Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Coastal
The RYA Yachtmaster Scheme consists of two Certificates of Competence, they are recognised around the world as some of the most useful and credible sailing qualifications.
Assessed by independent examiners your ability as skipper will be thoroughly tested.
Whilst this can appear daunting you will have nothing to worry about if you are well prepared. For this reason most candidates choose to take a 5 day preparation course prior to the exam to ensure that they are fully prepared.
This guide will help prepare you for your RYA Yachtmaster Exam.
Click HERE For a full look at the syllabus and what you may be tested on during your RYA Yachtmaster Exam
Full details on the RYA’s Website.
Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachmaster Offshore – What’s the Difference?
The definition of a Yachtmaster is, a yachtsman or woman competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage that can be completed without the use of astronavigation.
A Yachtmaster Offshore candidate should be able to enter any well-charted harbour for the first time, with sufficient depth, by day or night.
A Yachtmaster Coastal candidate has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.
In other words, the theory is the same for both, but less practical experience and skill is required for the Yachtmaster Coastal exam.
Yachtmaster Exam – 5 Day Preparation Course
Whilst there is no requirement for you to attend a course before your exam, most candidates do. Courses normally run Saturday to Wednesday with Thursday and Friday reserved for the exam.
5 Day Yachtmaster Preparation Courses are specifically aimed at focusing in on areas of the exam that you are going unlikely to have practised in your day to day sailing. It is an intensive course designed to prepare you in all areas before your exam.
Whilst there is no formal syllabus for this course your instructor will quickly the strengths and weaknesses of the group and help everyone in the specific areas where they need it.
Other advantages of joining a preparation course
As with any exam, the more practice you have beforehand, the more confident you will feel and the greater your of passing.
What Happens During an RYA Yachtmaster Exam?
Firstly don’t overly worry about the examiner, they are there to assess your abilities and understand that you will be nervous. They are trained to get the best out of you, not encourage you to fail.
How long does the Yachtmaster exam last?
What will I be tested on?
This is where the examiner will focus most. He will expect to see you