There is a number of pre-requisites one needs to have to be able to sit for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam. These are:
- A Radio Operator’s Qualification: A restricted (VHF only) Radio operator’s certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or a higher grade of marine radio certificate.
- A First Aid certificate (list of First aid certificates accepted by the RYA)
-Sea Miles: 50 days, 2500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. Half the qualifying sea time (1250nm) must have been conducted in tidal waters.
Qualifying passages for Yachtmaster Offshore should be non-stop by the shortest navigable route with no change of skipper. Passages such as recognised races which may not comply exactly with these requirements may be submitted to the RYA for approval before the voyage.
Trainee skippers undertaking 60 mile passages are strongly advised to take a Coastal Skipper course first.
You will also need to have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory course.
As the course title says this is all about preparing you for the examination. It’s a revision of everything that is included in all RYA training course syllabus subjects. You and your Instructor will identify any areas of weakness which require attention and deal with them. Taking this examination can appear to be a daunting experience, so we need to avoid any nasty surprises and give you the confidence to pass.
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
This is the pinnacle of RYA training. It is a certificate that can be commercially endorsed and is recognised around the world as the benchmark of sailing excellence.
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam is conducted by an official RYA Yachtmaster examiner.
1. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Questions will be confined to the International Regulations and although candidates must be aware of the existence of Local Regulations, they will not be expected to memorise specific local regulations.
General rules (1-3)
Steering and sailing rules (4-19)
Lights and shapes (20-31)
Sound and light signals (32-37)
Signals for vessels fishing in close proximity (Annex II)
Distress signals (Annex IV)
Candidates will be expected to know what safety equipment should be carried on board a yacht, based either on the recommendations in the RYA Boat Safety Handbook (C8), the ISAF Special Regulations or the Codes of Practice for the safety of Small Commercial Vessels. In particular, candidates must know the responsibilities of a skipper in relation:
Fire prevention and fighting
Knowledge of rescue procedures
3. Boat Handling
Candidates for Coastal Skipper examinations will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in simple situations only. Candidates for Yachtmaster Offshore will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in more complex situations and will also be expected to show a higher level of expertise:
Coming to and weighing anchor under power or sail in various conditions of wind and tide
All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
Recovery of man overboard
Towing under open sea conditions and in confined areas
Boat handling in confined areas under sail
Boat handling in heavy weather
Helmsmanship and sail trim to sail to best advantage
Use of warps for securing in an alongside berth and for shifting berth or winding
4. General Seamanship, including maintenance
Properties, use and care of synthetic fibre ropes
General deck-work at sea and in harbour
Engine operations and routine checks
Improvisation of jury rigs following gear failure
5. Responsibilities of skipper
Can skipper a yacht and manage the crew
Communication with crew
Delegation of responsibility and watch-keeping organisation
Preparing yacht for sea and for adverse weather
Tactics for heavy weather and restricted visibility
Emergency and distress situations
Victualling for a cruise and feeding at sea
Standards of behaviour and courtesy
Charts, navigational publications and sources of navigational information
Chartwork including position fixing and shaping course to allow for tidal stream and leeway
Tide and tidal stream calculations
Buoyage and visual aids to navigation
Instruments including compasses, logs, echo sounders, radio navaids and chartwork instruments
Passage planning and navigational tactics
Limits of navigational accuracy and margins if safety
Lee shore dangers
Use of electronic navigation aids for passage planning and passage navigation
Use of waypoints and electronic routeing
Definition of terms
Sources of weather forecasts
Weather systems and local weather effects
Interpretation of weather forecasts, barometric trends and visible phenomena
Ability to make passage planning decisions based on forecast information
Candidates for Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal Skipper must hold the Restricted (VHF only) Certificate of Competence in radiotelephony or a higher grade of certificate in radio telephony.
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam is held on board our RYA school boat a Bavaria 36. The boat is fully equipped with all safety equipment according to RYA standards.
Just about everything that you need , all instruction, shore based training material, use of boat, and all the necessary safety equipment.
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