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Yachtmaster Ocean Course

Yachtmaster Ocean Course

Unravel the mysteries of astronavigation, using a sextant, ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and electronical navigation aids.

This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage.

sextantTopics covered include:

  • The earth and the celestial sphere
  • Practical guide to the use and care of sextant at sea
  • Meridian altitudes
  • Sun, stars and other sights
  • Ocean passage planning
  • Prior to the course your navigation skills should be on the level of the Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course.


The course is taught over 40 hours with one exam paper. We can offer this course as an intensive week-long course or online.


NOTE: The practical element of this Certificate of Competence is a 600 mile offshore passage can be completely done of our mileage building and experience cruises.

Yachtmaster Ocean exam pre-requisites

  • Minimum seatime: Ocean passage as skipper or mate of watch. 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 yacht and her equipment, storing spare gear, water and victuals and organising the watch-keeping routine; During the passage a minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles must have been run by the log, the yacht must have been at sea continuously for at least 96 hours and the yaessential navigationcht must have been more than 50 miles from land or charted objects while sailing a distance of at least 200 miles. Please see the ‘definition of passage’.               All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.


  • Examination: Oral and written assessment of sights take at sea. If you hold the Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased certificate you are exempt from the written assessment.
    • For the oral exam, the candidate must provide the examiner with the following information 48 hours before the exam:
      • A narrative account of the planning and execution of the qualifying passage that provides all relevant details.
      • Navigation records, completed on board a yacht in transit, out of sight of land, showing that the candidate has navigated the yacht without the use of electronic aids to navigation. Records should include, at a minimum, planning, narrowing, and plotting a meridian altitude view of solar operation and a compass check performed using the heading of the sun, moon, star, or planet
    • The written exam will include questions about sight and sight reduction and world weather.
      • If you are in possession of the Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Certificate of Completion, or a full STCW Certificate of Proficiency issued by the MCA as a Deck Officer (unlimited) you will be exempt from the written exam.
      • Before booking your exam check that:
        • You have completed the required mileage and skipper experience
        • Have read the syllabus in RYA Logbook 
        • You have read and meet the above prerequisites.
      • If you need your Certificate of Proficiency to work aboard a commercial vessel subject to MCA codes of practice, you will need to obtain the Commercial Endorsement.
      • Please note: Only those who hold the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Proficiency are eligible to receive the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Proficiency upon passing the oral exam. OOW (Yacht 3000gt) holders will receive a pass confirmation certificate.


  •  Certification required: RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. An RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper Certificate is not qualified.


  • Minimum exam duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.

A commercially endorsed Yachtmaster™ Ocean Certificate of Competence will enable you to work worldwide as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt.
This Certificate of Competence can be used commercially in its own right. It is also a pre-requisite for the MCA’s Chief Mate, Master 500 and Master 3000 qualifications.


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