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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.

Gaining the RYA Yachtmaster provides acknowledgement from the RYA examiner that the skipper has reached the highest level of competence. A reassurance that you can make the right and safe decisions when taking a motorboat to sea.

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 RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is a requirement as well as the RYA Yachtmaster theory. With Flying Fish you can combine the RYA Yachtmaster Theory and Practical in one two week 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 at least 50% of your qualifying mileage (1,250 miles) must have been completed in a vessel less than 24 meters.  In addition to the qualifiing mileage candidates will need a thorough understanding the practical Navigation, IRPCS, Met and passage planning similar to that overed within the RYA’s Yachtmaster theory course. If you have not sat at the chart table for a while then do consider the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course.

You can find some more information regarding the requirements for the Yachtmaster exam, sea time and here

Course syllabus

The Yachtmaster Power Prep Course consolidates all the skills you have learnt so far in one practical training course. A lot of time will be spent mooring the boat and confined space boat handling, which is what most customers want to master. 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.


Having a good knowledge or radar, MARPA and radar plotting techniques will form part of the Yachtmaster exam. You will learn how to use the radar onboard but if you are 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.


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

£210 Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal exam fee is not included.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
28/09/2020 04/10/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Waitlisted, please call +441983 280641
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Fully booked. Call us and we can put you on our wait list.
26/10/2020 01/11/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight 1 space left
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Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
09/11/2020 15/11/2020 Cowes, Isle of Wight Waitlisted, please call +441983 280641
Course only
Fully booked. Call us and we can put you on our wait list.

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


  • Join the boat at 10:00am in Cowes for the course briefing
  • 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
  • Night Navigation exercises


  • Engine checks/safety brief
  • Navigational exercises during day-time passage
  • Radar
  • 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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