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RYA Courses > Motor Boat > Yachtmaster Offshore (MCA) Download information on PDF

Course content

Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. Use of the equipment on board the yacht, rules of the road and meteorology.

Notes: RYA Yachtmaster Offshore MCA exams can be taken in either sail or motor yachts, and in tidal or non-tidal waters. Due to our location all our courses are tidal.

The Yachtmaster Offshore MCA preparation is very much hands-on with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.

This is very much a hands-on course - introducing new skills, and polishing existing ones to enable you to handle a yacht to the level required for Yachtmaster Offshore MCA

You will be spending the complete week on board the yacht.


Pre-course experience

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The requirements for minimum experience for Yachtmaster Offshore can only be defined in quantitative terms. Quality of experience in different geographical areas and weather conditions is also important 50 days, 2500 miles, and five qualifying passages over 60nm (two of which you have to be skipper).

Half the qualifying seatime must be in tidal waters.

Assumed knowledge

Has the knowledge to skipper a yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150nm from harbour.

Good knowledge of theory to Yachtmaster Theory level is needed.

VHF (SRC) , First Aid (taken during the previous three years) are required.

If you wish to have a Commercial Endorsement so you can work then you will also need your Sea Survival and have completed the PPR course (contact us for more details).

Ability after course

Skipper a yacht on passages by day and night within 150 nm of a safe haven, and with the Commercial Endorsement be paid to take a motor yacht on Skipper a yacht on passages by day and night within 150 nm of a safe haven. Skipper a yacht on passages by day and night within 150 nm of a safe haven passages.

Instructors

All our preparation courses are run by one of our experienced Yachtmaster  instructors, and overseen by our Principle Andrew Williams, himself an RYA / MCA Examiner for Sail, Motor, Powerboat and Ocean.


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On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink, before being allocated a passage plan to prepare. You are also asked to familiarise yourself with the boat ready for the next day.

On the Saturday morning you will be asked to give a safety briefing with some assistance from your Instructor. For the rest of you time with us, until the Examiner gets on board on the Wednesday lunchtime, you will be practising your sailing skills. Time will also be given to run over your passage plan.

On the evening of Thursday we have our end of course drinks in our classroom, with the certificate presentation.  A great chance to chat over the highlights of the week.

On the Friday morning we ask you to leave the yacht at 10:00 so we can get it ready for the next week.


Starts

We ask our clients to arrive on Friday.  We clean our boats and do any maintenance between 10:00 and 17:00 so if you arrive earlier we will look after your bags for you.  At 17:00 we invite you to get on the yachts and meet your Instructor, and at 18:30 we hold a welcome drink in our classroom to introduce you to the crew on the other boats, and all our Instructors.

Notes:Because of our location you have the advantage that you normally arrive in our marina within 15 minutes of collecting your bags.
 
Ends

On the Friday we ask you to get off the yacht at 10:00 so we can clean her ready for the next week.  If you have a later flight we can look after your bags for you – and why not think of our one day courses: Diesel Engine; VHF; First Aid; RADAR and Sea Survival


Minimum Duration
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Boats
Carver356

Notes:All our boats are commercially registered and are therefore fully insured according to Spanish law. They also meet both Spanish, and the RYA’s safety standards.


As usual with Club Yachting the following is included:

  • All our clients get their own berth
  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Unlike other schools we include accommodation on board your yacht – which means you do not have to get separate accommodation;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – including a including a glass of wine, or a beer after a days sailing;
  • Two evening meals on board the yacht – often one is a barbeque in a small bay where you get the opportunity to swim with turtles;
  • All mooring fees – no hidden extras;
  • Air conditioning is available throughout the boat with separate controls for each cabin.

Notes: We do not include fuel (we ask you to pay a share of the cost of fuel, but in the Canaries is much cheaper than elsewhere at about €1 per litre), flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.


Must bring your own:

Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!

Music / DVD – there is a CD on the boat (and a DVD player on Club Class boats), so please bring with you a CD / DVD or 2.

Mobile phone charging – There is a 12v “cigarette” style socket on board the yacht which is live even when sailing, and a 240v socket (Spanish type) for when connected to shore power.

Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.

Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at www.ehic.org.uk.

Seasickness - It is advisable to bring with you a seasickness remedy if you have suffered in the past.  There is a local chemist in the town of Las Galletas – ask your Instructor where it is at the Friday night drink.

Notes: All bedding, bed linen (sheet, duvet cover and pillow) and a towel are provided.  Please make sure that you let us know if you suffer from allergies as we provide feather pillows as standard.


Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate.  You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore.  As the boat has limited storage space a sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage.

Notes: We lend you a shower / wind proof jacket (normally only needed for the sea spray).  Please give it back to us on the Thursday evening.

Which boat?

Following extensive feedback from our clients we have introduced some other options on our larger Club Class yachts according to which option you book:


Carver 356 (6 days / 7 nights accommodation)

800 €

 
Notes:This includes all the examiners costs, use of the yacht etc. Not included is the MCA exam fee which is payable to the RYA.

If two persons share a cabin there is a 10% discount. We can also offer a discount in the quieter summer months and anytime is you book two or more weeks – contact us for more details.
We accept PAYPAL payments!Marine Leisure Asociation RYA Training Center TenerifeBritish Marine Federation RYA Vouchers accepted!
 

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