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Yachtmaster Practical Skills

This course is for anyone at, or above, RYA Day Skipper standard who wants to develop their boat handling, seamanship and navigation skills and their confidence as a skipper.

Yachtmaster Practical Skills

The course focuses on the practical skills that will be tested in a Yachtmaster examination. 

This is not an offshore passage making week and therefore doesn't include any Yachtmaster qualifying passages. 

If you are looking for this experience please check Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages

Course content

During the week you will practice boat handling under power and sail, drill safety and emergency procedures and execute pilotage and navigation exercises by day and night.

We will use a variety of coaching techniques to make sure you get plenty of time to develop the skills expected of a Yachtmaster. 

Training runs from 10 am to 5 pm each day. There will also be two night training exercises. See draft schedule below.

  • Mon - YM boat handling skills / night exercise
  • Tue - YM boat handling skills
  • Wed - YM boat handling skills / night exercise
  • Thu - YM pilotage and navigation exercises
  • Fri - YM pilotage and navigation exercises 

Theory knowledge

This course is a companion week to the Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory course which covers all the theory knowledge required at this level.

Location and sailing conditions 

The course is based in Sydney Harbour although you are likely to venture a little way offshore for various drills

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 cruiser racer yachts by an accredited RYA/AS Instructor.

  • Nov
    8 Nov - 12 Nov
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
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What's included

This is a non live-aboard training week.

For those who need it we can provide shared cabin accommodation on board for 4 nights. 

Tuition, life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 


Bring your own lunch.

Flying Fish provide evening meals before the two night training exercises. 


  • 150 sea miles logged
  • logbook skills for Yachtmaster 

Before you start

You hold the RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or have equivalent experience.

You are a competent navigator, probably having attended the Day Skipper Shorebased Theory course.

What next?

Subject to your seatime and theory knowledge you may be ready to go on to our Yachtmaster Prep and Exam week. 

    See also

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    • Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)

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    • Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages

      Our Yachtmaster Milebuilders provide the opportunity to log sea miles and qualifying passages in preparation for assessment for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. You will take part in a series of extended passages by day and night, operating a watch system on board.
    • 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.
    • Yachtmaster Prep and Exam

      This live-aboard 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.