Coastal Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Offshore Practical
This is an advanced skippering course for yachtsmen and women who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation.
An Offshore Yachtmaster needs a wealth of knowledge and skills - not only to cope with plain sailing but also to be able to cope when things go wrong. Most skippers will tell you that this experience is gained not by sailing thousands of miles on passage, but by skippering yachts close to land, by day and night and in poor visibility; dealing with complex situations such as boat handling at close quarters, navigation in shoal waters in and out of harbour - and the negotiation of busy shipping channels. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster. The course, like the Day Skipper, consists of skippered passages by each of the trainees in a whole variety of situations. It is a challenging but very rewarding course, taught aboard our Beneteau 40 and 47.7 yachts.
Previous Experience Required: RYA Dayskipper Practical plus RYA Coastal Yachtmaster shorebased or equivalent. (Recommended sea time: 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles and 8 night hours)
Ability after Course: Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and by night. On completion of this course you may be ready to sit for the RYA Coastal or Offshore Yachtmaster exam. Sea time requirements for theCoastal Yachtmaster certificate is reduced for holders of the Coastal Skipper certificate. The exam is separate to the course, the examiner cannot be someone who has trained you. Ask for more info on the exam.
Duration and cost: 5 day live-aboard offshore course $1495 + $15 for log book (recommended)
Boat handling & berthing
Ability as Skipper
Preparation for sea
Preparation for adverse weather
Passage planning & Passage Making
Emergency and distress situations
Pilotage & Port entries
Inclusions: Meals on board, insurance, safety equipment, use of wet weather gear and course certificate.
Commercial capability: Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster qualifications are accepted by NSW Roads and Maritime as commercial qualifications to skipper yachts. Ask about the exam requirements.