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The RYA Yachtmaster Off-Shore - An exam in competent Skippering.

The  RYA/MCA Yachtmaster scheme goes back more than 30 years and was developed so as amateur yachtsmen and women had a measure of their ability. It was thought that a trained band of yachtmen would be helpful in time of war!

The “Yachtmasters” remains the pinnacle of many yachtsmen's achievement. It has also become to be used  as a professional qualification.

This really is a world class scheme, I  regularly train men and women from all over the world who come to Britain especially  to "do their Yachtmaster" - motor and sail - knowing the qualification they earn is the best anywhere. Owners of charter and super yachts, and their insurers world wide look for the UK RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualification when employing crew and skippers.


The exam is easily attainable for those with the required experience, knowledge and skills.

A minimum of 2500 miles at sea and 50 days on board are required. This should include a minimum of 5 sixty miles passages, some as skipper and some at night.
For the ‘private’ yachtman with his own boat this might amount to 5 or more very active seasons cruising the English Channel. In my experience of preparing well over a hundred and fifty candidates, such a person has few problems with the exam.

In recent years the Fast Track Yachtmasters have emerged with the need for able and qualified crew in the super yacht industry. About seventeen weeks of intensive training leads to the exam. Most of the training period is under expert tuition so candidates are skilled, if not very experienced in a range of conditions and seasons. Usually skippering experience is the problem area when faced with taking the exam.

The examiner is looking for a safe and competent skipper. A skipper he would feel happy to allow to take his own family across the Channel. There is no RYA method, any safe way will do.


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I have taught many RYA Ocean Courses and I offer brush up/revision tuitition before final Ocean YM Examinations.

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All training is by Ian Crowson, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Instructor

Based in Portsmouth on the Solent.

Coaching for the prestigious RYA/MCA Off-Shore Yachtmaster or Coastal Yachtmaster can be given aboard your own yacht with as many days as you require practising and brushing up on exam techniques

You can be examined on your own boat. The examiner is invited on board for a comfortable exam with the boat and crew you know best.