RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

RYA MCA Ocean Shorebased Course
The Solar System used by RYA Ocean Yachtmaster candidates

RYA YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED COURSE AIMS:

To learn the art of “Astro Navigation” and the key concepts of planning Ocean Voyages. This is an advanced navigation course aimed at Blue Water sailors, anyone crossing the Atlantic (or other Oceans), Super Yacht Deck Officers and Commercial Yacht Skippers planning on operating more than 150NM from a safe haven. The RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased Course is also a stepping stone to the RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence and a mandatory certificate for the MCA Master 200/OOW 500 (unrestricted) and Chief Mate (less than 3000 tonnes) qualifications.

For leisure sailors this is the most advanced course in the RYA scheme and will give you more knowledge to sail safely to some of the worlds most stunning blue water destinations. For commercial sailors who already hold the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and/or Master 200 (restricted) CoC, becoming a Yachtmaster Ocean CoC, “removes the 150 mile from a safe haven” restriction you currently have. The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased course is a step towards the full RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster.

RYA YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED COURSE DURATION / OPTIONS:

  • Five consecutive days in the classroom
  • Night school – one evening a week for thirteen weeks
  • Night School & Weekend (combined)- One weekend and eight evenings
  • Online, in your own time

Available dates for all options can be found at the bottom of this page.

RYA YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED COURSE PRE REQUISITES:

Candidates should have navigation, passage planning and meteorology knowledge up to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased level and some practical experience of putting this knowledge into practice.

RYA YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED COURSE CONTENT:

The course covers celestial navigation, worldwide meteorology and passage planning. The majority of the course is spent developing an understanding of how to use the sextant, how to apply corrections and how to then calculate your position using the sun, moon, stars and planets.

For the classroom course, we provide all the tables, sextants and other tools for this course. During the week we will also cover the written exam required as a pre requisite for the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster oral exam.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RYA YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED COURSE:

OCEAN YACHTMASTER CLASSROOM BASED OPTION

  • Use of our sextants, routing charts and publications
  • RYA Ocean shorebased Notes
  • RYA Ocean Shorebased Excercise book
  • RYA Ocean Shorebased Nautical Almanac
  • RYA Ocean Shorebased Sight Reduction Tables
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased written exam
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Free (on street) parking

OCEAN YACHTMASTER ONLINE COURSE OPTION

  • RYA Ocean shorebased Notes
  • RYA Ocean Shorebased Excercise book
  • RYA Ocean Shorebased Nautical Almanac
  • RYA Ocean Shorebased Sight Reduction Tables
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased certificate
  • UK Postage
  • Email and telephone support 
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased written exam, (Candidates who intend to go on and use this certificate commercially will need to take the end of course exam paper under invigilated exam conditions (extra £55), contact us to discuss how we can facilitate this if you are not local to us).

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE RYA OCEAN YACHTMASTER COURSE:

  • Postage overseas (only required for the online course option)
  • Meals

RYA OCEAN YACHTMASTER COURSE RATIOS

The RYA limits centres to running with up-to 12 students on this course. We find that far too many, so for our 5-day and weekend courses so we limit the class size to 6, which means you each get a double desk to spread out at. In reality the class size is often smaller and we do run with as few as two students. Night school may run with slightly higher numbers where students have the opportunity to do home work each week.

The Ocean course, primarily covers how to take sextant sights and reduce them to a position. We feel an important part of that course is having some real goes at taking sights. Believe it or not there are some centres who attempt to teach this course without even one sextant in sight. Rest assured when you train with us there will be at least 4 sextants in the classroom and you will get plenty hands on practice to ensure you understand and remember the skills you will need later.

WHY CHOOSE CHIEFTAIN TRAINING FOR THE RYA OCEAN YACHTMASTER COURSE?

We have four RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructors on our staff and one RYA Ocean Examiner. While he does not examine our own students he helps us ensure we are pitching the course at the right level for candidates going on to take the MCA Yachtmaster Ocean exam.

Our classroom is equipped with four sextants and all of the ocean charts and publications that will be discussed on your course. As with all of our training, we ensure you learn using the real thing rather than pictures on a screen.

Our Principal Instructor has been teaching this course for 18 years. His first time pass rate for Yachtmaster Ocean candidates who have gone on to take the MCA/RYA Ocean exam is so far 100%. While we can not guarantee you a pass we have so far achieved this every time.

BOOKING THE RYA YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED COURSE:

If the dates below do not suit you please let us know. We may be able to offer something else, particularly if you are booking several months in advance. If you want to book the Online Course then change the category drop down menu below to “online”.

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