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2 weeks
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Our RYA Yachtmaster Power Course is a comprehensive route through to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore. An intensive two-week course combining both RYA Yachtmaster Theory and the Practical Coastal or Offshore Prep and Exam.

This course is ideal for Superyacht crew who are looking to take the next stage towards lead Deckhand, Bosun.

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.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

Yachtmaster Offshore is the most popular route. Superyacht crew who are looking to progress to lead deckhand or Bosun are usually required to hold Yachtmaster Offshore. The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is a prerequisite for the Efficient Deckhand course and a requirement for Officer of the Watch.

The Sea time requirements for the Yachtmaster offshore can be found in the prerequisites section below. For a more comprehensive look at what certificates, sea time and skippered passages are required then take a look at the following link. If you have any questions then feel free to contact us

Requirements for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam 

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

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.

If you own your own Motorboat and are looking for a qualification that provides confidence then we recommend the Yachtmaster Coastal route

Where to stay

If you choose our self-catering accommodation option, then our crew houses in Cowes are comfortable and centrally located. Just a 2-minute walk to the town and our training centre, this will take the stress out of finding your own accommodation.


  • RYA Yachtmaster theory packs, almanacs, and certification
  • All training, fuel, and berthing fees included
  • 100 miles logged

£224 Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal exam fee is not included.

Dates & pricing

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 sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam
  • Logbook/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

RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course.

Tuesday to Friday, you will cover all aspects of navigation, meteorology, passage planning, pilotage, IRPCS, secondary ports and tidal navigation exercises.


You will sit two exams during the day, chart work, IRPCS. You will be awarded the RYA Yachtmaster Theory certificate on successful completion.


Day off.


  • 10 am join the boat in Cowes
  • Introduction to the boat, and safety producers onboard
  • 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 buoys
  • 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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