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6 days
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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The RYA Yachtmaster theory is a 6-day advanced course for skippers and navigators building on the RYA Day skipper theory. After completing this course, you will have a thorough knowledge of all the theory required to complete an offshore passage.

Course programme

This course is essential for anybody who is working towards their Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence. The Yachtmaster theory course is a comprehensive look at all the areas of navigation from basic chartwork to secondary port calculations providing the Navigator with a real understanding of how to navigate on Coastal or offshore passages. The topics covered within the RYA Yachtmaster theory course will be consistent with subjects covered during your practical exam.

Completing a shore based course means you learn with a group of like-minded people. Your instructor with in depth knowledge of the subject can pass on the top tips, with real life stories and ways to overcome common issues. You have access to all the publications,VHF radio’s, Radar simulators and knowledge that Flying Fish provides.

Superyacht crew

The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is a requirement for anybody working towards their Officer of the Watch certificate.


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


  • The RYA Yachtmaster theory pack and training almanac

Dates & pricing

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

For the Yachtmaster Theory course you would have completed RYA Day skipper theory or 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.

We will provide Portland plotters and dividers, used during the course. You can purchase your own Portland plotter and divider kit. if required for further practice



Full itinerary

The course is a classroom based intensive course covering all aspects of navigation. You will cover the following subjects, not necessarily in this order:

Day 1

  • Introduction, tools of the navigator, charts, almanacs, time zones, 5011, chart corrections.
  • Tidal theory, tables, springs and neaps, tidal diamonds.
  • Raster and vector charts.
  • Tidal heights.

Day 2

  • I.R.P.C.S
  • GPS, electronic aids to navigation and their limitations.
  • Tidal streams, EP and CTS, Leeway and ETA calculations.
  • International Maritime Regulations

Day 3

  • Tidal streams, EP and CTS, Leeway and ETA calculations.
  • Quick plotting techniques.
  • Meteorology, world weather, terminology, GRIB files and how to interpret a forecast
  • Safety, seamanship and environment.
  • Passage planning

Day 4

  • Pilotage and passage planning.
  • Visual aids to Navigation,leading lights and clearing bearings
  • Buoyage.
  • Meteorology, passage of frontal depression. Sea breeze’s and Fog

Day 5

  • Chartwork exercises/revision.
  • Tidal stream exercises.
  • IRPCS, leading lights and clearing bearings.
  • Meteorology

Day 6

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.


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