Yachtmaster - Offshore

The Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour. Full details of the exam syllabus and requirements are shown in the RYA's Sail Cruising Logbook (code G15).

The candidate or a training centre provides the boat and the RYA provides an examiner. There is no formal training course leading up to the exam, but those who have not previously taken RYA courses often find it useful to book themselves in for some informal training at an RYA centre prior to their exam. This training can be tailor-made to your specific needs and helps to fill any gaps in your knowledge that may become apparent.

The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals. Before you book your exam please check that you: 

  • can provide a boat.
  • have completed the required mileage and experience as skipper.
  • hold a VHF Radio Operators License or Short Range Certificate.
  • hold a valid first aid certificate.
  • have read the syllabus in RYA publications; G15 (sail).
  • have read and comply with the pre-requisites above.

If you need a Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence in order to work on board a commercial craft subject to the MCA's codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. You can then work as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt in category 1 to 6 waters - that is up to 150 miles from a safe haven.

The RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence can used commercially in its own right. It is also a pre-requisite for the MCA's Officer of the Watch qualification, which enables you to work worldwide on vessels of up to 3000gt.

 

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