RYA Yachtmaster Preparation

Course pre-requisite: Yachtmaster Theory and logbook requirements
Course duration: 5 days

2023 Dates: February 20th – 24th ( Exam 25th & 26th )

This course is designed for sailors wishing to participate in either a Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore practical exam in the near future. The course content is essentially the same for both levels, the expectation is that the skill level is higher for offshore candidates.  It is essential that you meet the pre-course experience below.

Prerequisite: Yachmaster Theory & logbook requisite
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Pre-course experience

Prior to starting this course, sailors should be proficient in the following areas:


  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Calculate a course to steer & estimated Position
  • Blind navigating
  • Electronic navigation
  • Chart symbols with particular attention to underwater hazards
  • Tidal, secondary port calculations and tidal stream vectors

Boat Handling

  • Maneuvering in a tight area under sail or motor
  • Picking up a mooring and coming alongside under sail or motor
  • MOB under sail or motor
  • Electronic navigation

International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (I.R.P.C.S)

Be confident with the collision regulations section of the Yachtmaster shore based course especially the identification of day symbols, navigation lights and sound signals.

Course outcome

The participant will have experience and confidence to sit an Irish Sailing Association or Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster practical assessment.

Additional information

This course consists of night sailing. All equipment and meals on board are included in the price.

Course Dates

Course Dates 2022 / 2023

Feb 2023 - 20th - 24th ( prep ) 25th & 26th (exam) - 3 places available.

October 17th - 21st  (prep) 22nd & 23rd (exam) - Course FULL

November 14th - 18th ( prep) 19th & 20th (exam) - Course FULL





The following logged within 10 years of the exam in a sailing yacht.
  • 800 miles
  • 30 days at sea, 2 days as skipper
  • 12 night hours
If you hold the Coastal Skipper practical course completion certificate this is reduced to;
  • 400 miles
  • 20 days at sea, 2 days as skipper
  • 12 night hours
The following logged within 10 years of the exam in either motor or sail yacht as appropriate.
  • 50 days at sea
  • 2500nm logged
  • 5 passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.
  • 5 days as skipper
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