Yachtmaster Prep and Exam

This course leads to a practical assessment, conducted independently by an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner. Depending on your prior skills and experience your objective may be a Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal Certificate of Competence.
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15 November
Mon 15 Nov 2021 - Fri 19 Nov 2021
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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15 November
Mon 15 Nov 2021 - Fri 19 Nov 2021
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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6 December
Mon 06 Dec 2021 - Fri 10 Dec 2021
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Mon 06 Dec 2021 - Fri 10 Dec 2021
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    Mon 24 Jan 2022 - Fri 28 Jan 2022
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    Mon 28 Mar 2022 - Fri 01 Apr 2022
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    Mon 28 Mar 2022 - Fri 01 Apr 2022
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    Mon 18 Apr 2022 - Fri 22 Apr 2022
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    Mon 18 Apr 2022 - Fri 22 Apr 2022
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    Mon 16 May 2022 - Fri 20 May 2022
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    11 July
    Mon 11 Jul 2022 - Fri 15 Jul 2022
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Description

Our Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week is aimed at those who already have the required knowledge, skills and experience for Yachtmaster but would benefit from some practice prior to examination. 

We aim to polish your existing skills so as to make you exam ready. 

Yachtmaster examination

During the Yachtmaster examination you will be asked to demonstrate your boat handling, seamanship and navigation skills, under power and sail, in a variety of conditions and situations by day and night. You will also be given a number of simulated safety and emergency situations to manage. 

The RYA Yachtmaster Examiner will want to be satisfied with your ability to manage the crew as much as with your technical skills on board. The primary assessment is whether or not you are safe.

Course programme  

Mon - YM skills training / Evening session - finish approx 2130
Tue - YM skills training 
Wed - YM skills training / exam begins 1700
Thu - YM exams
Fri - YM exams (finish 1300) /Debrief 1600

During the training days you will practice boat handling, safety and emergency procedures, pilotage and navigation. We make sure you run through all the exercises you can expect to encounter in the exam itself. If you are uncertain of your practical skills as skipper you should join a Yachtmaster Practical Skills week before you attend this course. 

The week doesn't allow time to teach you the IRPCS, tidal heights, or navigation. If you are in any way uncertain of your theory knowledge you should attend a Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory course before you submit for examination.

The yacht and the instructor

You will join a small group (maximum 4) on board one of our RYA approved Beneteau 40.7 training yachts. 

The training days will be run by a qualified RYA Yachtmaster instructor who will have an intimate knowledge of what is required for the exam

An RYA qualified examiner will join the yacht on Wednesday at 1700 and the instructor will step off. Then its up to you!

Location and weather 

Exams proceed in most weather conditions and usually operate both offshore (nearby) and around Sydney Harbour. 

What's included

Due to Covid 19 restrictions our RYA practical courses are currently non live-aboard. But please contact us if you would like to stay on board in the marina for your course.

  • Tuition, logbook, pre-course reading.
  • Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided and we can loan you wet weather clothing if required.
  • All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.
  • Please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • We provide tea and coffee and pizza takeaway before the night training exercise. 

The RYA exam fee is payable to the examiner on the day. (Yachtmaster Coastal $405, Yachtmaster Offshore $465)

Qualifications and experience 

  • 100 sea miles logged
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Sail) or
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)

Before you start

All Yachtmaster candidates require the following prior to examination.

Radio operator’s certificate 
First aid certificate 

Seatime

Seatime must be logged in the 10 years prior to examination

Yachtmaster Coastal

  • 30 days on board, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours
  • For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate required seatime is reduced to 20 days on board, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours

Yachtmaster Offshore

  • 50 days on board, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles
  • Qualifying passages (5 passages over 60 miles, including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper)

What next?

To use your Yachtmaster Certificate professionally you will need a commercial endorsement for which you need

  • Sea Survival qualification.
  • RYA online PPR course.
  • A certificate of medical fitness.

Under AMSA regulations in Australia you will also require