RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep course 


A RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of skippers. It is a well known and highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

This course is for those who hold the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate or the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence and who are looking to undertake the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam.






Course content

This is an intensive prep course to prepare you for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore exam. The prep course is conducted by our Chief Instructor personally, a fully qualified Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor. During this 5 day course he will assess your ability and coach you in all the disciplines required to pass the exam.

During the course, you will take command of the yacht on passages by day and night and perfection your boat handling techniques under power and sail including the Man-Over-Board recovery drill. In addition, we will brush up and sharpen your skills in passage planning, meteorology, safety at sea, maintenance, navigation, pilotage, knowledge of the International Collision Regulations and "blind" navigation.

At the end of each day our Chief Instructor will give you a debrief and coach you towards reaching the standard for a successful examination.

Each student who wishes to take the exam will be examined for 6-10 hours by an independent RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (examination fee payable to the RYA) as they skipper the yacht on short passages and complete various demonstrations of advanced skippering techniques.  


Ability after the course

After succesfully passing the examination, you will receive the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.


What's included

  • Tuition by our Chief Instructor
  • Accommodation on board
  • Theory booster session
  • All meals and drink on board 
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises 


Next steps

The Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence can be commercially endorsed for anyone with ambition to find work as a professional crew member.

Interested in making ocean passages ? Your next step is enrolling in our RYA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased theory course, and have us coach you in preparation of your Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence examination.


Supporting courses

You must hold a VHF marine radio license. We recommend the Short Range VHF Certificate course. In addition, you require a valid First Aid Certificate.

If you require more miles you might be interested in joining one of our mile builder trips or becoming a trainee at our C-MASTERS Yacht Delivery Crew. 





Details of this course


The prep course is available as 5 consecutive days. The examination can take place during the following 2 days.


Location from where this course will be delivered:

  • Kats (Zeeland, the Netherlands)


Previous experience:  

You should have at least:

  • 50 days sea time (5 as skipper)
  • 2500 recorded miles
  • 5 passages over 60 miles (including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper)


Assumed knowledge:

Your knowledge of navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore theory course. You must hold a valid First Aid certificate and VHF marine radio licence.


Number of students:  4



  • 1375 euro for the 5 days prep course
  • 460 euro for the use of the yacht during the examination and the expenses of the RYA examiner




Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:  

  • 22 to 26 March (exam on 30 and 31 March)
  • 27 April to 1 May (exam on 3-4 May) - FULLY BOOKED
  • 29 May to 2 June (exam on 3 and 4 June) - FULLY BOOKED





    Overview of all our RYA practical sailing courses



    RYA Start Yachting

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    RYA Competent Crew


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    RYA Day Skipper

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    Intermediate practical sailing course for competent crew members and beginning skippers, with focus on navigation and boat handling



    RYA Coastal Skipper


    Advanced course for skippers, preparing them for long (day and night) coastal and offshore passages, with lots of emphasis on passage planning, safety and navigation skills.

    RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep


    Five days of coaching by our chief instructor to prepare yourself for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal examination


    RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep


    Get yourself properly prepared for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore examination with some solid coaching and honing of your skills





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