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To start from the beginning – NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

We will teach you everything you need to know.

Pre-course requirements: ENG1 medical and preferably STCW.

This is a major package involving a large amount of time, energy, commitment and money.
We include additional training weeks to ensure you leave our program well prepared. We have a global reputation as a school that ensures that excellent sailors emerge from our program.

Our Yachtmaster Offshore Package provides you with the standard internationally recognised qualifications and skills needed to succeed and become an expert sailor.
With no prior experience, this course takes you through all the RYA training modules up to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. We also offer additional short courses, training and commercial endorsement requirements to ensure a high level of capability and confidence.

We will provide you with 2500 nautical miles of thorough sail training required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence, which is valid for use as a Master of Yachts, up to 200gt in Category 1 waters (150 nm from a safe haven).

On board, the aim is to expose you to as many different situations as possible. Practical courses are mostly run in the Langebaan/Saldanha Bay area, however we also run from the Royal Cape Yacht Club and along the Southern African Coast.
We take a maximum of five students per course and transport is provided should the course run in Langebaan/Saldanha Bay area.


Package content:

RYA Competent Crew Practical
RYA Day Skipper Theory
RYA Day Skipper Practical
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Practical
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Radar
YMOSS Mile Building & Skills Development (approx. 6 weeks) to make up 2500nm for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Exam
Exam Preparation and RYA Yachtmaster Practical Exam

Venue: Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town and Yachtport SA, Saldanha Bay

+-13 Weeks (weather dependent)

All prices include 15% VAT and are payable to Yachtmaster Sailing School.

For International transfers, please add an extra R400 for clearance bank fees.

Please contact us for our package deals:
Tel: +27 21 788 1009
Mobile: +27 82 088 7186 (WhatsApp welcome – please include your name in the message)

RYA theory packs and course completion certificates for theory and practical courses.
Your personal RYA logbook.
Food, accommodation and transport to Saldanha Bay and back for practical courses



On Shore accommodation and meals when not on board the training yachts.

RYA Fees payable directly to the RYA:
— £ 60 GBP – RYA Fees for SRC Radio Certificate.
— £ 231 GBP -RYA Fees for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Examination.
— £ 34.50 GBP -RYA Fees for Commercial Endorsement of Certificates of Competence.






  • 18 November 2019
  • 7 January 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 18 May 2020



RYA/MCA Competent Crew Practical
During this essential introductory course, you will be introduced to the wonderful world of sailing! The aim is to build a solid foundation in the correct procedures, including safety, seamanship, rope work, knots, splicing and helmsman-ship that will equip you with all you need to be a competent crew member. You’ll also be exposed to the latest sailing terminology and learn many different approaches and techniques.

Duration: 5 days

This includes:
• Sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
• Sail handling
• Ropework
• Safety on board
• Personal Safety Equipment
• Man Overboard
• Emergency Equipment
• Manners and Customs
• Rules of the Road
• Tender Usage
• Meteorology
• Seasickness
• Helmsmanship and Sailing
• General Duties

RYA/MCA Day Skipper Theory (Sail and Motor Cruising)
This is an introductory course to the many theoretical parts of sailing. During the course, you will be introduced to all subjects needed for you to get back on the water and further your development as a competent yachtsmen and Skipper.

Duration: 6 Days

The Course includes:
• Nautical Terms
• Ropework
• Anchor work
• Safety
• International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
• Definition of Position, Course and Speed
• Navigational Charts and Publications
• Navigational drawing Instruments
• Magnetic Compass
• Chartwork and Navigation – Traditional and Electronic
• Tides and Tidal Streams
• Visual aids to Navigation
• Meteorology
• Passage Planning
• Navigation in Restricted Visibility
• Pilotage
• Marine environment

RYA/MCA Day Skipper Practical
During this course, you will learn to Skipper the boat and Manage crew. You will get the chance to put your navigational and skippering ability to practice.
This course is important in that it’s the first step and introduction to the amazing world of navigation, Skippering and seamanship!

Duration: 5 days

This Course includes:
• Preparation for Sea
• Deck Work
• Navigation
• Pilotage
• Meteorology
• Rules of the Road
• Maintenance and Repair Work
• Engines
• Victualling
• Emergency Situations
• Handling under Sail and Motor
• Yacht Handling under Sail (Sail Only)
• Passage-making
• Night Cruising

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

This Includes:
• Fixing Position and circle of uncertainty
• Tidal streams, Dead Reckoning and Estimated Position
• Magnetic Compass
• Buoyage and Lights
• Pilotage
• Electronic Navigational aids/ echo sounders / logs and deck log
• Meteorology
• 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

This includes:
• Passage Planning
• Preparation for Sea
• Pilotage
• Passage-making and Ability as Skipper
• Yacht Handling under Power
• Yacht Handling under Sail
• Adverse Weather Conditions
• Emergency Situations

+- 6 Weeks of Mile Building including Skippered Passages plus Skills & Development (making up the 2500nm required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam)
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.

Course Content:
• Passage planning
• Preparation for sea
• Pilotage
• 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.

