Planning a voyage

RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course

taught 'live' via Zoom

This course has several names which can be confusing! It covers the recommended level of theory knowledge for both the Coastal Skipper practical course & exam and the more advanced Yachtmaster Offshore practical exam. 

Be sure you know all the the basics of navigation before doing this course. Day Skipper theory teaches the basics such as; EP, CTS, tidal heights & tidal streams. This course goes further, covering tidal calculations and passage planning over greater distances offshore by day and night. 

Please note: It's fine to do this theory course even if you've not yet done a Day Skipper practical course. 

Note: To reduce the chances of your course being disrupted by Covid, flu and all the other viruses in our midst, we'll continue teaching 'live' via zoom. Please contact us if you'd like more information about how this works. If necessary, we can arrange a test call with you. 

Main Topics 

  • More precise secondary port calculations to anchor safely anywhere
  • Emphasis on electronic navigation
  • Passage planning for longer trips - a must for cruising safely here in the North West
  • Full knowledge of the collision regulations
  • Three assessment papers; passage planning, chartwork & collregs.

Doing a Yachtmaster theory course with Bay Sea School offers a broader learning experience than a self-study distance-learning course. John Parlane is a Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner with almost 30 years cruising experience on his own yacht. Clients value the practical context he brings to the various theory topics.  

The course cost includes the RYA course pack and certificate.  You'll need to provide your own course plotter & dividers.

2023 Online Course via Zoom Start Time Places Left

Date to be announced

9am - 5pm


Click here for course joining instructions

What the RYA say about this course

"The Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster shorebased course is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates aiming to achieve the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.  The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects covered in the Day Skipper course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.

The assumed level of knowledge before starting this course is the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course.

Students are required to have a full knowledge of the 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' before completion of the shorebased course for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore.  There is, however, insufficient time available in the course to teach the subject fully.  The RYA book 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' (G2) is a useful book for the study of the regulations."  See the link below to get your copy now!