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Yachtmaster Ocean Theory & Qualifying Passage

This course prepares experienced skippers for the prestigious RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence. The programme combines the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course with an exhilarating Pacific ocean qualifying passage.

Yachtmaster OceanThe programme begins with the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore-based theory course, where you learn both traditional and twenty-first century methods of navigation.

The syllabus includes celestial navigation, ocean currents, meteorology and ocean passage planning. We make sure that you can use a sextant and know how to reduce sun sights and star sights to find your position.

The crew then gets together to plan the ocean passage. Subject to weather forecasts we aim to make a short coastal passage, followed by an ocean passage to the world heritage listed Lord Howe Island.

Course programme

Week 1 - RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased theory course 
Week 2 - Ocean passage planning / Begin ocean passage
Week 3 - Ocean qualifying passage
Week 4 - Ocean qualifying passage

Note: On our December course start date there is a 3 week break in training over the Christmas period (between weeks 1 and 2) and the ocean passage begins in Hobart, Tasmania and finishes at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.

If you join any of our other course dates there is no break in the schedule and the Ocean passage starts and finishes at our base at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney. 

Lord Howe Island 

Lord Howe is an absolute jewel in the Pacific with pristine beaches and a magnificent coral lagoon. The diving and snorkeling are world class and, weather permitting, the crew will spend a couple of days relaxing and exploring this beautiful island before we set sail for the passage back to Sydney.

600 nautical miles

Crew members rotate the role of Acting Skipper or Watch Leader, ensuring everyone logs the required 600 nautical mile qualifying passage in a position of responsibility. 

  • Dec
    7 Dec - 22 Jan
    7 weeks
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $6,990.00 incl. GST
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  • Jan
    25 Jan - 19 Feb
    4 weeks
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $6,990.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Apr
    19 Apr - 14 May
    4 weeks
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $6,990.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining

What's included

Meals on yachts, safety equipment, publications, tuition

If you book our December course we include an economy class flight from Sydney to Hobart to start the ocean passage.

Qualifications and experience

  • 1,500 sea miles logged
  • RYA YM Ocean Shore-based Theory
  • RYA YM Ocean Qualifying passage

Before you start

You are a confident yachtsman or woman who, as a minimum, has taken part in an RYA Coastal Skipper course or had equivalent offshore sailing experience. 

What next?

Before your oral exam for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence you must

  • Hold the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • Have completed the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean shore-based theory course
  • Have completed a Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage. 
  • Have prepared a narrative of your qualifying passage including details of your navigational sights for submission to the examiner

If you intend to use your Yachtmaster Ocean qualification commercially, be prepared to go for a straightforward medical.

Consider following this course with a Cruising Instructor week to teach yachting at an RYA school like Flying Fish!

    See also

    • Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track

      The Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track in Sydney first trains you for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. Then you go on to learn celestial navigation and complete an ocean qualifying passage, in preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam.
    • Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

      The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory week teaches you celestial navigation, including the use of a sextant. You will leave the course confident that you have the knowledge and skills required to navigate an ocean passage using traditional methods.