Planning a voyage

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore

Classroom Theory Course

On the Yachtmaster Theory course you'll consolidate everything you learnt on Day Skipper & learn how to plan longer passages at sea. 

Yachtmaster Theory is in many ways less of a steep learning curve than Day Skipper. Having already covered the basic nuts and bolts of navigation it's now just a matter of filling in the gaps & completing the picture. 

Don't delay! With chartwork it really is a case of 'use it or lose it'. Here's what Doug had to say: 

"I wish I hadn't left it so long between my Day Skipper Theory course and my Yachtmaster Theory course. It would have been much better to have done this the following year."

Scroll down the page to book your place. Our next course starts in November 2018.

The New Yachtmaster course

The RYA created a totally new course in 2017. It's very different to the old Yachtmaster Theory course with much more emphasis on electronic navigation and passage planning. The meteorology exam paper has been replaced with a passage planning exam. You'll need time to research the information and prepare your passage plan at home to get the most benefit out of that part of the course. Because of this increase in course content we've decided to spread out the course dates this year. As well as these new aspects the standard yachtmaster topics below are still included in the course.

  • More precise secondary port calculations to anchor safely anywhere
  • Plan longer tidal passages - a definite requirement if you sail in the North West
  • Full knowledge of the collision regulations
  • Three assessment papers; passage planning, chartwork & col. regs.

Yachtmaster Theory with Bay Sea School is a great opportunity to learn more about sailing & boating from the North West expert and award-winning instructor, John Parlane. Some things you just can't learn from books or an online course. But you'll also have access to our special online facility, unique to Bay Sea School, for additional support at home. We really want you to enjoy learning to be  safe skipper. 

For those of you new to Bay Sea School, John is a Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner as well as an Inspector of other RYA Training Centres. That's top level in the RYA sail training world! You can read what clients say about him on tripadvisor. You'll perhaps then see why he's a winner of the RYA 'Instructor of the Year' award! 

A new link road provides quick access directly from the M6. Morecambe is about an hour's drive from Manchester at the weekend.

Private courses & 1:1 tuition can be arranged. Contact us for more details.

The course cost includes the RYA course pack and certificate. We also provide fresh filter coffee & instant, a selection of teas with biscuits at break times. Please bring your own lunch, writing materials, course plotter & dividers.

2018/2019 6-day Course Dates Start Time Places Left

Saturdays: Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15, Feb. 2, 16.

 9.30 am 10

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 above to get your copy now!