Four days in the classroom and one day onboard taking ‘real sights’. The shorebased syllabus, and the written exam, is fully covered during the four (long) days in the training room. There is an extra day for training of practical sextant training on an RYA Approved Training Vessel. This addition really makes the theoretical skills come to life, as you will take sights, calculate the time of the meridian, make accurate compass checks, and take practical sights, in real time. Whilst these sights cannot be used in your final exam, they ensure your practical skills match with your theoretical knowledge.
We will send you the joining Instructions after you have booked and paid for your course.
The Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence is the jewel in the crown of the RYA: to be a Master of Yachts unlimited by mileage. We added an extra day to our Yachtmaster Ocean course so you can put your newly gained theoretical skills into practice: taking real sights at sea and making real compass checks as the yacht sails through the day. Play with the stars and moon, should the weather permit, and plot your global position, onboard, in real conditions.
We aim to make our Ocean exam candidates the finest and we believe this course will secure that goal. Using the nautical pages for the current year and the present day you will calculate the time of the meridian for your day at sea; you will take morning sights, noon sights, afternoon sights, moon sights, star sights (the latter two weather permitting). The sextant will feel natural in your hand, the compass checks be clear and uncomplicated; the sight reduction tables not feared but your friend. Our ocean training will make the subject come to life and you will gain so much more confidence in your new skills.
Please note that the day at sea is a training exercise and therefore the sights taken on this trip cannot be submitted for your exam. The ‘sights’ for an assessment must be taken independently by the exam candidate. The offshore sailing school "De Zeezeilers" will help you prepare for the independent Ocean examination that takes the form of an interview. The Ocean oral examination fee is a separate fee and to be paid directly to the RYA on your exam application fee. The 2018 Ocean exam fee is 159.00 GBP.
Upon successful achievement of Yachtmaster Ocean status, and with your certificate commercially endorsed, you can work as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt, subject to the MCA’s codes of practice, worldwide. The Yachtmaster Ocean certificate is also a pre-requisite for the MCA’s Chief Mate, Master 500 and Master 3000 qualifications.