RYA Yachtmaster

Offshore Package

Our Yachtmaster Offshore Package provides you with the standard internationally recognised qualifications and skills needed to succeed and become an expert sailor and the ability to work in the yachting industry.

With no prior experience, this course takes you through all the RYA training modules up to Yachtmaster Offshore, along with several additional short courses, training and commercial endorsement requirements to ensure a high level of competence and confidence.

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore packaged program is a major package involving a large amount of invested time, energy, commitment and money. As times have changed the journey to achieve a Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence has become shorter.

We have a global reputation as a school that produces excellent sailors.

You will receive at least 2,500 nautical miles of thorough sail training for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean exams, if you choose to continue to Ocean.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence, which is valid for use as a Master of Yachts, up to 200gt in Category 0 waters (unlimited). You may choose to have this commercially endorsed for international working purposes.

Pre-course requirements: None.

However, we strongly recommend that an ENG1 medical examination is undertaken prior to joining the course to prevent disappointment if it is later found that your health prevents you from participating.


Approximately 15-18 Weeks (weather dependent) including Commercial Endorsement courses.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Package Content

  • RYA Competent Crew Practical
  • RYA Short Range Certificate for DSC VHF Radio – online with a shore based exam
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Practical
  • 6 Weeks of Mile building and skills development including 60-mile passages, including Ocean Sights An Ocean Adventure trip from Cape Town to St. Helena Island in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean and back to Cape Town.
  • 7 days RYA Exam Preparation followed by 2 days of practical examination for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

Included in the Course fees are:

  • Training material for the week, if applicable.

The use of books, tools and equipment necessary for training:

  • Calculator
  • Plotter
  • Divider
  • RYA Training Almanac (Southern Hemisphere)
  • South African List of Lights and Radio Signals
  • Symbols and Abbreviations used on South African Charts
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs)

We will also provide you with the following which you will be able to keep:

  • Personal Logbook
  • Yachtmaster Sailing School pen and pencil
  • 72-page blank quad exercise book
  • Blank almanac pages for theory.

You will have full use of RYA Reference Books and navigation equipment.


RYA/MCA Powerboat Level II
YOA Super Yacht Deckhand 
Commercial Endorsement course

Working internationally in the maritime industry, requires you to have your Certificate of Competence commercially endorsed.

The following certificates are necessary:

  • STCW
  • ENG1
  • RYA PPR (Professional Practices and Responsibilities) online course

STCW certificates are internationally recognized marine safety certificates, which are required to enable you to work on commercial vessels in any maritime industry. Included are Elementary First Aid; Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention; Personal Survival Techniques with Proficiency in Life Raft; Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities; Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
Valid for 5 years from date of issue.
Duration: 11 days

RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities (PPR)
PPR is an RYA online course required for commercial endorsement.
Yachtmaster Sailing School will register you online to take the course.
You can take this course any time prior to your commercial endorsement application or renewal. Your PPR certificate will be valid either for your Commercial Endorsement application or your next renewal.

ENG 1 Medical Examination
This Internationally accredited and recognized medical examination is vital to further your career on commercial vessels in the yachting and super yachting industries. Only medicals conducted by an MCA approved Medical Practical (not a General Practitioner) will be accepted.
Valid for 24 months from date of issue.


Students are required to bring the following on their first day with Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School:

  • R1,500.00 CASH deposit /security for any loss or damage to yachts, equipment etc. At the end of your training, if no loss or damage has been noted, the deposit will be returned to you in cash.
  • R100 CASH deposit for a temporary access card to Royal Cape Yacht Club. Students are requested to make their way directly to the reception on their first day and pay the deposit and receive the card. At the end of your training, please return the card to Reception where the deposit will be returned to you.
  • Colour passport photographs for the following certificates: SRC Radio, RYA Day Skipper Practical, RYA Coastal Skipper Practical, Prep & Exam (x2), Commercial Endorsement Application, RYA Powerboat level 2.
  • A sleeping bag for practical courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. Costs R500.
  • Foul weather clothing, for practical on-board courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. (10% discount offered only to our booked students).

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