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Irish National Sailing School

Yachtmaster Preparation and Exam

Overview

Course Name :
Yachtmaster Preparation and Exam
Duration :
5 Days + 2 Exam Days
Cost :
€875 + Additional Costs
Additional Costs :
RYA set Examiners Fee
- €200 for Coastal
- €231 for Offshore) +
- Examiners Expenses (roughly €30)

There are two levels of Yachtmaster qualification that you can be assessed for. Our preparatory week is designed to assist you to prepare for each assessment.

  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competency
  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competency, which is one of the most prestigious sailing achievements to gain.

Our preparation course is designed to ensure that those who choose to go forward and take the examination have the best possible chance of passing first time.  The intensive week is used to practise all manoeuvres both power and sail and also to hone all navigational skills by day and night.  There is a residential option if required.

To pass the practical exam, a skipper must display the capability to handle a yacht in all conditions and effectively skipper the boat avoiding all dangers and taking many variables into account.

Programme Dates 2024

  • Prep Week 1: Monday 15th to Friday 19th January, Exam Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January – Booked Out
  • Prep Week 2: Monday 1st to Friday 5th April, Exam Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April – Booked Out
  • Prep Week 3: Tuesday 29th October to Saturday 2nd November, Exam Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th November

Bookings can only be made over the phone on 01 2844195 as we prefer to chat with each candidate prior to undertaking the programme.

Please note the preparatory week is designed to fine tune skills, not to teach new ones.

  • Intricate Passage Planning
  • Preparation for Offshore Passages
  • Pilotage plans for entering into harbours and coves by day and night
  • In depth skippering including all responsibilities
  • Advanced Yacht Handling under power
  • Heavy weather sailing and preparation
  • Understanding how to abandon a vessel.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

Candidate Preparation

This programme culminates in a high-level examination of practical boat handling skills, theoretical knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to the circumstances you are in. The first things that we advise candidates to consider is whether their theoretical knowledge and skills are to the standard of the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course (syllabus outlined below). The Yachtmaster Examinations do not require a course completion certificate as proof of competency on this, instead you’ll be expected to demonstrate it.

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course Content

Position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer.

Pre-Requisites

Candidates need to have with them during the examination:

  • A GMDSS compliant Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate such as the RYA Short Range Certificate or higher.
  • An RYA First Aid Certificate or another valid first aid certificate, as detailed on the RYA website.
  • Photographic ID card or document, such as passport or driving license

Application Form

You’ll need to complete the following application form before the examination, ideally before commencing the preparatory week. This requires a passport size photo:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Examination Application Form

Please print and bring this completed form with you on the first day of the course.

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