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This advanced theoretical course in navigation and meteorology will help you to set out onto the open waters and be able to make key decisions as a competent Yachtsman to keep the yacht safe and enjoyable as you set off on longer passages.

Over the intensive 7 Day course students advance their already existing knowledge.

Our theory modules are presented in our classroom based at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town.

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory course is an advanced course in Chart work, Navigation, Meteorology and Tides for potencial candidates of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exams.

The Theory Course is the same for Motor and Sail.

For more course information, dates and pricing on this course please fill out our Enquiry Form.

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Applicable to:

• Boat Owners
• Those seeking to advance their knowledge of navigation and sailing theory
• Those seeking to advance from Day Skipper level
• Candidates seeking employment in the international yachting or super-yachting industry
• Those planning on taking the Yachtmaster Offshore practical exam


Upcoming RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory course dates:

  • 8-14 October 2018
  • 5-11 November 2018
  • 7-13 January 2019
  • 11-17 March 2019


This is followed by the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Practical and the dates are as follows:

  • 15-20 October 2018
  • 12-17 November 2018
  • 14-19 January 2019
  • 18-23 March 2019


Advanced bookings are essential to prevent disappointment.



Contact: +21 788 1009 (landline) or +27 82 088 7186 (mobile)


This course assumes knowledge of the RYA Day Skipper Theory & RYA Day Skipper Practical and so ideally, we would like you to have at least the equivalent of Day Skipper in Sailing or Motor experience on a Yacht smaller than24m/72ft and smaller than 200gt, before allowing you to move on to the Coastal/Offshore theory modules.

• Dead reckoning and estimated position considering tide and leeway
• Satellite-derived position and considerations regarding
• Use of waypoints to fix position and navigate effectively
• Ways to obtain RADAR fixes
• Techniques of visual fixing of your position
• Fixes using a mixture of position lines and bearings
• The accuracy of different methods of position fixing
• The circle of uncertainty and how to keep it as small as possible

• Allowance for variation
• Change of variation with time and position
• Causes of deviation and how to minimize the effect
• How to swing for deviation (not correcting)
• Allowance for deviation
• Different types of compass

• Causes of tides – spring and neap tides
• Tide tables – sources and how to use them
• Tidal levels and datum calculations
• Standard and secondary port tide calculations
• Tidal anomalies

• Sources of tidal information
• Tidal stream information in sailing directions and Almanacs
• Allowance for tidal streams in computing and plotting a course to steer
• Tide rips, overfalls and races and how to plan acordingly
• Tidal observation buoys and beacons.

• IALA system buoyage in Region A and B
• Limitations of using buoys as navigational aids

• Characteristics of lights
• Ranges visual, luminous and nominal
• Rising and dipping distances
• Light lists

• Harbour regulations and control signals
• Methods of pre-planning
• Clearing lines and the application in navigation
• Use of soundings for navigation and pilotage
• Transits and leading lines applied in navigation and pilotage

• Principles of operation and limitations of use
• Raster and vector charts and when to use
• Datum and selecting the correct version
• Importance of a secondary fix of your position by an independent source and keeping a separate record of position
• Importance of paper charts and nautical publications

• Principles of operation
• The limitations of use

• Principles of operation
• The limitations of use

• The importance of a ships log as yachts official document
• Layout of log, hourly and required entries

• Forecasting terms and the Beaufort scale
• Air masses
• Cloud types and classification
• Weather patterns associated with pressure and frontal systems
• Sources of weather forecasts and interpretations
• How to interpret a shipping forecast, weatherfax and weather satellite information
• Land and sea breezes (causes and effects)
• Radiation and advection fog
• Use of a ships barometer as a forecasting aid

• Sound knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, Part A, Part B, Part C and Annexes 1 and 3

• Personal safety, use of lifejackets, safety harnesses and lifelines
• Fire prevention and fire fighting
• Distress signals and how to use them
• Coastguard and Boat Safety Scheme
• Preparation for heavy weather or heavy fog
• Life rafts and helicopter rescue procedures
• Understanding of capabilities of vessel and knowledge of stability and seaworthiness

• Precautions and actions to be taken in fog
• Limitations to safe navigation imposed by fog, smoke or heavy rain
• Navigation strategy in conditions of poor visibility

• Preparation of charts and notebook for route planning and making
• Customs regulations as they apply to yachts
• Routine for navigating in coastal waters
• Strategy for course laying
• Use of waypoints and routes during long passages
• Use of weather forecast information for passage planning and routing
• Sources of local and national regulations

7 days in the classroom. 8 Hours + a day
Temporary membership to the Royal Cape Yacht Club

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore theory workbook and course pack

Navigational tools and stationary

Course completion certificate

During this 7 day Course you will require 8 nights accommodation in Cape Town(After booking your course our admin sends you a course program and recommended accommodation and transport arrangements)


An advanced course in navigation,seamanship and shore based sailing theory

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