The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course examines astro-navigation, the use of the sextant and worldwide meteorology. It assumes a knowledge of all the subjects covered in all the other shorebased courses.
During this period of Covid 19 lock down we will be running an INSTRUCTOR LED ONLINE YACHTMASTER OCEAN THEORY course starting on 12th or 25th May. The course will be run through Zoom. On your computer screen you will be able to see the instructor, any slides he shows and any examples he runs through in real live time.
For centuries sailors have guided their ships across the oceans by celestial navigation or nautical astronomy. On the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course you will learn how to fix your position with a sextant by observing the sun, moon, stars and planets. For the modern sailor it is not only a fascinating art, but an essential alternative to electronic navigation when crossing oceans.
Looking to practice using a sextant? See our Celestial Sailing Weekends where you can get some hands on practice. After the pandemic obviously.
This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence who are preparing for their first ocean voyage. It is also suitable for those who enjoy and have a general interest and curiosity in navigation and how one can find a position by using a sextant and the heavenly bodies.
Minimum Pre Course Experience: Coastal and offshore sailing. Prior to the course your navigation skills should be at the standard of the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course.
Ability after the Course: Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on ocean passages.
Course Content: Astro-navigation, ocean meterology.
We provide a comprehensive set of materials to assist you with the course including:
For those wanting the full Yachtmaster Ocean certificate we can help arrange the 600-mile qualifying passage.
Some difficult principles to grasp! It takes a while to get to grips with the principles of astro navigation so do not be put off if you don't understand everything you will be taught straight away.
A knowledgeable instructor who will give you plenty of support if you need it.
Not recommended with this course. Although the instructor will be available on phone and email between sessions.
The course starting on 12th May will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Tuesday and Thursday sessions will start at 5.30pm and run until 8.30pm. The Saturday sessions will start at 9am and end at 1pm.
The course starting on 25th May will run Monday to Friday for two weeks in the morning only from 9am to 1pm.
This is a course in astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology which also reveals the mysteries of the sextant. It assumes a knowledge of all subjects covered in the other shorebased courses.
You will need a set of dividers which you will probably have from the Yachtmaster Shorebased course.
You will also need a pair of drawing compasses. You can buy these at stores that supply mathematical instruments for school students doing geometry.
We advise bringing a briefcase or bag to transport the course materials away on the first night.
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