MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Power

The Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Courses are very similar in the way we run them. They are both a four day preparation course followed by a one day exam (making a five day package). Whilst the syllabus for each is very similar, the Offshore candidate requires more logged sea time and will be pushed harder in the exam. If you’re unsure as to exactly which level you should aim for, we are happy for you to book the preparation course and decide part way through, once you have seen the kind of exercises involved. The external examiner will not know which exam you are each taking until he/she meets you.


Simple really! To work with you to ensure you pass your exam. The preparation time not only helps get you familiar with the boat, the operating area and the crew, but it also looks at exam techniques and polishes any rusty skills.


Five days (with a 0930 start on day 1). The first four days are spent with our instructor on board coaching you. Day 5 is devoted to the exam. There will be several late finishes as night pilotage is part of the training and the exam, although accommodation is not provided onboard the boat overnight.


30 days motor cruising
800 miles logged
12 night hours
12 days as skipper
In date First Aid certificate
RYA Sea Survival Course (recommended – compulsory if you are seeking a MCA / RYA Commercial Endorsement)
RYA Membership (join here)
50 days motor cruising
2,500 miles logged
50 night hours
5 passages of sixty miles or more (with 2 overnight and 2 as skipper)
Valid First Aid certificate
RYA Sea Survival Course (recommended for leisure boaters – compulsory if you are seeking a MCA / RYA Commercial Endorsement)


The preparation part of the week is intended to act as a refresher on pilotage, boat handling, safety, skippering and passage planning. In particular, skills like blind navigation, electronic navigation (radar and GPS), night pilotage and MOB procedure are considered. During the exam, candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability as a Yachtmaster and are asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shorebased courses up to Yachtmaster level.


5-days use of our Sea Ray 37 motor cruiser (or a similar boat)
4-days of instruction
Diesel and on board consumables
Lunch, tea/coffee and snacks onboard
Evening meals onboard
Free berthing at the home port
1-year’s free introductory RNLI membership
Free parking at our marina
One evening meal (usually eaten ashore)
Wet Weather gear (£20 per week to hire)
MCA Yachtmaster Exam Fee (paid to the examiner on the day)
Overnight accommodation onboard the boat
The dates below denote the first day of the five day preparation and exam package. The courses start at 0930 on the first morning. If these dates do not suit, please contact us to discuss alternatives.