At C-MASTERS, we have created a selection of 'must do' courses. After several years of providing training we know which topics and skills are considered complex by students. Most of these topics are covered in the RYA shorebased courses and in practical courses. However, a more intensive training is needed to become a confident skipper.

The importance of proper passage planning is often underestimated by beginning sailors. So wrong, as the theory for drafting a passage plan, learned during a shorebased course, deserves to be put in practice for the safety and comfort of the crew and the vessel. Being well prepared before going offshore will make all the difference during your voyage. 

This course is a 'must do' for skippers who wish to learn a pragmatic and practical method for planning passages on coastal waters or further offshore.

This course is strongly recommended for anyone preparing for a Yachtmaster exam.





MASTERCLASS: Offshore Passage Planning


Course content

This one-day classroom course is available for anyone who wants to practice drafting a pragmatic and practical passage planning for offshore and coastal tidal water voyages during daytime and nighttime.

This is also the ideal course for Yachtmaster candidates who would like to practice drafting and presenting a succesful passage plan to their examiner during their Yachtmaster Offshore examination.

The Offshore Passage Planning course includes the following topics:

  • Appraising and planning the passage
  • Collecting relevant information from charts
  • Using pilot books and Reeds almanac
  • Choosing the best route
  • Identifying and mitigating for hazards
  • Calculating routes based on tidal streams, height of tide, rules and regulations
  • Weather considerations and tracking
  • Check lists for preparing your voyage
  • Composing a passage plan
  • Crossing a Traffic Seperation Scheme or Deep Water Channel
  • Pilotage
  • Chart work
  • Use of radar and electronic navigation
  • Monitoring the passage plan (during day and night time)
  • Preparing for unexpected circumstances

This one-day course comes with a pre-course studying module, allowing you to be properly prepared and getting the most out of your classroom course.


What's included

  • Classroom course at our training centre 
  • Lunch, coffee and thee
  • Training and coaching by our instructor 
  • Free parking at our premises


Supporting courses

We recommend the RYA shorebased navigation courses for acquiring sufficient knowledge on navigation, and the C-MASTERS experience builders to practice passage making.




Details of this course

Recommended knowledge: Navigation on the level of Day Skipper or higher


Recommended experience: Sailing during day trips in tidal waters


Location: We offer this course at our centres in the Netherlands and in Belgium


Duration: one full day plus pre-course study



  • One-day classroom course                    195 euro




Details of this course


    Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

    • 26 April
    • 21 June
    • 18 October


    Course dates at our training centre in the Brussels city area:

    • 24 May
    • 26 July


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    Advanced Navigation and Pilotage


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    Meteorology and weather forecasting


    Whether it a short daytime passage or a long offshore passage, an experienced skipper does know what weather can be expected during the voyage. This requires a good understanding of meteorology and ability to properly analyse the available weather forecasts.

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    This two day masterclass is a combination of theory and extensive practical hands-on training. The training includes making real passages on board of one of our yachts while working with radar during fictive night sailing and restricted visibility situations.

    Offshore and coastal Passage Planning


    This course is a 'must do' for skippers who wish to learn a pragmatic and practical method for planning passages on coastal waters or further offshore. This course is strongly recommended for anyone preparing for a Yachtmaster exam.


    Mediterranean Yachting Skills


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