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Yachtmaster Theory Course

Yachtmaster Theory Course

The yachtmaster theory course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.

We will focus on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. It is very important to have the Day Skipper Theory level to follow this course without any problem.

It allows some time for revision of the basics, and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

The yachtmaster theory course is taught over 40 hours with four exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course topics include:

1. Position
● Dead reckoning and estimated position
● Satellite-derived position
● Use of waypoints to fix position
● Radar fixes
● Techniques of visual fixing
● Fixes using a mixture of position lines
● Relative accuracy of different methods of position fixing
● Area of uncertainty

2. The magnetic compass
● Allowance for variation
● Change of variation with time and position
● Causes of deviation
● Swing for deviation (but not correction)
● Allowance for deviation
● Different types of compass

3. Tides
● Causes of tide – Springs and Neaps
● Tide tables – sources
● Tidal levels and datum
● Standard and secondary ports
● Tide anomalies (Solent, etc.)

4. Tidal Streams
● Sources of tidal information
● Tidal stream information in sailing directions and Yachtsman’s Almanacs
● Allowance for tidal streams in computing a course to steer
● Tide rips, overfalls and races
● Tidal observation buoys, beacons etc.

5. Buoyage
● IALA system buoyage in Region A
● Limitations of buoys as navigational aids

6. Lights
● Characteristics
● Ranges – visual, luminous and nominal
● Rising and dipping distances
● Light lists

7. Pilotage
● Harbour regulations and control signals
● Methods of pre-planning
● Clearing lines
● Use of soundings
● Transits and leading lines

8. GPS and chart plotters
● Principles of operation and limitations of use
● Raster and vector charts
● Datum
● Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source and keeping a separate record of position
● Importance of paper charts

9. Echo sounders

10. Logs (speed and distance measuring)

11. Deck log
● Importance of log as yacht’s official document
● Layout of log, hourly and occasional entries

12. Meteorology
● Basic terms, the Beaufort scale b. Air masses c. Cloud types d. Weather patterns associated with pressure and frontal systems e. Sources of weather forecasts f. Ability to interpret a shipping forecast, weatherfax and weather satellite information g. Land and sea breezes h. Sea fog i. Use of barometer as a forecasting aid

13. Rules of the Road
● A sound knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, except Annexes 1 and 314. Safety at Sea
● Personal safety, use of lifejackets, safety harnesses and lifelines
● Fire prevention and fire fighting
● Distress signals
● Coastguard and Boat Safety Scheme
● Preparation for heavy weather
● Liferafts and helicopter rescue
● Understanding of capabilities of vessel and basic knowledge of stability

15. Navigation in restricted visibility
● Precautions to be taken in fog
● Limitations to safe navigation imposed by fog
● Navigation in poor visibility

16. Passage planning
● Preparation of charts and notebook for route planning and making, and use at sea
● Customs regulations as they apply to yachts
● Routine for navigating in coastal waters
● Strategy for course laying
● Use of waypoints and routes
● Weather forecast information for passage planning strategy
● Sources of local and national regulations