RYA/MCA Yachtmaster® Offshore Preparation & Exam

Preparation: This preparation course is designed for those who wish to take the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore examination. You will spend five days onboard the yacht with one of our fully qualified professional RYA Yachtmaster instructors prior to taking the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore examination. The course gives potential Yachtmasters the opportunity to thoroughly revise both practical and theoretical subjects.

The instructor will tailor the course to your needs but our experience usually leads us to emphasize the following subjects: Passage Planning, Skippering Techniques, Man-overboard Recovery, Meteorology, Close Quarters Handling and Pilotage in Restricted Visibility. Sailing will be in local waters as it is normally found that at this level boat handling in close quarters is required rather than long crossings.

Exam: A qualified RYA Yachtmaster Examiner independent of our Training Centre will give you the chance to demonstrate that you are a competent skipper of an offshore cruising yacht. You should be prepared to answer questions on any part of the syllabus of any RYA Sail Cruising course (except Yachtmaster Ocean) and you are expected to show competence based on broad experience. Prove that you can take full responsibility for the management of the yacht, the crew and the passages. Demonstrate that you as a skipper are familiar with the handling and other characteristics of any vessel you take to sea.

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After passing the exam: You are a qualified RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore.

Certificate: The RYA will award successful candidates with an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

If you are a skilled and experienced skipper and would like to obtain an RYA/MCA certificate of competence but haven’t had the opportunity to practice all aspects of the syllabus under a range of different conditions. Please click here and check out our Preparation & RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam.

If you need more background knowledge, training, miles or experience before joining the Preparation & RYA/MCA Yachtmaster® Exam: Please click here and check out our RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Theory Course,    Click here for our RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Practical Course and    Click here for our Mileage & Experience Builder.

Perfect your skippering skills and become a qualified RYA/MCA Yachtmaster® Offshore. Click here to book or enquire about your Yachtmaster® Prep and Exam now!

Required pre-exam experience:

50 days sea time, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.

Required pre-exam certificates:

Restricted Radio Operator’s Certificate and First Aid Certificate.


RYA Yachtmaster Offshore practical 5 days preparation + 2 days exam

From monday 09.00 till sunday 16.00


5 days preparation + 2 days exam Eur. 995,00 Prices exclude your RYA/MCA Exam fee (GBP 210) and the examiner’s expenses! Food, drinks and Harbourfees 22,50 Euro p.p p. day.


Mar 25 – Mar 31 Jul 15 – Jul 21
Apr 22 – Apr 28 Aug 26 – Sep 01
May 20 – May 26 Sep 23 – Sep 29
Jun 17 – Jun 23 Oct 21 _- Oct 27