotting techniques will form part of the Yachtmaster exam. You will learn how to use the radar onboard, however if you are totally new to radar then we recommend joining our one-day RYA Radar Course.

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.


  • 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
27/04/2020 10/05/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Waitlisted, please call +441983 280641
21/09/2020 04/10/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course only
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
19/10/2020 01/11/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course only
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
23/11/2020 06/12/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course only
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.


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.


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


  • 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


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


  • 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


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


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


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.