This is an Advanced Navigation Course. The official RYA title of the Yachtmaster Theory course is the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course.
During the Covid 19 pandemic we are offering an INSTRUCTOR LED ONLINE Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course on Zoom. You can see the instructor, ask him questions, see your fellow students, see the whiteboard and any slides the instructor shows. It's just like being in the classroom apart from you are sat in the comfort of your own home away from the nasty virus. Click the dates and availability button for more details.
This is a course in more advanced navigation techniques. It is assumed you will have done the Day Skipper theory course. The course teaches you about navigating safely on coastal and offshore passages.
If you have done an RYA Day Skipper Theory Course or owned a boat for a while and have already done a reasonable amount of navigating this shorebased Yachtmaster Theory course is the next step for you. Offering more advanced instruction in navigation and meteorology.
The Yachtmaster Theory course is all classroom based. We provide an extensive set of materials to assist you with the course. You can join one of the courses listed here or we can set a Yachtmaster Theory course up in your office for you. Click the link to find out more.
Courses are carried out over either:
If you enjoyed the Day Skipper theory course or have plans to progress to Coastal Skipper practical, Yachtmaster Coastal or YachtmasterOffshore then you should be taking this course.
This is a shorebased course. So all the lessons will be carried out on dry land.
The Yachtmaster Theory course is the next course on from the Day Skipper theory course. It goes into a lot more detail that which is covered in the Day Skipper theory course.
The course is an advanced course in navigation techniques. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects covered on the Day Skipper Course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper Course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.
Minimum Pre Course Experience: Day Skipper Shorebased Course. Although some time is devoted to revision of the basic principles, you will probably have difficulty keeping up if you haven't already mastered the subjects covered in the Day Skipper syllabus. If you have owned a boat for a while and have done some of your own navigation but have not had any formal training then you may well be able to go straight to this course without doing the Day Skipper Shorebased course.
Ability after the Course: Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.
Course Content: Offshore and Coastal navigation, pilotage coastal and offshore passages.
We provide a comprehensive set of materials to assist you with the course including:
What if I have to miss a lesson?
It is not a problem if you have to miss a lesson providing you are prepared to put some effort into catching up. We provide a comprehensive set of notes including a memory stick with the slides the instructor shows. There is a bit of homework each week and providing you do this you know you will have caught up sufficiently. Also the instructor is there half an hour before the start of each class and can often stay behind afterwards if required.
Courses are run over 40 hours plus time for exams. Zoom class timings vary and you should check the timings of the specific course dates that you are interested in. The link below will take you to the different dates.
An advanced course in the theory of navigation and meteorology for sailors with some previous navigational experience, the course builds on basic navigation skills, developing a comprehensive depth of knowledge and understanding of navigation theories, techniques and practices. The Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Theory Course covers all the background knowledge needed to progress to the practical examinations for the RYA Coastal Skipper or RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Certificates of Competence.
The course includes position fixing, magnetic compass, tides, tidal streams, buoyage, lights, pilotage, and introduction to GPS and plotters, meteorology, collision prevention regulations, safety, navigation and passage planning.
You need for the course a set of plotters and dividers. [Picture]. We can provide them for £20 and you can pick them up at the first class. Alternatively you can buy them from most chandleries but they will probably be more expensive. You will be asked if you want us to supply you with this item when you book a course.
If you haven't already got a logbook you should buy one. They are £7.49. The Logbook [picture] is a place to record your miles and keep your certificates. It outlines the whole RYA Cruising Scheme giving the course content for each course.
We advise bringing a briefcase or bag to transport the course materials away on the first night.
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