Yachtmaster Offshore Theory


Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

The Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers as an intensive week-long course.

Course topics include:

  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.


Its is recommended that you are competent to the level of RYA Day Skipper Theory before taking the Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course

You could also consider the 14 day course including practical training and examination – click here for details



Monday to Saturday 0900-1700

Additional information


RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Certification

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No course available at this time.
If there are no courses scheduled or that suit your itinerary, please do get in touch and we will see if we can work something out.
Once you have booked your course you will also need to fill in our health declaration.

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