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1 week
Sydney, Australia


This live-aboard course provides a final brush up of skills and theory knowledge and leads to a practical assessment, conducted independently by an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner. Depending on your prior skills and experience or personal goal your objective may be a Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal Certificate of Competence.

Course programme

Our Yachtmaster courses are designed for candidates who have successfully completed our Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean course, or who have gained the equivalent experience independently. We aim to polish your existing skills to make you exam ready.

Practical skills

During the training days, you will practice boat handling, safety and emergency procedures, pilotage and navigation. We make sure you run through many of the exercises you can expect to encounter in the exam itself. If you are uncertain of your practical skills as skipper we recommend you join our Yachtmaster Practical Training week before you attend this course.

Theory knowledge

The course doesn’t allow time to teach you the IRPCS, tidal heights, or navigation from scratch. If you are in any way uncertain of your theory knowledge we encourage you to attend a Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory course or contact one of our training advisors before applying for a place on this course.

Yachtmaster examination

During the Yachtmaster examination, you will be asked to demonstrate your boat handling and navigation skills, under power and sail, in a variety of conditions and situations by day and night. You will be questioned on Meteorology, IRPCS, safety procedures and, most importantly, your practical ability to handle the yacht and crew as the person in charge. You will also be given a number of simulated emergency situations to deal with.

The Yachtmaster examiner will want to be satisfied with your ability to manage the crew as well as with your technical skills on board. The primary assessment is whether or not you are safe and able to take a yacht, potentially up to 200 gross tonnes on a Coastal or Offshore passage.

You will be one of four crew all sitting the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam. You will not be examined continuously over the two-days but, when not asked to do a task, the examiner will be looking at your conduct as a crew member.

After the sail exam

Your examiner will give you a one-to-one debrief to let you know how you got on. The examiner will then send all documentation to the RYA for processing and you will receive your Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal Certificate of Competence in the post. If you are considering working as a professional skipper then see our guide about what a Yachtmaster is for further information on Commercial Endorsement. You will also require an ENG 1 medical qualification.


  • 100 miles logged.
  • All safety equipment and tuition.

Exam fees are not included in the price of this course. The RYA exam fee is payable to the examiner on the day. $405 for Coastal and $465 for Offshore.

Dates & pricing

Sorry, there are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must be 18+ to complete this course and you must be a competent sailor with at least 50 days on a sailing yacht. You must possess a RYA logbook or a sailing CV filled out with all your experience and skippered passages.

In the last 10 years, you must have completed 2,400 miles on a sailing yacht, completed 5 passages of over 60 miles (with two being at night and two as a skipper), have a valid First Aid certificate, and have a VHF/SRC radio certificate.

You must have competent knowledge of IRPCS, meteorology, tides, passage planning, chart work and navigation, safety, and engine checks.

For more information on the prerequisites for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore sail exam then click here.

All students are required to secure travel insurance for the duration of their course.


Full itinerary

Monday  – Yachtmaster skills training, theory and IRPCS recap
Tuesday – Yachtmaster practical skills training
Wednesday – Yachtmaster practical straining/exam/ exam begins at 1700
Thursday – Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal exam
Friday – Exams and debrief

Related courses

We recommend joining us for our STCW Basic Safety Training course. Having STCW Basic Safety certification means you are able to apply to the RYA for the RYA/MCA Master of Yachts, which allows the holder to skipper a sailing yacht to 200 gross tonnes (may be over 24m in length).