RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore preparation and exam (Motor)

Course content

The MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Motor / Power preparation week is designed to polish your skills so that you can pass the YMCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power Certificate of Competence.

During the preparation you will practice the skills you have learnt over 2500nm of motoring - getting ready for the examiner to test you are at the standard to be awarded the Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.

Pre-course experience

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).

At least 50% of your experience must be in tidal waters, and also at least 2500nm must be on a motor yacht of between 10m and 24m.

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.

Ability after course

Skipper a yacht on passages by day and night within 150 nm of a safe haven

Suggested reading

If you do not have your own Log Book we suggest that you get one from the RYA - it also includes the Yachtmaster Exam syllabus


All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

Suggested itinerary

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.

Your exam will normally start on the Thursday evening.


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.

Your Yachtmaster exam is normally on the Friday and Saturday - accomodation and the use of the aycht is included in the preparation fee

Suggested reading

A good book to test your skills is the Yachtmaster Quiz Book

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included

  • All our clients get their own cabin – no need to share;
  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Tuition from an experienced Yachtmaster Instructor - often Andy himself;
  • accommodation throughout is included, as is 6 days preparation before the exam;
  • 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;
  • Evening meals when sailing late are included;
  • All mooring fees, diesel and gas – no hidden extras.

Notes: We do not include: 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 – there is a radio on board that you can connect your iPod to, so please bring with you some music;
  • 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.
  • Plotter and dividers - you will be asked to do a passage plan for the examiner so please bring your plotters and dividers with you (if you do not have a pair then we do have some for sale)

Note: 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 we ask you bring a soft sailing bag.

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

Cost of the preparation and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam

We offer an all inclusive package for our yachtmaster prep and exam

Note: Cost of the RYA exam fee is extra.

Course dates