RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with ionianMode in Greece

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation Course Description

  • The holders of the MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate with commercial endorsement 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 achievement for those who want to start a career in yachting as well as recreational sailors who want to expand their knowledge and improve their skippering skills. The holders of MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore have the option to become instructors as well as 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-day preparation is quite intense en route from Lefkas and is conducted by experienced Yachtmaster instructors to already experienced sailors with deep knowledge of theory. During the preparation, your instructor 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 in Lefkas.
Dates24 – 29/10  
Available Spaces




  • 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

  1. A GMDSS SRC or higher grade of marine radio
  2. A valid first aid certificate
  • 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 Preparation5 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 Age18
Candidates – Instructor Ratio4:1 maximum
  • 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 ExperienceA 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
Price1.350 €
Extra Costs£224 exam fee payable to the RYA  (www.rya.org.uk ) 

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

  • WiFi unlimited internet (speed depending on mobile signal quality)
  • V.A.T

What’s not included

  • Cost of drinks & meals ashore

  • Cost of transfers 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-sized photos
  • Ideal for recreational sailors who want to improve their skippering skills
  • Improve skills, gain experience, expand knowledge

Next Steps After the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore 

The holders of a MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who want to start a career in yachting can jump to the MCA Scheme starting from the MASTER 200  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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