Yachtmaster Offshore

Sail Practical and Exam

Professional Yachting’s Most Recognized Certification!


7 Days (2 Exam Days)

344 Aquidneck Ave.

Middletown, RI 02840


  • Class Details
  • Course Syllabus 
  •   Prerequisites 
  • Commercial Endorsement 
Class Details

The Yachtmaster Sail Practical and Exam course, offered for either Offshore or Coastal certification, covers boat handling under sail and power, and in confined spaces. Through this course students will also learn navigation and pilotage techniques in daylight, at night, and in reduced visibility. This course reviews all aspects of the RYA Theory syllabus, instructing students on coping with emergencies as well as adverse weather conditions.

Learn Aboard our Sailing Yacht

This course is designed for those who want to be prepared for advanced navigation and practical skippering of a boat that is at least 7m or 23ft. This course includes 6-7 intense days aboard a sailing yacht provided by Confident Captain on a “Preparatory Cruise” guided by a qualified instructor.

Course Syllabus 

Topics covered in the Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Practical and Exam include:

  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Safety
  • Passage Planning and Pilotage
  • Emergency Situations
  • Boat Handling
  • General Seamanship
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Skipper Responsibilities & Ability
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology/Weather/Adverse Weather
  • Radio Use/Signals
  • Troubleshooting Diesel Engines
  • Radar

In order to enroll in the Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Practical and Exam, all candidates must meet the following applicable criteria:

Required Sea-time

  • 50 days -2,500nm including at least 5 passages over 60 miles
  • Acting as skipper for at least 2 of these passages
  • Including 2 overnight passages
  • 5 days experience as skipper

Required Certificate


  • ENG 1 (Professional Only)
  • STCW-10 (Professional Only)
  • Basic First Aid Certificate (Recreational Only)
  • SRC/VHF Certification
  • 18 years of age or older
Commercial Endorsement 

Students often choose to get their Yachtmaster Offshore Certification commercially endorsed. If a candidate chooses to go this route, s/he will have to provide documentation of all of the following in addition to that listed in the Prerequisites section:

  • STCW-10*

Available at Confident Captain

  • Original copy of ENG-1*

Physical examination are no longer given in Newport, RI. Please contact us for additional information at captain@confidentcaptain.com

  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities Course (PPR)*

*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.

Course Dates:

Out of Stock? Sign up for our waitlist for free and you will be contacted if a spot opens up for you.

Need Help?

Need help deciding on the right course?

Contact us at captain@confidentcaptain.com

Online RYA Courses

Register for the RYA VHF Radio Certificate Course, created for anyone who owns a marine VHF radio. The Short Range Radio Certificate is required by law if operating a radio with Digital Selective Calling. The course requires approximately 5 hours of studying before an in-person exam at Confident Captain or an RYA Training Center.

The RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities course is a compulsory online course for the RYA Commercial Endorsement holders. This course is for individuals who are looking to obtain RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew.

Get In Touch


344 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02840


9 AM to 5 PM


(401) 735-0100