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RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course is the first stage in obtaining the prestigious RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence. This course is equally suited to those that aspire to blue water cruising or who just want to learn traditional navigation. The course will equip you with the necessary theoretical skills to carry out an ocean passage as mate or skipper. The course will cover all aspects of ocean navigation with particular emphasis on the use of astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology. The sessions on astro-navigation will unlock the mysteries of the sextant and allow you to confidently take sights at sea to obtain your position and carry out compass checks.

Ocean sailing is, however about more than just using a sextant. Another important aspect of ocean sailing is worldwide meteorology, passage planning and communications at sea.  Publications that assist the ocean navigator such as routeing charts and other pilot books will be discussed. The course also recognises that there has been a vast improvement in technology available to help with ocean routeing and weather prediction.  Time will be spent discussing the various computer programmes, internet sites and satellite/radio broadcasts available to the modern ocean navigator. Crew management, watch keeping, victualling, water and fuel management and emergency equipment are also covered.

At Mendez Marine we believe in small classes so that students get the optimum of init from the Instructor to ensure that they have full grasp of the knowledge by the end of the course.  Our courses are run either on a 1 – 2 students (£1150) or a group of 3 – 4 students (£2100).  Whilst we don’t advertise dates for Theory courses we are able to schedule the week before a RYA Yachtmaster® Prep course to ensure your knowledge is fresh for the course.

Hamble School of Yachting run RYA Shorebased theory courses with larger cohorts for £485 per person.

Pre-course experience Knowledge of navigation to RYA Day Skipper theory level and practical sailing or motorboat experience
Assumed knowledge None but RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship (Online Theory Course) useful.
Minimum duration 5 days (minimum)
Minimum age 16 years
Course content Advanced coastal and offshore navigation course covering pilotage, meteorology, stability, Collision Regulations and electronic navigation aids such as GPS and chart plotters.
Ability after the course Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology.

Having successfully passed this theory course you will be ready to put the theory into practice on an ocean voyage. Upon returning candidates who already hold the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence can apply to be examined for the full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence.

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