RYA Yachtmaster (theory)

What I will learn

  • IRPCS – International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea
  • Emergency management, towing, safety equipment, heavy weather sailing
  • Safety at sea
  • Restricted visibility
  • Passage planning and preparation
  • Pilotage and port entries and customs regulations
  • Tides (heights and streams)
  • Lights, shapes and buoyage
  • Compass swinging
  • Weather theory and wind strategy
  • Electronic navigation (advanced)– GPS, chart plotters, depth sounders, AIS, radio radar
  • Keeping a log
  • Engineering
  • Maintenance


What will I have?

A YACHTMASTER Certificate (Theory) that is internationally recognized. A Yachtmaster Certificate is a solid step towards commercial qualifications.


What equipment is included in the price?

RYA Yachtmaster course kit

(Yachtmaster Handbook, practice charts, tables, DVD chart simulator, notes)

Protractor, sharpener, eraser, ruler, dividers, Soft (2B) lead pencil


The Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster theory is an advanced course in navigation, passage planning, tides, seamanship and meteorology.

It is comprehensive and for those working towards the RYA Yachtmaster qualification or who wish to skipper a yacht on longer coastal passages.


We assume that you are already qualified as a Day Skipper and although there is some time set aside for the revision of subjects covered in the elementary course you should arrive with a good understanding of the course content. You will cover more complex aspects of navigation including how to work out secondary tidal heights, position fixing, navigating in restricted visibility, passage planning and the capabilities and limitations of electronic navigation aids