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 


Supporting courses

We highly recommend participants to first follow the RYA Radar Operator and RYA Diesel Engine course.

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, radar, diesel engine 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





    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.






    Details of this course


    Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:  

    • 29 May to 2 June (exam on 3 and 4 June) - FULLY BOOKED
    • 31 July to 4 August (exam on 5 and 6 August) - FULLY BOOKED
    • 19 to 23 August (exam on 24 and 25 August)


    Course dates at our training location in Nieuwpoort:

    • 18 to 22 September (exam on 23 and 24 September) - ONE LAST PLACE AVAILABLE


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      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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