RYA Yachtmaster (Shorebased Theory)

CORONAVIRUS NOTICE: At current, due to COVID-19, there are some changes to the normal running of this course. This includes student screening, the use of PPE, social distancing, and enhanced hygiene protocols. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.




40 Hours (plus homework)

Assumed Pre-Course Ability

RYA Day Skipper Theory

Ability after the course

Able to safely plan day and night passages including offshore and inshore navigation

Exam Type / Duration

3 Hours (Approx.)

Max. Instructor / Student Ratio


Course Information

The RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster theory is advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. The course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for RYA Coastal Skipper /Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

Or RYA Yachtmaster Theory courses are taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of evening classes or as an intensive course over 6 days or 3 weekends. A comprehensive course pack is included, as well as two exercise charts, course handbook, and the course exercises work-book. We also provide FREE OF CHARGE a full size course plotter, brass dividers and the RYA Training Almanac, saving you £25.

Our evening courses are available to book online, if you wish to book an intensive course, please call us on 0117 929 1153. The RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Theory course is also available as an online interactive course.

Course content: Position fixing, Course shaping and plotting, advanced tidal knowledge, use of almanacs, admiralty & pilotage publications, electronic navigation, plotting weather systems, weather predictions and observations, using a barometer, collision regulations, customs regulations for cruising abroad, taking and interpreting weather forecasts

Course Materials Provided:

RYA YMAP Student Pack, including:

  • Course Notes
  • Course Exercises
  • Assessment Papers
  • RYA Training Chart 3
  • RYA Training Chart 4
  • Portland Plotter & Dividers Kit
VENUE: Bristol Maritime Academy, Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG


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