The holders of MCA / RYA Yachtmster Offshore Certificate with commercial endoresement can skipper a commercial yacht >200 gt up to 150 miles from safe heaven day or night.

The MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate is a great achivement for those who want to start a career in yachting as well for recreational sailors who want to expand their knowledge and imrove their skippering skills. The holders of MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore have the option to become instructors as well to progress to the MCA merchant scheme.

The duration of the preparation is 5 days followed by a 1 to 2 days exam depending on the number of candidates. The 5 days preparation is quite intense en route form Lefkas to Corfu and is contucted by experienced Yachtmaster instructors to already experienced sailors with deep knowledge of theory. During the preparation your intructor will coach you accordingly in order to fill any gaps and improve any weaknesses of yours.

The duration of the exam is 8 to 12 hours per candidate in which you will have to demonstrate a wide breadth of existing knowledge and skippering skills. The exam takes place at Corfu.

Dates 11 – 16 April 2022 17 – 21 October 2022 14 – 18 November 2022
Available Spaces




Pre-Course Experience
  • 2500 miles
  • At least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages
  • 5 days experience as skipper
  • At least half this mileage and passages must be conducted in tidal waters
* All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam
Certification Required
  1. A GMDSS SRC or higher grade of marine radio
  2. A valid first aid certificate
Assumed Knowledge
  • Deep knowledge of navigation theory
  • Solid boat handling experience in close quarters
  • Understanding of efficient trim and how to make a boat go faster under sail
Duration of Preparation 5 days
Duration of Examination
  • 8 to 12 hours for 1 candidate
  • 10 to 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
Minimum Recommended Age 18
Candidates – Instructor Ratio 4:1 maximum
Course Syllabus
  • Responsibilities of skipper
  • Close quarters boat handling
  • Hoisting, reefing and dropping sails
  • Tacking, gybing and efficient sail trim
  • Berthing and anchoring
  • Rules of the road and signals
  • Safety
  • MOB
  • General seamanship, including maintenance
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
After the Course Experience A Yachtmaster offshore holder is competent to skipper a yacht>200 gt on passage up to 150 miles from safe heaven day or night
Certificate Granted (upon successful completion) MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
Price 1100 €
Extra Costs 224 £ exam fee payable to the RYA

What’s Included

  • Preparation by MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

  • Provisions for all meals on board

  • Soft drinks

  • Fuel, gas, water,

  • All mooring fees

  • Bed linen & towels

  • Course material incuded

  • V.A.T

What’s not included

  • Cost of drinks & meals ashore

  • Cost of tranfers and flight to / from our base

  • Exam fees


  • Ideal for those who want to start a career as professional skippers

  • You will need to bring two passport sised photos
  • Ideal for recreational sailors who want to imrove their skippering skills
  • Improve skills, gain experience, expand knowledge


The holders of a MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate who want to start a career in yachting can attempt a Yachtmaster offshore exam. A Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate holder is competent to skipper a yacht >200 gt on passages up to 150 miles from safe heaven day and night.

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