Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Exam Preparation
The RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence is a highly regarded worldwide qualification proving the experience and competence of a skipper. Sufficient experience and sea time form the eligibility criteria for taking the Yachtmaster™ exam.
The Yachtmaster offshore sail exam preparation week provides five days practical boat handling and revision of the theory with all aspects of the examination organised.
In our experience the majority of candidates require some level of preparation prior to taking the exam. This enables you to familiarise yourself with the yacht on which you will be examined and also gives you the opportunity to develop good working relations with your crew and the other candidates.
Please be honest in your appraisal of your skill level - If you are really confident and have ALL of the pre-course requirements outlined below and have a good knowledge of the International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea, then a 4 day preparation week prior to the exam may prove sufficient.
If you have any weak areas or gaps in your theory knowledge there will not be time to teach you during the preparation week. This should be viewed as an opportunity to “polish” your skills.
If you feel that you would benefit from some further training prior to your exam then we suggest booking a one week “Refresher” course prior to the YM prep week. Please contact us for information as this will be tailored to your individual needs.
Early in the week the instructor will asses your strengths and weaknesses and coach you in the areas required to pass the examination; however our experience normally leads us to work on the following areas; passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations.
The instructor will debrief you fully as the week progresses and ensure that you get time to work on those weaker areas; however he will also be honest in his appraisal go your skills and if he doesn’t think you are up to the standard required by the examiner he wont hesitate to tell you.