Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Theory


Class details

Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal Theory is an advanced class for those who have completed the RYA Day Skipper Course and who wish to continue towards Yachtmaster certification. The Offshore Courses are shore-based classes taught in the Confident Captain classrooms with experienced instructors. It is intended to enhance the skills of an experienced skipper who is ready to advance to more difficult passages such as offshore or at night.


Prerequisites – Yachtmaster Offshore

  • Fifty (50) days, five as skipper, totaling 2,500 miles
  • Five passages over 60 miles, including two overnight and two as skipper
  • First Aid/CPR certification*
  • VHF/SRC*
  • Copy of application*
  • Two Passport sized photos*

Prerequisites – Yachtmaster Coastal

  • 30 days, 2 days as skipper, totaling 800 miles
  • 12 night hours (if you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours)
  • Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters
  • First Aid/ CPR certification
  • VHF/ SRC
  • Copy of Application
  • Two Passport sized photos*

Price: $1849

Course Duration: 40hrs

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm

Location: 344 Aquidneck Avenue / Middletown, RI 02842

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Available Course Dates

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Course Syllabus

  • Positions fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position fixing equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions by using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision Regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad.

The Yachtmaster theory course is intensive and builds upon existing knowledge, so please arrive well prepared. There are many resources available as books and online to help with pre-course preparation and study.

Additional Information

Confident Captain students often choose to get their Yachtmaster Offshore Certification commercially endorsed. If a candidate chooses to go this route, he or she will have to provide documentation of all of the following in addition to that listed above:

*These items do not need to be submitted to Confident Captain staff in order to enroll in the course, but will be required at the time of examination.

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