RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

RYA MCA Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory Course
The Solar System used by RYA Ocean Yachtmaster candidates for astro nav

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) Ocean, 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:

Ocean Shorebased Courses during Covid-19 Lockdown

  • Webinar- ten sessions face to face 0900-1310 (only available during Covid-19 lockdown)
  • Webinar- five days face to face 0900-1800 with regular breaks
  • Online, in your own time

Ocean Shorebased Courses after Covid-19 Lockdown

  • Webinar- five days face to face 0900-1800 with regular breaks
  • Classroom – five consecutive days
  • 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 and booking 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. A more detailed syllabus follows

The earth and the celestial sphere

  • Definition of observer’s zenith and position of a heavenly body in terms of latitude, longitude, GHA and declination
  • Right angle relationships, latitude and co-lat, declination and polar distance
  • Relationship between GHA, longitude and LHA
  • Tabulation of declination in nautical almanac
  • Rate of increase of hour angle with time

The PZX triangle

  • The tabulated components of the triangle, LHA, co-lat and polar distance
  • The calculable components, zenith distance and azimuth
  • Relationship between zenith distance and altitude
  • Introduction to the tabular method of solution in the Air Navigation Tables and the basic sight form
  • The use of calculators for the solution of the PZX triangle

The sextant

  • Practical guide to the use and care of a sextant at sea
  • Conversion of sextant altitude to true altitude
  • Application of dip, index error and refraction
  • Correction of side error, perpendicularity, index error and collimation error

Measurement of time

  • Definition of, and relationship between, UT, LMT, standard time and zone time
  • Rating of chronometers and watches

Meridian altitudes

  • Forecasting time of meridian altitude
  • Reduction of meridian altitude sights

Sun, star and other sights

  • Reduction and plotting of sun sights using
  • Air Navigation Tables
  • Awareness of use of calculator for sight reduction
  • The plotting of sun-run-sun meridian altitude
  • Awareness of the reduction and plotting of sights obtained from stars, moon and planets

Compass checking

  • Use of amplitude and azimuth tables systems and/or calculator

Satellite Navigation Systems

  • Principles and limitations of use of all systems

Great circle sailing

  • Comparison of rhumb lines and great circles
  • Vertices and composite tracks
  • The computation of a series of rhumb lines approximating to a great circle by use of gnomonic and Mercator projections

Meteorology

  • General pressure distribution and prevailing winds over the oceans of the world
  • Tropical revolving storms, seasonal occurrence and forecasting by observation

Passage planning

  • Publications available to assist with planning of long passages (routeing charts, ocean passages of the world and other publications)
  • Preparation for ocean passage including survival equipment, victualling, water and fuel management, chafe protection, spares and maintenance

Passage making

  • Navigational routine
  • Watchkeeping
  • Crew management

Communications

  • Satellite and terrestrial systems
  • Weather information

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 WEBINAR BASED OPTION

  • Login to the face to face Webinars
  • 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
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased written exam (some candidates will need to be invigilated, read here if this applies to you)

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, (some candidates will need to be invigilated, read here if this applies to you)

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

  • Overseas postage- click for charges, (only required for the online and webinar course)
  • Meals

RYA OCEAN YACHTMASTER COURSE RATIOS

Ocean Yachtmaster ratio in the classroom

The RYA limits centres to running this course with 12 students. We have halved that number and will not take more than 6 bookings per “5-day” classroom course, this means you each get a double desk to spread out at and can access more of the Instructor’s time.  In reality the class size is often smaller and we do run with as few as two students. Night school may run with more students, as you have the opportunity to do home work and the Instructor can make time available to you between sessions. The classroom is also equipped with 4 sextants and a huge selection of ocean passage planning books and publications.

Ocean Yachtmaster ratio by webinar

We restrict the maximum number of students to ten for the course, although we will run with a lot less.

WHY CHOOSE CHIEFTAIN TRAINING FOR THE RYA OCEAN YACHTMASTER COURSE?

We have four RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructors on our team.

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 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.

RYA OCEAN YACHTMASTER SHOREBASED WEBINAR & ONLINE COURSE OPTIONS INVIGILATION:

If you are taking the online or webinar version of the course you will complete the same assessment paper as our classroom students. For the majority of our students this paper does not require invigilation. However if you intend to use the certificate as entry into the Chief Mate or Master 200 certification route then you will require invigilation. This does not have to be carried out here in Southampton, we can arrange for invigilation with an RYA Instructor near you (for which there may be a fee).

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 would like to book the online course, please change the drop down “Course” menu below to “RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased (online).”

RYA YACHTMASTER OCEAN SHOREBASED WEBINAR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

If you choose the Webinar version of this course (available during Covid-19 lockdown) you will require;

  • Use of a desktop, laptop or tablet with reasonable broadband connection (smart phone is to small)
  • Webcam
  • Access to a printer (between sessions)
  • A room at home where you will not be disturbed by other household members

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