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Yachtmaster Theory Course

RYA Yachtmaster Theory involves advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course.


Course Description

This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

The course is relevant to the southern hemisphere – we use a southern hemisphere version of the RYA training materials.

The course is taught over 6 days or 48 hours (excluding assignments) with three exam papers . It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Sailing Course topics include:

  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad


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