Yachtmaster Preparation and Exam

Course content

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

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore MCA exams can be taken in either sail or motor yachts. 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 (available either On Line; or in our classroom) prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.

This is very much a hands-on course - polishing existing skills 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

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. If you would like a theory refresher why not book a theory course, or contact us to do it on line?

VHF (SRC), First Aid (taken during the previous 3 years for the RYA First Aid and 5 years if STCW95) are required.

Ability after course

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

You can also commercially endorse the Yachtmaster Offshore and work on a yacht up to 24m / 200 gt.


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.

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.


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.

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; First Aid; RADAR ; and Sea Survival

Minimum duration

6 days tuition / 7 nights on board.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included

  • All our clients get their own berth – no need to share;
  • Your preparation is designed to polish your skills for the exam so we will be back in our base marina each night;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – usually Andy or Richard;
  • 4 days of preparation, half a day to finish the passage plan and 1.5 days of exam, with 7 nights accommodation;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and 2 towels per person – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own so you should manage to fly with hand luggage;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – including a including a glass of wine, gin and tonic or a beer after a days sailing;
  • Two evening meals on board the yacht;
  • 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 / 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 (without wheels) 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.

Course prices