Yachtmaster Intensive Offshore


Our course prepares experienced sailors for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam.

This special Theory and Practical Prep version of the course is held over a period of a minimum of 11 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time navigation, as well as theory sessions to cover the entire RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory syllabus and a Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Prep to review your skills under the requirements of the Exam.

During the course we review your existing sailing experience while developing additional skills to manage the vessel using RYA principles and practices to the appropriate level of competence. Areas covered include but are not limited to: sailing of the vessel in different weather conditions, Man Over Board exercises, safety and emergency procedures, leadership and management of the crew, provisioning, navigation exercises such as blind navigation and passage planning, a review of the functioning of the diesel engine, and other situations one might encounter as a skipper. As a combined course we constantly review theoretical concepts such the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, communications, navigation and terminology. As a combined/intensive course, you will take the YM Theory written assessment at the end of the course to obtain the Theory Certificate.

We often schedule complementary courses, should you need them, prior to or immediately following the Yachtmaster Offshore Intensive, such as 

RYA First Aid

RYA SRC Radio 

RYA Diesel Engine

RYA Radar

As you complete the course, you will continue to the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam, which we try to schedule after a one or two day break following the course.

As a reminder, the minimum prerequisites to sit for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam are: (completed in the last 10 years)

  • 2,500 Nautical Miles of which 1,250 in tidal waters
  • 5 passages of more than 60 miles of which 2 as skipper
  • 2 overnight passages
  • 50 days at sea
  • SRC/VHF Radio Certification
  • First Aid Certification within the last two years
  • You can order paper or e-books on RYA SHOP – it is not mandatory, but there are several books that might be very usefull before and during your preparation.
Included Safety equipment 

Accommodation on board in a shared cabin

Sheets, pillow cover, quick dry towel

Docking fees

Fuel and water

Teaching materials

RYA Certificate

Not included Food provisioning to share with other students

Transport from and to the school

Exam Fee – paid directly to the RYA

Duration 11 days prep + 2-day exam
Bring along Please download “Joining Instructions” below



Minimum of 3 Students – Maximum of 5 Students

2599 USD per person

414A Jolly Harbour, Antigua

Additional information Please download the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Syllabus below