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RYA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence Courses

/RYA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence Courses

Practical courses

Yachtmaster Coastal Practical Course + Exam

Duration: 5 days course plus the Exam.

This practical course prepares candidates for the Yachtmaster Coastal Exam.  The course is held over a period of 5 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time navigation, to refine and review […]

Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course + Exam

Duration: 5 days + exam.

The Yachtmaster Offshore Prep + Exam package prepares experienced sailors for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam.  This preparation course is held over a period of 5 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time navigation, as […]

Intensive courses

Yachtmaster Coastal Intensive: Theory and Practical + Exam

Duration: 9 days Theory & Sailing Prep + Exam

The Yachtmaster Coastal Intensive prepares experienced sailors for the Yachtmaster Coastal Exam.  This preparation course is held over a period of 9 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time navigation, […]

Yachtmaster Offshore Intensive: Theory and Practical + Exam

Duration: 9 days of Theory & Sailing Prep + Exam

The Yachtmaster Offshore Intensive prepares experienced sailors for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam.  This preparation course is held over a period of 9 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time […]

Theory courses

Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

Duration: 40 hours.

The Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory course is the same for both power and sail.  We recommend having completed at least the RYA Day Skipper Theory course, an equivalent advanced course for the Italian or foreign nautical license, […]

Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Shorebased Course

Duration: 5 days / 2 weekend

The Yachtmaster Ocean course is the same for sailing or power programs.  To have access to the Yachtmaster Ocean Exam, the candidate must already have his or her Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
The […]

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean – Theory Course + Esame

Duration: 5 days + Exam

This packet includes our Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course and the oral examination by the RYA examiner in the days following the course.

The Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course is the same for sailing or power programs. […]

RYA/MCA Commercial Endorsement

A commercial endorsement is required for work on board British flagged vessels subject to the MCA’s codes of practice for small commercial vessels.
The following certificates can receive the standard commercial endorsement

Course completion certificates:

  • RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling Certificate
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat […]
RYA sail training courses
RYA specialist courses
Second Star Sailing is Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognized Training Centre and offers, alongside its Italian sailing courses and learning cruises, the entire RYA Sail Training Cruising Program. Our courses cover both Theory and Practice, from Start Sailing to Day Skipper and all the way through Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean.

The theory courses that lead towards the different Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence are about 40 hours of classroom time plus written exams, be it for Coastal/Offshore or Yachtmaster Ocean.  Our Shorebased courses also include specialist short classes such as the RYA’s First Aid at Sea, VHF/SRC Radio, Diesel Engine, and Professional Practices & Responsibilities (PPR).  Some of these courses can also be taken online for your convenience.

The practical courses range from the Start Yachting and Competent Crew to Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster.

All our RYA courses are held in English, and most of our instructors are multilingual.   Basic English language skills will be required, although no prior knowledge of technical or nautical terms is needed.   If you have any questions regarding your level of English, please do not hesitate to call us – we can help you assess it!

The achievement of courses and RYA / MCA Yachtmaster exams enable to:

  • Yachtmaster Coastal – vessels under 24 metres  &  200Gt within 20 miles of a safe haven
  • Yachtmaster Offshore – vessels up to 200Gt within 150 miles from a safe haven
  • Yachtmaster Ocean – vessels up to 200Gt without a limits

The Commercial Endorsement of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) at each level described above will qualify you to the professional use of each of the titles according to their individual restrictions.

The classic sequence is to take the Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory course, take the written test, and follow it with a practical Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore Practical Prep Week followed by the Exam.  We also offer the option to take these as a combined course, by taking a 9 day Intensive followed by the exam.    Once you have obtained your Yachtmaster Offshore you can then sit for the Yachtmaster Ocean exam (you can take the theory course prior to that time).  This is all subject to an evaluation of your qualifications, mileage, days at sea, and your radio and First Aid certifications.

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