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RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory (Sail and Motor)

offered by supplier M17481 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination: Malta  
Category: Sport Camps
Specialty: Sailing  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 4
Course Level: Advanced
Min Price: 450 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 490 Euro (EUR) per person

You and your instructor will identify any areas of weakness which require attention and deal with them. Taking the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore examination can appear to be a daunting experience, so we need to avoid any nasty surprises and give you the confidence to pass. The course takes 6 days in total during which you will also be covering passage planning.

Faculty Information:
The course is delivered by qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructors.

Other Activities:
1. Position
a. Dead reckoning and estimated position
b. Satellite-derived position
c. Use of waypoints to fix position
d. Radar fixes
e. Techniques of visual fixing
f. Fixes using a mixture of position lines
g. Relative accuracy of different methods of position fixing
h. Area of uncertainty

2. The magnetic compass
a. Allowance for variation
b. Change of variation with time and position
c. Causes of deviation
d. Swing for deviation (but not correction)
e. Allowance for deviation
f. Different types of compass

3. Tides
a. Causes of tide – Springs and Neaps
b. Tide tables – sources
c. Tidal levels and datum
d. Standard and secondary ports
e. Tide anomalies (Solent, etc.)

4. Tidal Streams
a. Sources of tidal information
b. Tidal stream information in sailing directions and Yachtsmen’s Almanacs
c. Allowance for tidal streams in computing a course to steer
d. Tide rips, overfalls and races
e. Tidal observation buoys, beacons etc.

5. Buoyage
a. IALA system buoyage in Region A
b. Limitations of buoys as navigational aids

6. Lights
a. Characteristics
b. Ranges – visual, luminous and nominal
c. Rising and dipping distances
d. Light lists

7. Pilotage
a. Harbour regulations and control signals
b. Methods of pre-planning
c. Clearing lines
d. Use of soundings
e. Transits and leading lines

8. GPS and chart plotters
a. Principles of operation and limitations of use
b. Raster and vector charts
c. Datum
d. Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source and keeping a separate record of position
e. Importance of paper charts

9. Echo sounders
a. Principles of operation and limitations of use

10. Logs (speed and distance measuring)
a. Principles of operation limitations of use

11. Deck log
a. Importance of log as yacht’s official document
b. Layout of log, hourly and occasional entries

12. Meteorology
a. Basic terms, the Beaufort scale
b. Air masses
c. Cloud types
d. Weather patterns associated with pressure and frontal systems
e. Sources of weather forecasts
f. Ability to interpret a shipping forecast, weatherfax and weather satellite information
g. Land and sea breezes
h. Sea fog
i. Use of barometer as a forecasting aid

13. Rules of the Road
a. A sound knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, except Annexes 1 and 3

14. Safety at Sea
a. Personal safety, use of lifejackets, safety harnesses and lifelines
b. Fire prevention and fire fighting
c. Distress signals
d. Coastguard and Boat Safety Scheme
e. Preparation for heavy weather
f. Liferafts and helicopter rescue
g. Understanding of capabilities of vessel and basic knowledge of stability

15. Navigation in restricted visibility
a. Precautions to be taken in fog
b. Limitations to safe navigation imposed by fog
c. Navigation in poor visibility

16. Passage planning
a. Preparation of charts and notebook for route planning and making and use at sea
b. Customs regulations as they apply to yachts
c. Routine for navigating in coastal waters
d. Strategy for course laying
e. Use of waypoints and routes
f. Use of weather forecast information for passage planning strategy
g. Sources of local and national regulations

17. Marine environment
a. Responsibility to minimise pollution and protect marine environment

Facility Information:
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore theory is held at the M17481 premises in Birkirkara. The school is equipped with whiteboards, overhead projectors, wi-fi, air conditioners, tables for chart plotting and coffee and tea making facilities.

Everything you need - instruction, shore-based training material, use of boat, and all the necessary safety equipment.

Note: Does not include plotters and dividers.

About This Supplier
Location: Malta
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2007

We are a company specialising in delivering RYA tuition and the provision of yacht charters in Malta. We deliver a range of internationally recognised RYA courses for both sail and power. So whether you're looking at a full-time job in the maritime sector or if it's just pleasure, we will guide and prepare...

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