This RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical course is an advanced course which reviews all aspects of the RYA syllabus, with particular emphasis on command skills, boat handling under sail and power in confined spaces, plus navigation and pilotage techniques in daylight, at night and in reduced visibility.

Adverse weather conditions and coping with emergencies are also covered. It is assumed you will have knowledge of; navigation, meteorology, collision regulations safety and passage planning up to RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster shore based standard.

The course concentrates on the techniques and skills required to skipper a yacht on offshore passages, during day and night, involving more complex decision making, cruise planning, navigation, and pilotage. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to improve your close quarters boat handling skills under power and sail.

Preparation of the yacht for heavy weather cruising and navigation in restricted visibility is also discussed and practised.

This course has an independent RYA examination during the last two days of the course. The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical course lasts for seven days and you sleep and eat on board.


Minimum Pre Course Experience & Qualifications: Minimum 2,500 miles logged at sea, including 50 days onboard, with 5 as skipper, 5 passages of over 60 miles, including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.

At least 50 percent of this experience must be in tidal waters.

SRC VHF Radio Operators licence and an RYA First Aid certificate or equivalent is also required.

Click here for a list of acceptable first aid certificates (i.e RYA First Aid or FAW)

Recommended Knowledge: Boat handling to the standard of the Coastal Skipper practical and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased

Course Content: Advanced passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations

Ability after the Course: The successful student will be awarded MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate.

The qualification is a “tidal” qualification so is recognised in tidal and non tidal waters. This qualification also allows you to apply for an International Certificate of Competence, (ICC) which will enable you to charter a yacht anywhere in the world.

A commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence will enable you to work as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt in category 1 to 6 waters – that is up to 150 miles from a harbour or safe haven.

Click here for more information on commercial endorsements

Next Step: RYA Cruising Instructor / RYA Yachtmaster Ocean


Further Information

What to Expect

  • This course is not for the beginner.  You can expect to learning advanced sailing techniques in a range of conditions and situations.
  • You can expect to be maneuvering the boat under engine on and off pontoons in challenging conditions under both sail and power.
  • You can expect to plan longer offshore passages.
  • You can expect to be skippering the yacht whilst conducting precise night navigation and using pilotage skills.
  • You may drop anchor for the night, other times you may tie on to a buoy or stay in a marina.
  • You can expect a friendly club instructor keen to teach you everything you want to know.
  • Each day of the course is packed with activity. The days are normally longer than previous courses and it’s not unusual to sail well into the evening.

Where will you sail?

You will sail mainly in the Solent.  There are plenty of places to visit without going to the same place twice in a week.

The Solent is a great place to learn advanced sailing techniques. There are numerous harbours, bays, creeks, rivers, marinas and anchorages making it ideal to practice and test a whole range of yachting skills.

Because of the large volume of other boats and busy shipping activity, the Solent provides students with a challenge to their seamanship and navigational skills.


Our yachts are based at Mercury Marina, Hamble.  Please click HERE for directions and information.


Yachtmaster Offshore courses are normally conducted on one of our two superb training yachts, Sapphire of Broadway and Spirit of Broadway.  They are both Halberg Rassy 34 and are one of the highest quality and safest training yachts on the Solent.

Your Instructor

Your skipper will be a highly experienced commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Instructor. They are normally serving or retired Police Officers & Police Staff and have often completed all their training within the MPSC.

They will normally make contact with you before the start of the course and you will be provided with their contact number and email in your joining instructions.


Accommodation during a sailing course is on board the yacht and crew berthing is arranged by the skipper on the first day. We only ever have a maximum ratio of four students to one instructor.


There are limited showers on board, but most nights you will be in a marina with good hot showers and shoreside facilities.


We cater on board for all meals, although it is customary to eat out on at least one evening. The skipper will do their best to provide food that is healthy and nutritious.   There will always be a plentiful supply of chocolate and biscuits.

We will do our best to accommodate any special dietary requirements. Just make your instructor  aware when you receive your joining instructions.

Start/Finish Times

The course starts at 1700 on the Sunday evening and you can expect to get away by around 4pm on the final day of your course.

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like some advice about which course is best for you, please contact us on the Clubline, 0208 643 4292 for a chat.



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