RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence

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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
Minimum seatime
  • 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

Minimum age
  • 18 years

Exam duration

  • 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





Yachtmaster Offshore Exam pre-requisites

Minimum seatime

  • 50 days seatime
  • 2,500 miles
  • 5 days experience as skipper
  • 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination.
  • Skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages.
  • Half the mileage and passages must be in tidal waters.
  • Qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.

Practical Certification required

  • A restricted (VHF only) Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate.
  • A valid First Aid Certificate (first aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are acceptable).

Minimum age

  • 18 years

Exam duration

  • 8-12 hours for 1 candidate
  • 10-18 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
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