Pre-exam Requirements:
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.
This Includes:
• International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
• Safety
• Boat Handling
• General seamanship, including maintenance
• Responsibilities of the Skipper
• Navigation
• Meteorology
• Signals
After completing your preparation, you attend a two-day assessment, given by an RYA appointed examiner.

Exam Duration:
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.



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 Powerboat Level II
Super Yacht Deckhand



RYA/MCA VHF Radio Operation SRC (Short Range Certificate)
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. If you own a marine radio hand held or fixed set, you are required by law to hold an operator’s license. This course will teach you the basics of operating and understanding a VHF radio on board a vessel.
We use modified VHF training Radio’s produced by ICOM and SIMRAD. These have been modified so that transmissions are suppressed.

Duration: 1 day

The Course Includes:
• How Radio works
• Radio rules and regulations
• Operating a marine VHF radio
• VHF channels and channel allocations
• Voice procedures
• Distress
• Digital selective calling / Introduction and routine calls
• DSC / Distress Urgency and Safety
• Phonetic Alphabet
• Licensing guidelines
• Troubleshooting
On successful competition of the assessment candidates will be issued a RYA Short Range Operators License by the RYA.

Radar is an important component in safety at sea. On this course, you will learn the proper use and understanding of Radar equipment. You will learn how to use small boat Radar to assist decision-making in navigation, pilotage and collision avoidance. We use a state of the art Radar Simulator on a PC and projector to prepare students for the use of real equipment fitted on vessels at sea.

Duration: 1 day

This Includes:
• Introduction to Radar
• International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea
• Setting up and tuning of a Radar
• Understanding Radar Picture
• Radar Terminology
• Fixing position by Radar
• Radar reflectors
• Navigation and pilotage by Radar
• The role of Radar in collision avoidance
• Using Plotting sheets and MARPA

RYA/MCA Diesel Engine Maintenance
By gaining the RYA/ MCA Diesel Engine Maintenance Certificate, you will be able to manage and maintain a Marine Diesel Engine. You will learn about necessary engine maintenance and systems and how to avoid most mechanical breakdowns while out at sea. This course is also useful to candidates wanting to work alongside engineers on Yachts or smaller Super Yachts. This Course entitles the holder to be in charge of a Sailing Vessel’s engine, up to 750 kW, in Category 0 Waters.
Presented in our Classroom which is based at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
Your instructor will have extensive experience in maintaining and repairing various marine motors up to a substantial amount of horse power.

Duration: 1 Day

This Course Includes:
• RYA Diesel Engine workbook
• How Diesel Engines work
• Fuel System
• Air System
• Engine Cooling System
• Electrical System
• Lubrication
• Transmission
• Engine Controls
• Starting and Stopping your engine
• Diagnostics and Trouble Shooting
• Maintenance Procedures
• Emergency Procedures

RYA/MCA Powerboat Level II
During your sailing or career, you are bound to encounter small open boats such as RIBs, sports boats and small launches. That is why this course is vital for learning the fundamentals of Skippering a powerboat – a capability and qualification is invaluable on vessels carrying dinghies and tenders.

Duration: 2 days

This Course Includes:
• Personal Buoyancy and Clothing
• Parts of the Boat
• Types of Craft
• Engines and Drives
• Boat Controls
• Crew and Ropework
• Trailing and Launching
• Boat Handling
• Turning
• Coming Alongside
• Leaving
• Mooring Buoys
• Anchoring
• Collision Regulations
• Day Shapes and Lights
• Man Overboard
• Summoning Assistance
• Navigation
• Passage Planning and Pilotage

Super Yacht Deckhand
This course has been designed to provide you with the skills and background knowledge needed to be successful as a deckhand on any yacht around the world. As a deck hand, you will be responsible for maintenance, mooring and cargo handling as well as guest relations.

Duration: 3-4 days

This includes:
• Super yachting industry
• deck maintenance skills (filing and fairing, varnishing, teak-oiling, priming, deck acid)
• Wash Downs
• General deck hand duties
• Anchoring
• Water sports
• Watch keeping
• Line handling and safety drills.
• Familiarization with crew houses, crewing agencies and job finding techniques, offshore bank accounts


Commercial Requirements
You will need to complete STCW and RYA Online PPR courses as well as an ENG1 Medical Examination
should you wish to work on commercial vessels in any maritime industry.

STCW certificates are internationally recognized marine safety certificates, which are required to work on commercial vessels in any maritime industry.

Duration: 11 days

The modules include
• Elementary First Aid
• Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
• Personal Survival Techniques with Proficiency in Life Rafts
• Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
• Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

Fees: R8,750.00


ENG 1 Medical Examination
Fees: about R2,400 (paid directly to doctor)
This Internationally accredited and recognized medical check-up is vital to further your career on commercial vessels in the yachting and super yachting industries. Only medicals conducted by an MCA approved Doctor (not a general practitioner) will be accepted.


RYA Online PPR – Professional Practices and Responsibilities
This is an online RYA Interactive course.
Fees: R1,000.00

Contact us on +27 21 788 1009 or email if you would like to join the 18 Week RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Career package or for just this course

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