Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory

On completing this course you will have a thorough knowledge of all the theory required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
14 November
Sun 14 Nov 2021 - Fri 19 Nov 2021
6 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,495.00 incl. GST
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13 March
Sun 13 Mar 2022 - Fri 18 Mar 2022
6 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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27 March
Sun 27 Mar 2022 - Fri 01 Apr 2022
6 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,495.00 incl. GST
29 May
Sun 29 May 2022 - Fri 03 Jun 2022
6 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,495.00 incl. GST

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This comprehensive shore-based course is essential preparation for those working towards a Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence and is a requirement under the MCA Large Yacht Code (Superyachts) for masters and deck officers operating on vessels from 24 m to 3000 tonnes. 

It is also extremely valuable for recreational sailors and motor boat captains who are undertaking coastal and offshore passages.

Course content 

Marine Charts and Position 

  • Projections, depths, heights and datums, distance and symbols. 
  • Latitude and longitude, position fixing, position lines

Tools of the Navigator

  • Ships compass, plotter, depth sounder, speed log, deck log.
  • Direction, compass variation, deviation and error.


  • Tide causes, tide terms, range, springs and neaps, tide tables
  • Tidal heights, standard & secondary ports, high and low water curves

Navigation and Tidal Streams 

  • Tidal streams, set and drift, diamonds, tidal stream atlas, computation of rates.
  • Dead reckoning, estimated position, course to steer, leeway, overfalls and races.

Buoyage and Lights

  • IALA buoyage (A and B),
  • Lights, characteristics, sectored lights, ranges (visual, luminous and nominal), rising and dipping distances


  • Pilotage planning, transits, clearing lines, leading lines, use of soundings.
  • Harbour regulations and signals.


  • Basic terms, global weather pattern, highs and lows, air masses and fronts, frontal depression, synoptic charts.
  • local effects, fog, sea and land breeze, thunderstorms, katabatic winds. Weather forecasts and the barometer.

Safety at Sea

  • Personal safety (lifejackets, harness and lifelines), distress signals, liferafts, safety management system.
  • Stability, heavy weather, restricted visibility, high traffic.
  • Radar for collision avoidance and restricted visibility

Passage planning 

  • Working up a plan, victualling, before take off checklists, log set up.
  • Route planning, course shaping, charts prepared, GPS route set up, communication schedule, watch system organised.


  • Steering and sailing rules, lights and shapes.
  • Detailed knowledge of the collision regulations

Course details 

The programme runs over 6 days and includes 40 hours of teaching and 7 hours of invigilated examinations. Day 1 runs from 10 am to 5 pm,  Days 2 - 6 run from 830 am to 530 pm. This allows enough time for lunch and breaks.

You will sit three invigilated exams during the course and will be awarded the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate on successful completion of all three.

Although this course is necessarily intensive, it is also very satisfying and contains valuable content that will make you a safer and more competent sailor.  

Location and instruction 

The week is run in our comfortable waterside classroom at Middle Harbour Yacht Club by an experienced and certified RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course instructor. 


What's included

  • Tuition, course publications, course pack and certification.
  • Plotter and dividers are provided for loan or can be purchased in our shop


  • RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory Certificate

Before you start

You have completed RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship or RYA Day Skipper Shore based, or have equivalent knowledge. 

What next?

You are now ready to start Coastal Skipper training or go on to a Yachtmaster Prep and Exam course.