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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore Exam Preparation Training

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At Falmouth School of Sailing, we offer exam preparation courses which help you hone your practical skills to prepare for taking the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore examinations.

At this stage, you will have already completed the qualifying miles needed for each qualification, so the focus of our preparation weeks are to make sure that you are confident and fully prepared in each area of the syllabus. Your instructor will work closely with you and your fellow students to ensure that your individual areas of concern and revision are covered.

Our courses are usually run over five days typically beginning at 17.00 on Sunday, with the examination stage starting on Friday afternoon, and finishing on Saturday.

All of Falmouth School of Sailing’s RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore preparation weeks and exams take place in Falmouth, Cornwall. The range of sheltered cruising waters of the Carrick Roads and the Fal Estuary provide a perfect training and testing area.

Your practical examination will be taken by an independent local RYA examiner who will test you on boat handling, man overboard procedures, passage planning, crew handling, blind pilotage and knowledge of lights and signals amongst other things.

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore qualifications will unlock the door to bare-boat charter worldwide, provide an entrance into the yacht industry, if commercially endorsed and give you a wealth of experience as a skipper.

Accommodation is provided on board the yacht during the course and lunch will be provided every day throughout the course duration. Evening meals will be provided for all but 1 of the nights. This allows one night for you to dine out with your fellow crew members (this meal will be at your own expense). Dinner is always an important meal after a busy day on the water. We encourage the cooking roles to be shared out equally amongst the boat, making it a team effort. We will always try our best to cater for individual dietary requirements wherever possible, however, at times offerings may be limited due to catering for multiple dietary requirements in a confined space.

Yachtmaster Coastal Pre-Examination Requirements

Documented minimum sea time completed on a seagoing or sailing motor yacht (as appropriate) in the last 10 years:

  • 30 days at sea on a vessel less than 24m LOA, which may be reduced to 12 days at sea on vessels less that 24m LOA, or substituted with 30 days at sea on yachts under 500gt if an RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course completion certificate or an RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence is held.
  • Two days as skipper on a vessel less than 24m LOA.
  • 800 miles, which can be reduced to 400 miles on vessels less than 24m LOA or substituted with 800 miles at sea on yachts under 500gt is an RYA Coastal Skipper practical course completion certificate or an RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence is held.
  • 12 night hours.

For information on qualifying passages please visit www.rya.org.uk/training/certificates-of-competence/qualifying-passages

Minimum Exam duration: 6-10 hours for one candidate. 8-14 hours for two candidates.

Minimum Age : 17 at the time of exam.

Yachtmaster Offshore Pre-Examination Requirements

Documented minimum sea time completed on a seagoing sailing or motor yacht (as appropriate) in the last 10 years:

  • 50 days at sea on yachts up to 500gt which may be reduced to 25 days if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
  • Five days as skipper on vessels less than 24m LOA, which may be reduced to three days if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
  • 2,5000 miles on yachts up to 500gt, which may be reduced to 1,250 miles if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
  • Five passages over 60 miles long, which must include two overnight passages and two as skipper, which may be reduced to three passages including one overnight and one as a skipper if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

For information on qualifying passages, please visit: www.rya.org.uk/training/certificates-of-competence/qualifying-passages .

Minimum Exam duration:  8-12hours for one candidate. 10-18 hours for two candidates. No more than two candidates can be examined in 24 hours and no more than four candidates can be examined in one two-day session.

Minimum Age : 18 at the time of exam.

For both the levels of examination, candidates will also need:

  • A passport sized photo
  • A VHF/DSC certificate
  • A recognised First Aid certificate
  • The appropriate exam fee payable to the RYA

Costs & Dates

*Exam fee is not included please see fees below.

Duration: 5 Days plus examination (7 days)

From: Sunday 1700 – Sunday 12:00

RYA Exam Fees: 

Yachtmaster Coastal £223

Yachtmaster Offshore £256

2024 Course Dates:

Sunday 7th – Sunday 14th April Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th May Sunday 9th – Sunday 16th June Sunday 4th – Sunday 11th August

Please contact the office to discuss further dates and availability.

