An RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence
is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.
Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster
. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and sea time, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.
However, most applicants wish to spend a week refreshing their knowledge and skills before taking the Yachtmaster practical exam
There are 2 ways to gain a Certificate of Competence - one at Yachtmaster Coastal level and the other at Offshore level.Yachtmaster Coastal Exam pre-requisites
- 30 days seatime
- 800 miles
- 2 days as skipper
- 12 night hours
- Half the mileage must be in tidal waters.
- Qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
- NB for holders of the Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion Certificate, the sea time is reduced to 400 miles and 20 days on board
- 6 -10 hours for 1 candidate
- 8 - 16 hours for 2 candidates
- No more than two candidates can be examined in 24 hours
- No more than four candidates can be examined in one 2 day session