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.

24 June
Mon 24 Jun 2024 - Fri 28 Jun 2024
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Mon 15 Jul 2024 - Fri 19 Jul 2024
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Mon 15 Jul 2024 - Fri 19 Jul 2024
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Mon 27 Jan 2025 - Fri 31 Jan 2025
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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 before the examination. 

We aim to polish your existing skills 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 various conditions and situations by day and night. You will also be given several simulated safety and emergency scenarios to manage. 

The RYA Yachtmaster Examiner will want to be satisfied with your practical skills on board, your theory knowledge, and your ability to manage the crew safely. 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 at 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 ensure you run through all the exercises you can expect to encounter in the exam.

Before joining us, you must ensure your theory knowledge is up to speed. The week doesn't allow time to teach you the IRPCS, tidal heights, or navigation.

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 it's up to you!

Location and weather 

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

What's included

Due to lingering COVID-19 concerns, this week is non-live-aboard. But if you travel from afar and want to stay on board in the marina, please contact us.

  • 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, coffee, and water on board. 

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 COC (Sail) or
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore COC (Sail)

Before you start

  • Our Yachtmaster prep and exam week is for candidates who are 90% prepared for their exam and just need a bit of polish to get through.
  • Please see the FAQ section below for precise details of qualifications and sea time requirements required before participation in this course.
  • If you are in any way uncertain of your theory knowledge, you should attend a Yachtmaster Shore-based Theory course before you submit for examination.
  • If you feel you could benefit from some more time to practice the essential skills of the Yachtmaster before joining this week, you should join our Yachtmaster Practical Skills course first. 

What next?

  • You need a commercial endorsement for using an RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence commercially. See our FAQ section below for details on this.
  • Consider training as an RYA Yacht Cruising Instructor, which would allow you to work at over 2,400 RYA-recognized training centres across 58 countries worldwide.
  • Your next step is RYA Yachtmaster Ocean. 


  • Yachtmaster minimum sea time requirements 
    • For Yachtmaster Coastal,  it's 30 days on board, two days as skipper, 800 miles, and 12 night hours.
    • For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate, the seatime requirement is reduced to 20 days on board, two days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours
    • For Yachtmaster Offshore - 50 days on board, five days as skipper, 2500 miles
    • 5 x Yachtmaster qualifying passages over 60 nautical miles, including two overnight and two as skipper
  • Yachtmaster pre-exam requirements  
  • Yachtmaster commercial use 
    • If you intend to use your Yachtmaster certificate commercially anywhere in the world, you will need
    • To apply for the AMSA Sailing Master Offshore NC, which is a domestic Certificate of Competency for commercial use in Australia, you will also need
    • A certificate of medical fitness for your area of operation is also required.
      • In Australia, an AMSA 1850 medical covers near-shore operations.
      • In the UK/Europe, an MCA ML5 medical is usually sufficient 
  • What happens if I fail the Yachtmaster exams?
    • We do our best to make sure that you don't. But if you do, you'll go away with an action plan to complete.  Usually, this involves revising some missing skills or knowledge and then resitting the exam.
    • Over 90% of our Yachtmaster candidates pass the first time.