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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.

RYA Yachtmaster - prep and exam week

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.

Practical skills

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. 

Theory knowledge

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.

Course schedule 

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

Mon - YM skills training 
Tue - YM skills training 
Wed - YM skills training / exam begins 1700
Thu - YM exams
Fri - YM exams and debrief

  • Mar
    29 Mar - 2 Apr
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,895.00 incl. GST
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  • Mar
    29 Mar - 2 Apr
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,895.00 incl. GST
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  • Jun
    21 Jun - 25 Jun
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,895.00 incl. GST
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  • Jul
    12 Jul - 16 Jul
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,895.00 incl. GST
    Register1 place remaining

What's included

Tuition, logbook, certificate, pre-course reading.

Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided.

We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 


Due to Covid 19 restrictions our RYA practical courses are currently non live-aboard.

All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.

Contact us if you would like to stay on board in the marina for your course. 


Please bring your own lunch and snacks.  

We provide tea and coffee on board. 

We provide evening meals before the night training exercise 

Exam fees

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


  • 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 - 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

    See also

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    • Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track - 12 weeks

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    • Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages

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    • Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

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    • Yacht Cruising Instructor

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    • Yachtmaster Coastal Fast Track

      The Yachtmaster Coastal Fast-Track in Sydney takes you from novice sailor to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence.
    • 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.
    • Dayskipper to Yachtmaster Fast-track

      Dayskipper to Yachtmaster Fast-track is designed for confident sailors who have completed RYA Day Skipper or have previous experience as skipper in sheltered waters. It provides an efficient pathway to the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate.