RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

Minimum duration: 

40 hours (plus exam time)

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Equally valuable to those fascinated by the prospect of navigating by the planets and stars or simply keen to arm themselves with a reliable alternative to electronic navigation this course unravels the mysteries of the sextant and considers the wide range of practical skills essential to ocean passage making. It consists of astro-navigation, meteorology, passage planning and communications.

Topics covered include:
• The Earth and the Celestial Sphere.
• Practical guide to use and care of a sextant at sea.
• Calculation of position by means of sextant observations.
• Ocean Meteorology.
• Ocean passage planning.
• Ocean passage making.

Prior to the course your navigation skills should be at the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course. If you are working towards your Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, completion of this shorebased course exempts you from the written exam.

The next course starts on the 2nd October 2017 and is every Monday until the 4th December 2017 when the course pauses for Christmas. It continues on the 8th January 2018 and is every Monday until the 12th March 2018.

Prices:  NON MEMBERS - Please create an account by Clicking - Member Login (top right hand corner)> Create new account.  

Member Rate: £95 including all course materials.

Non Member Rate: £250 including all course materials.
(includes membership for the duration of the course, and the option to purchase pro-rata rate Membership for the rest of the year)


Knowledge assumed: 

Assumes a knowledge of all subjects covered in the other shorebased courses.

Experience required: 

Experience coastal and offshore passage making.

Ability after the course: 

A background knowledge of the planning and implementation of ocean passages.


Training categories: 

Upcoming courses

2 October 2017


Monday Evenings - 2nd October through to 12th March 2018 - 6pm to 9pm