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.

We also offer courses online on Zoom. These are different in that they are live and with an instructor.

› Why Choose Us?

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.

You’ll need a course plotter and chart-dividers to complete the chartwork exercises - if you don’t already have these you can purchase a set for £28 when you place your order.#

Please note you have access to the course for 6 months from purchase with the option to extend, at additional cost, if you need more time to complete.

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.

First Class Sailing's recognised training provider of choice for online navigation classes is Skippers Online, 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.

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

  • 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

When you book the online course we will send you a printed book that will help you with the course.

"The Instructor was an excellent coach and really took the time with our class to ensure we all understood all aspects of the course. He was patient and prepared to take the time to ensure we all had the best knowledge transferred to us. He was an excellent instructor and had a significant amount of detailed knowledge that was most helpful to me and the rest of the class. He is passionate and fully committed to his work and goes above and beyond to ensure you are capable and have a really enjoyable experience learning with him. First Class Sailing are well organised and the logistics, course material and facilities were all top notch."

David, Director

"Excellent instructor - gave freely of his experience - very dedicated and enormously helpful."

Colin McKnight

"Professional and effective. Good equipment, taught by knowledgeable and enthusiastic professionals."

Ron G

"Just passed my Competent Crew with Paul - excellent instruction, made wonderfully fun with his top humour. What a great way to learn to sail - a different marina every night, comfortable berths on board a brand new boat, and tremendous company to boot. Even me losing a treasured hat to the wind triggered a full (& successful) 'man overboard' drill - priceless. I would definitely recommend - I'm certainly looking forward to returning for my 'Day Skipper'."

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