Assuming you are up to Day Skipper level of Competence and have all the required mileage under sail and in tidal waters then you can join our 4 Week RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Upgrade Course which includes:
- RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
- RYA Radar
- RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Navigational Practical
- 7 days Exam Preparation Weeks & RYA Yachtmaster Exam
Alternatively, you could gain extra experience with the following program:
- RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory
- RYA Radar
- RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Navigation Practical
- Mile Building and Skills Development
- 7 days Exam Preparation weeks & RYA Yachtmaster Exam
The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam thoroughly tests the Skipper’s ability and can therefore appear daunting to potential candidates, but well-prepared Skippers with the Proper Experience and Training need not worry. With practice and preparation, you should be able to relax sufficiently to let your skills shine through any Exam nerves.
The content of the RYA Day Skipper Theory & Practical Weeks are Vital as these are the foundation of your training and are needed to ensure that your Boat handling (including picking up a mooring and man over board) and Theoretical knowledge (including Chartwork, COLREGS and Meteorology) are up to standard in order to continue to an RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Standard.
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory (Sail and Motor Cruising)
The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory course is an Advanced Course in Chartwork, Navigation, Meteorology for Candidates of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exams.
The Theory Course is the Same for Motor and Sail.
Duration: 7 days
• Fixing Position and circle of uncertainty
• Tidal streams, Dead Reckoning and Estimated Position
• Magnetic Compass
• Buoyage and Lights
• Electronic Navigational aids/ echo sounders / logs and deck log
• Secondary Ports
• Calculating bridge clearances
• International Regulations for the Prevention at Collision at Sea
• Safety at Sea
• Conduct and behavior of vessels operating in or near conditions of restricted visibility
• Passage Planning
• Marine environment
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal practical
Put your theoretical knowledge from the Coastal/ Offshore Theory certification into practice as you take to the seas and improve your skills. While living aboard the yacht, you will get a chance to practice your seamanship, boat handling, heavy weather tactics, night sailing, coastal navigation and leadership/Skippering skills.
These weeks are also there for you to obtain your 60-mile skippered passages required for the RYA Offshore Practical Exam.
Duration: 5-7 days – weather dependent
• Passage Planning
• Preparation for Sea
• Passage-making and Ability as Skipper
• Yacht Handling under Power
• Yacht Handling under Sail
• Adverse Weather Conditions
• Emergency Situations
Mile Building including Skippered Passages and Skills & Development
The Skills Development and Mile Building trips place the emphasis on practical navigational experience by visiting as many ports as possible, going in and out of harbours along the coast.
This gives you the extra boat handling and skippering experience that you need, in some of the most challenging conditions in the world, rather than just 1 long passage.
You will also have the opportunity to gain all the mileage, sea time and night hours required for your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exams.
Including days as the Skipper, 60 mile passages and 60 mile passages as the Skipper required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Qualification.
All the mileage gained during these trips will be signed off in your Logbook.
The Skills Development trips will take you along some of the most unspoilt and beautiful coastlines in South Africa, including both the wonders of the cold waters of the west coast and the temperate waters of the well-known east coast.
Let us know exactly what pre-examination requirements you are needing before you join the Mile-building Course so that we can ensure that you gain the necessary during the weeks aboard.
• Passage planning
• Preparation for sea
• Passage making and ability as skipper
• Yacht handling under power
• Yacht handling under sail
• Adverse weather conditions Emergency situations
Exam Preparation week
This is unique within the RYA training framework in that it does not have a fixed course syllabus, length or course completion certificate. However, RYA Yachtmaster preparation training is generally 5 days long and followed by the practical exam.
The School and the Instructor will expect that you have all the pre-requisities to be eligible for an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam. In addition, they will be expecting a suitably experienced skipper and yachtsman/woman who can competently handle a boat under sail in close-quarter situations and at sea and has a depth of knowledge equivalent to that gained from attending an RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course. Most importantly, this knowledge should have been applied in a variety of situations during day and night passages.
You are required to have an RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory certificate and an RYA Radar certificate before attending.
Duration: 5 days plus 2 days for the exam.
To be eligible to take the Practical examination, candidates must be aged 18 or over and require:
• A Radio Operator’s Qualification – RYA SRC VHF Radio certificate
• A valid first aid certificate – ie Elementary First Aid Certificate
• Seatime – 50 days, 2,500 miles within 10 years prior to the examination, including at least 5 passages over 60 miles, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as a skipper. At least half the qualifying seatime must have been accrued in tidal waters.
Qualifying passages for RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and Offshore must be anon-stop, by the shortest navigate route with no change of skipper. Passages such as recognised races which may not comply exactly with these requirements may be submitted to the RYA for approval before the voyage.
Training skippers undertaking 60-mile passages are strongly advised to take a Coastal Skipper course first.
• International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
• Boat Handling
• General seamanship, including maintenance
• Responsibilities of the Skipper
After completing your preparation, you attend a two-day assessment, given by an RYA appointed examiner.
The exam will take about 8-12 hours for one candidate and between 5-9 hours per candidate where more than one candidate is being examined.
Candidates will be set tasks to allow them to demonstrate their ability as skipper of an offshore cruising yacht cruiser and may also be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all courses except RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.
RYA/MCA VHF Radio Operation SRC (Short Range Certificate) – required for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
PPR – Professional Practices and Responsibilities – required for Commercial Endorsement
STCW – required for Commercial Endorsement
ENG 1 Medical Examination – required before joining sail training
RYA/MCA Radar – required for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam
RYA/MCA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA/MCA Powerboat Level II
Super Yacht Deckhand