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Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

Ocean Theory

A course in astro-navigation, worldwide meteorology and passage planning. During the course you will become familiar with how to set up and take sights with a sextant.

Course topics include the earth and celestial sphere, the PZX triangle, the sextant, measurement of time, meridian altitudes, sun, star and other sights, compass checking, satellite navigation systems, great circle sailing, meteorology, passage planning, passage making and communications.

Assessment for the course is in the form of a two hour exam. Upon successful completion, the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased certificate will be issued.

In order to obtain the full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, you will need to complete as skipper or mate of a yacht, a qualifying passage and take an oral assessment with an RYA Ocean examiner. The qualifying passage must be at least 600 nautical miles non-stop.

The ocean shorebased course and the qualifying passage can be done at any time assuming you have the assumed knowledge detailed below. The oral exam can only be taken if you already hold an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

Low Season (November to March) £450.00 GBP per person
High Season (April to October) £450.00 GBP per person
Course Details
Duration 5 days - Monday 10:00 to Friday 18:00
Suggested minimum pre-course experience: Coastal and offshore sailing
Assumed Knowledge: Navigation to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased standard
What your fees include:
  • Fully qualified professional instruction and use of navigation equipment (sextant)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased course pack which includes practice navigation tables
  • RYA Astro Navigation Handbook
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased certificate upon successful completion of the course
What´s not included:
  • Shorebased accommodation from Sunday to Saturday morning
  • Breton plotter and dividers - you can use the school's equipment or purchase your own from us if you prefer
  • Lunch and refreshments
Availability: Every week, all year round. Contact us to see if we have space for your chosen dates.