Yachtmaster Prep Week


The Yachtmaster Offshore Prep Week prepares experienced sailors for the Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. This is not a teaching course, but rather a preparation course with review of your existing skills and polishing it to RYA standards. The Prep Week is held over a period of 5 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time navigation.

During the week 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, radar, and other situations one might encounter as a skipper. We will review relevant theory such as the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea, communications, navigation and various terminology.

From our base in Antigua, you will sail out of Jolly Harbour and practise navigating in St. Johns Harbour, around the north of the island to Long Island and then back down to Falmouth and English Harbour. Daily practice will also include docking in different conditions.  Do not expect to log a 60 mile passage during this practice week, or to have many miles added to your logbook, as we concentrate on skippering skills and not distances.

We often schedule complementary courses, should you need them, prior to or immediately following the Offshore/Coastal Prep Week, such as 

RYA First Aid,


RYA Diesel Engine

RYA Radar

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

Prerequisites to sit for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam (completed in the last 10 years)

  • 800 Nautical Miles of which minimum 400 in tidal waters
  • These may be reduced to 400nm of which minimum 200 in tidal waters if you hold a RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate of Completion
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 12 night hours
  • 30 days at sea
  • SRC/VHF Radio Certification
  • First Aid Certification within the last two years
  • 17 years old at time of exam
  • 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.

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 useful before and during your preparation.

Once you have obtained your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal certificate of competence, you can request the Commercial Endorsement. We can help you with the process and advise on the Professional Practices & Responsibilities (PPR) course, which is one of the requirements for this Endorsement.

Included Safety equipment 

Accommodation on board in a shared cabin

Sheets, pillow cover, quick dry towel

Docking fees 

Fuel and water 

Teaching materials

Not included Food provisioning to share with other students

Transport from and to the school

Exam Fee – paid directly to the RYA

Duration 5 days prep + 2-day exam
Bring along Please download “Joining Instructions” below



Minimum of 3 Students – Maximum of 5 Students

1850 USD per person

414A Jolly Harbour, Antigua