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Advanced RYA Sailing Courses


RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Preparation and Exams

The RYA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competency are amongst the most highly regarded sailing qualifications in the world. Awarded after an external examination, a Yachtmaster certificate is proof of the high level of skill and knowledge needed to skipper yachts commercially, as well as for pleasure. 

The Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore are examined to the same syllabus and exams for both certificates can be carried out at the same time. The difference between the two certificates is that a Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.



MST runs a five-day preparation course for Yachtmaster candidates, which is followed immediately by the exam. Our Yachtmaster preparation courses are never shared with students on other courses. 

Exam Pre-Requisites

Yachtmaster Coastal:

  • 30 days at sea 

  • 2 days as skipper

  • 800 miles

  • 12 night hours

This may be reduced to 20 days at sea and 400 miles if you hold an RYA Coastal Skipper certificate. 

Yachtmaster Offshore:

  • 50 days at sea

  • 5 days as skipper 

  • 2500 miles 

  • 5 passages over 60nm, which must include two passages at night and two passages acting as skipper


All exam candidates must have an RYA Short Range Certificate or other valid GMDSS radio operator's certificate, and a valid RYA First Aid certificate or acceptable alternative.

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