RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and Exam

Course Overview

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore prep and exam course is the final step on a student’s journey to becoming a fully qualified, professional skipper. For a student, achieving the Yachtmaster Offshore qualification means that he or she can sail commercially and work towards becoming an instructor or other sailing professional.

To become commercially endorsed the following must be held:

  • RYA Sea Survival
  • ML5 medical certificate
  • First aid certificate
  • Radio Operators Licence - needed before starting this course
  • Sea survival and medical certificate - needed before starting this course

Why take this course with Prometheus?

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation Course teaches the skills and techniques required to skipper safely on offshore passages by day and by night, including passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage, yacht handling under sail and power, as well as in adverse weather conditions and emergencies.

The first five days of this seven-day course involve preparation for the final exam, with your instructor ensuring that you have the knowledge, understanding and techniques required to pass the assessment. You will focus on improving your weak areas, ensuring that your sailing manner is both safe and efficient.

On day five an RYA Examiner will step aboard and ask you to complete various tasks and manoeuvres to assess your ability. The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights onboard your yacht 
  • Instructor 
  • Breakfast  
  • Lunch 
  • 2 evening meals
  • Soft drinks and snacks 
  • Wet weather gear 
  • Fuel, gas and engine hours


Off-peak (1st December – 31st March): £789pp

Peak Season (1st April – 30th November): £810pp

Yachtmaster™ Offshore exam pre-requisites

  • 50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages.
  • 5 days experience as skipper.
  • At least half this mileage and passages must be conducted in tidal waters.
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
  • A GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade of marine radio certificate.
  • A valid first aid certificate

Additional Important Information

The Yachtmaster Offshore exam costs £241* which needs to be bought along with you and is payable to the examiner. 

Please remember to also bring photo ID and 2 passport size photos with you for the certificate to be issued.

* Exam fee correct at time of publishing and subject to change without prior notice - Check the RYA website here.

Next Course Date

Our next 7 day Yachtmaster Offshore preparation and exam course is

20-27th October 2024