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Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Our Yachtmaster Power Prep Course is a one-week practical course to consolidate what you have learnt in preparation for the practical assessment.

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

RYA Yachtmaster Theory

To pass the practical exam candidates are required to have an excellent knowledge of Navigation. If you have not completed the RYA Yachtmaster theory course then we recommend you consider joining our two-week theory and practical course

Where to stay

If you choose our self-catering accommodation option, then our crew houses in Cowes are comfortable and centrally located.  You will have your own room and space to complete homework and chat through the day with others on the course. Our accommodation is a 5-minute walk to the town and our training centre. 


  • All training, fuel and berthing fees included
  • 100 miles logged
  • Accommodation is not provided onboard.

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

Dates & pricing

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

To sit the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power exam, you are required to have completed:

  • 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

* At least 1,250 sea miles must have been completed on a vessel less than 24M in length

Full itinerary


  • Introduction to the boat, systems, and safety producers onboard
  • About the exam, what to expect
  • 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 in the Solent
  • 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
  • Night Navigation exercises


  • Engine checks/safety brief
  • Navigational exercises in the Solent
  • Radar
  • Picking up mooring buoys
  • Marina berthing/confined space exercises
  • Single engine berthing


  • Engine checks/safety brief
  • Navigational exercises in the Solent
  • Boat handling exercises/single engine berthing
  • MOB and recovery
  • Revision of the Yachtmaster syllabus


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, a 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.

Please note: due to weather constraints the Yachtmaster exam may start on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Related courses

Have you completed your VHF course?

STCW Elementary First Aid Certificates may need to be refreshed if more than 5 years old

If you have not completed the RYA Yachtmaster and would like to brush up on your Navigational skills, then why not join our two-week Yachtmaster Theory and Practical Course, or book as a standalone module