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

Our Yachtmaster Power Theory and Practical Course is a comprehensive route through to RYA Yachmaster 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 Officer of the Watch.

Working at sea

Holding the RYA Yachtmaster Power Certificate of Competence opens the door to a new career as a skipper of a Motor Yacht, up to 24 meters in length. 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.

Superyacht crew

If you are working on a Superyacht and are looking for the next step on your route to Officer of the Watch, then you will be aware that you require RYA Yachtmaster Theory as well as the Yachtmaster Offshore practical certificate.

Once you complete our Yachtmaster Power Theory and Practical Course then you are eligible for the Efficient Deck Hand Course. The prerequisites for the Efficient Deck Hand Course are:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • 17 years of age or older
  • 6 months sea service on vessels over 15 meters in length

It is worth noting that since January 2017 seafarers must hold the EDH for 18 months prior to completing the exam for OOW. Those looking for a career on a Superyacht should complete this course as soon as possible.

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.

Before you start

We want to make sure you have the required knowledge and experience to join the course, of which the prerequisites are listed below. If you have any questions at all about your experience then feel free to contact us and we can help you make the next step.

Accommodation ashore

Flying Fish can provide accommodation for you in one of our crew houses in Cowes. Nice, comfortable and centrally located, just a 2-minute walk to the town and our training centre. You will be able to mix and socialise with other people on the course, revise in comfort and have time to relax and get a good night sleep.


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 Exam Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal exam fee not included.


Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
15/07/2019 28/07/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course price £1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£240Shared Self-Catering accommodation
02/09/2019 15/09/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course price £1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
23/09/2019 06/10/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course price £1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£420Shared Self-Catering accommodation
21/10/2019 03/11/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course price £1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£420Shared Self-Catering accommodation
18/11/2019 01/12/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course price £1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
09/12/2019 22/12/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Course price £1,880
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£420Shared Self-Catering accommodation

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

For the Yachtmaster Theory Course you would have completed RYA Day Skipper Theory of have an understanding of:

  • Chart work, estimate position, tidal calculations, course to steer and symbols used
  • Can interpret a weather forecast from a weather chart, highs and lows, how a sea breeze develops and terminology used in a forecast
  • Sailing and collision regulations, lights and shapes
  • Passage planning and pilotage

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

  • 50 days and 2,500 sea miles logged
  • 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
  • A GMDSS short range VHF radio certificate
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • You must be 18 years of age or older

Full itinerary

Monday – Friday

You will join us in Cowes at 10am on Monday to start your RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course. From Tuesday to Friday the course will run from 9am – 5pm. 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

Thursday

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

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.