So you think you are nearly ready to sit the Yachtmaster Offshore examination. Firstly, I would like to point out that there is no requirement that you do a Yachtmaster Prep course before you sit the Yachtmaster Offshore examination. The preparation course offered by most sail cruising training centres is not an official RYA course with a syllabus as such. It is an opportunity to get out on a yacht and practice before the examiner steps onboard. I did not attend a preparation course but I did have my own small 28-foot yacht with which to practice on.
The Yachtmaster prep courses are run by a Yachtmaster instructor normally over 4 days with an examiner stepping onboard on day 5 and 6 depending on the number of candidates being put forward for the exam. The Yachtmaster Instructor will be looking for your weaker areas and giving you constant feedback on the areas you need to brush up on and giving you the opportunity to practice them under his or her guidance.
Who is the Yachtmaster prep course suitable for?
- Those that meet the examination pre-requisites. Check these out on the RYA website… CLICK HERE
Anyone with all the theoretical knowledge acquired in the Yachtmaster theory course.
Anyone who has researched the examination competencies and feels that with only a small amount of practice and brushing up, they are ready to sit and pass the Yachtmaster examination.
For anyone who knows they have all the skills and knowledge but maybe lack a little confidence in a practical examination situation.
For anyone who wishes to increase the odds of them passing the Yachtmaster Offshore Examination.
Who is the Yachtmaster prep course not suitable for?
For those who do not have the theoretical knowledge. The prep course is a chance to be tested under pressure it is not a course where you will be taught the theory.
For anyone who has gained the prerequisite number of miles but has never skippered a yacht. Please familiarise yourself with all the criteria.
For anyone who is hoping to be taught how to be a Yachtmaster. The preparation training is normally run over 4 days with at least another 2 students on board. There will not be time to teach you everything, it is an opportunity to have a Yachtmaster Instructor onboard to identify a few weak areas and concentrate on improving those skills.
To sum up, it is important that you do not waste the time of the instructor, examiner, and other students by being unprepared. You should feel fairly sure you have the skills and knowledge before attending this practical preparation. There are numerous books, websites, and resources available to you which detail the skills, drills and theory you will be tested on. Each examiner has their own approach as to how best to get you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge but basically, they are looking for safety being at the forefront of every action and decision you make.
Most RYA Training Centres running sailing courses will offer this Yachtmaster preparation course. To find centres worldwide offering this training, please CLICK HERE