Yachtmaster Ocean Course

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean

Yachtmaster Ocean:

To qualify for your Yachmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, you will first have to pass the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. We offer the Ocean Theory as an online option.


You will also have to take your Ocean Sights, which form part of the Ocean Oral.  Below are the Yachtmaster Ocean Exam pre-requisites:


All Candidates must have completed a qualifying passage within the past 10 years as skipper or mate in sole charge of a watch on a suitable vessel, which meets the following criteria:

  1. The Candidate was fully involved in the planning of the passage, including selection of the route, the navigational plan, checking the material condition of the vessel and her equipment, storing with spare gear, water and victuals and organising the watch-keeping routine.
  2. During the passage a minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles must have been run by the log, the yacht must have been more than 50 miles from land or charted objects capable of being used for navigation/position fixing while sailing a distance of at least 200 miles.
  3. To be eligible as an ocean qualifying passage the distance between departure and arrival points by the shortest navigable route must be more than 600 miles.


Form of Exam – oral and written assessment of sights taken at sea.

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