The preparation part of the week is intended to act as a refresher on pilotage, boat handling, safety, skippering and passage planning. In particular, skills like blind navigation, electronic navigation (radar and GPS), night pilotage and MOB procedure are considered. During the exam, candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability as a Yachtmaster and can be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shorebased courses up to Yachtmaster level.
What’s not included:
Four days plus the exam (depending on the number of candidates, the exam may start on the 4th evening and may run into a 6th day). The preparation week and exam includes some night work.
Yachtmaster™ Coastal Certificate of Competence Exam Pre Requisites
* For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate Sea Time is reduced to 15 days and 400 miles.
Yachtmaster ™ Offshore Certificate of Competence Exam Pre Requisites
The Yachtmaster™ Offshore is competent to skipper a motor cruiser on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from harbour.
Full details of the exam syllabus, and requirements, are shown in the RYA’s Motor Cruising Logbook (code G158). The prep and exams are done over 6 days in total, with day 5/6 the exam days, the exam can last into a sixth day if the course is full.
There isn’t a formal ‘Yachtmaster’ training course leading up to the ‘Yachtmaster’ exam. Those who have not previously taken RYA courses often find it useful to book themselves in for some informal yachtmaster training at an RYA centre prior to their exam. ‘Yachtmaster’ prep/exam candidates should be honest with themselves when assessing their boat handling ability and if your boat handling (twin shaft) is weak then time spent strengthening this aspect, prior to your prep week will be invaluable. Mendez Marine can help you prep your boat handling skills and theory in order to get you to where you need to be.
The Yachtmaster™ “Prep” Course is designed to find out the weak points and work them up to exam standard. These “Prep” courses are scheduled or can be run on demand and will include time for the exam. The length of the exam will depend on the number of students: on average 8-12 hours for one candidate and 10-18 hours for two.
Please note… The Yachtmaster Exam is a pass or fail exam – we will do our utmost to polish your existing skills in preparation for the exam but there is little or no time to teach new skills such as boat handling.
How can I take this course?
The exam preparation course is held on our school boat, Fenland Dancer. She is a Princess 368 with a fly bridge and 2 x 300Hp Cummins engines on shafts. She has the latest Raymarine electronic equipment and her salon was refurbished summer 2019.
Any classroom work takes place in the Mendez Marine office or onboard Fenland Dancer.
|Minimum seatime||50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam. NB. Qualifying seatime in boats over 24m only counts as 50% of the minimum requirement. Refer to RYA qualifying passages|
|Form of exam||Practical|
|Exam duration||8-12 hours for 1 candidate, 10-18 hours for 2 candidates. Including night exercise.|
|Minimum Duration||3 days preparation if only 1 candidate plus exam. There will be 1 night exercise|
|Minimum age||18 years|
|Maximum Student : Instructor Ratio||5:1 (due to the size of the school boat we keep student ratios to 4 : 1)|
|Certification required||A restricted (VHF only) Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate. A valid first aid certificate (first aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are acceptable).|
The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals.
The exam fee is additional and is currently £224.00. Conversion £120.00 Commercial Endorsement £35.00
The boat used must be between 7m (23ft) and 24m (78ft) and be in sound, seaworthy condition, equipped to the standard set out in the RYA book Cruising Yacht Safety (code C8). The boat must be equipped with a full up to date set of charts and navigational publications and be efficiently crewed, as the examiner will not take part in the management of the boat during the exam.
Before you book your exam please check that you:
If you need a Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence in order to work on board a commercial craft subject to the MCA’s codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. You can then work as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt in category 1 to 6 waters – that is up to 150 miles from a safe haven.
The RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence can be used commercially in its own right. It is also a pre-requisite for the MCA’s Officer of the Watch qualification, which enables you to work worldwide on vessels of up to 3000gt.View all upcoming dates