Online Yachtmaster Theory Course

The Online Yachtmaster Shorebased Course is an advanced navigation course and ideal for you if you have done the Day Skipper theory course or done a fair amount of navigating already, and want to learn at your own pace: whenever and wherever you want.

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  • How to identifying your boat's position using a variety of techniques
  • Lots about collision regulations
  • How to work out complex estimated positions and courses to steer
  • How to work out secondary port tidal calculations
  • Bouyage
  • Lights, shapes and sound signals used by all kinds of vessels you may well encounter at sea
  • Pilotage methods including transits, back bearings and clearing bearings
  • Passage planning strategies - what to take into account
  • Using GPS and chartplotters
  • Measuring speed & distance and keeping logs
  • Dealing with weather & meteorological conditions
  • Best practices for eco-friendly sailing
  • Use of safety equipment
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The RYA Online Yachtmaster Theory Course is the next step for those looking to progress from Day Skipper qualification. It explores many of the same topics, but in more depth, with a greater emphasis on tackling more challenging coastal & offshore passages.

The course is split up into modules, allowing you to learn independently at your own pace. As well as PC and Mac compatibility, you can also follow the course on your iPad.

You will be provided with a comprehensive set of materials to complement the course content, and you there will always be an instructor a phone call/skype call/email away to offer help whenever you need some extra guidance.

First Class Sailing's recognised training provider of choice for online navigation classes is Splash Sea School, whom we have had a long association with. They more than meet our stringent quality standards. Student feedback is 100% positive on these courses and in our view they offer excellent theory preparation for our students before taking our practical courses. We find students who are well prepared with their theory then get much more benefit from their practical course experience.

Modern database technology is used to manage the interface with the courses own secure message system allowing student and a designated instructor to communicate securely and quickly online without the need for emails. Your instructor can monitor your progress in real time and offer proactive advice. Just one click gets you contact with your tutor. Additionally, the instructor will be happy to arrange any phone calls or FaceTime contact, even late in the day when it may be most suitable for our students study time.

Learning online is a more flexible option for those with busy schedules - you can learn whenever you want, for as long as you want and an instructor will always be on hand to help if you need more guidance.

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After you've completed the Yachtmaster Theory course, you'll have all the background knowledge you'll need to undertake coastal and offshore passages, by day and night. You'll also be well prepared to take the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course.

If you have a lot of sailing miles under your belt, you can skip the Coastal Skipper practical and go straight to one of the more advanced Yachtmaster practical courses; the coveted Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence is awarded to those who complete one of these offshore Yachtmaster courses.

To find out more about the RYA Online Yachtmaster Theory course, call First Class Sailing today on 0203 006 3717.

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When you have purchased a course you will be set up (during office hours) with a username and login and you can get started straight away.

A set of accompanying course materials will be couriered to you and should arrive 24/48 hours or so after we have set you up with a login.

Included in these course materials are:

  • 2 RYA Charts
  • An almanac conatining tidal and port information extracts
  • The RYA International Regualtions of Preventing Collisons at Sea book
  • The Reed Skipper Hand book - a great aid memoire
  • A Portland Style Plotter and set of dividers
  • A pencil, eraser and bag!
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