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Falmouth School of Sailing (FSOS) is a well established family run recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre, with a vast and respected reputation throughout the maritime industry in Cornwall. For any sailors wishing to travel further afield, with the option of staying onboard overnight, we run Cruising Courses. These are available from beginner to professional skipper. We offer a large range of classroom and online theory courses in Basic Navigation, Day Skipper, Coastal Yachtmaster & Ocean Yachtmaster. To support our practical and theory courses we offer a large range of specialist short courses in, VHF-GMDSS Marine Radio, First Aid, Basic Sea Survival and Diesel Engine Maintenance to name a few.

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Falmouth School of Sailing reviews as published on Google:

Cecilia Weston

Cecilia Weston

Average rating: a month ago

We had a most amazing few days with the Falmouth Sailing School - a perfect mix of professional expertise learning the ropes of sailing, but also a great sense of humour and fun from our skipper Mike, alongside the wonderful scenery of the Falmouth estuary. We will be back again! Thanks also to the helpful admin team setting up all the arrangements.

Liz Elks

Jay is the most fantastic trainer and sailor. He is completely unflappable, incredibly calm even when the weather isn’t and an excellent teacher. The boat was very well maintained.the admin of booking the course and follow up through Falmouth School of Sailing has been very through. Both my husband and I learnt a lot and we look forward now with much more confidence to our sailing holiday in Greece. Thanks again team. Liz

Sarah

I recently completed the exam preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster certificate with Falmouth School of Sailing and I have to say it was worth every minute of my travels to get here from Germany including an 10 hour busride through rainy England. Falmouth has presented itself from its best side and I would choose this time of year again. Mild temperatures, blooming wildlife-

Mark Fernihough

Mark Fernihough

Average rating: 5 months ago

I recently completed my Day Skipper theory and practical with Falmouth School of Sailing, and what a great experience it was! My theory course in the classroom with Ian, was like a crash course in all things nautical. His teaching style was super relaxed, which gave me the confidence to ask for help when necessary, and his anecdotes helped me to remember all the important. As for the Day Skippers practical course with Keith, not only did we put all of our navigational learnings into practice we had a hell of a good laugh, doing it! Keith's wit and humor added a whole new dimension to our sailing adventure. Both courses were not just informative but also incredibly enjoyable. Ian and Keith's passion for life and sailing was contagious, and their expertise made even the trickiest stuff feel like a walk in the park. So, if you're considering any courses with Falmouth School of Sailing, I couldn’t recommend them highly enough! An absolutely fantastic experience!

Jacob Eisenberg

Jacob Eisenberg

A wonderful school filled with people passionate about sailing; the perfect place to rediscover one's love of sailing! From an excellent and patient skipper to supportive and caring office folks, I trust them to lead me back into sailing and cannot recommend this great school enough!

Graham M

Average rating: 31 August 2023

Great comp crew course. Thoroughly enjoyable whilst still learning a huge amount. A night at anchor in the Helford was idyllic and the passage up to Fowey exhilarating in some sporty conditions. Jay, the instructor, excelled in getting knowledge over whilst not making it feel like a lesson and his easy going manner made it feel more like a holiday than a course. The yacht was comfortable and well maintained. I will be definitely coming back when it's time to take the next step up.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Average rating: 25 August 2023

I completed my Day Skipper online theory and 5-day Day Skipper course with FSS and I would like to thank the team for their friendly, helpful and professional support throughout both courses. I especially wish to thank Keith who was our skipper/instructor/assessor on the training yacht. I learned a huge amount from him and really appreciated his knowledge, style, patience and humour!

Paul Stafford

Paul Stafford

Average rating: 5 August 2023

I recently achieved my Day Skipper through Falmouth School of Sailing and the course was first class. The vessel was well maintained and very comfortable. Our instructor Michelle was superb, I learnt so much from her over a week period and her method of teaching was excellent. I have attended other sailing schools in the past and Falmouth School of sailing is by far the best experience I have had. If anyone is looking to build on their knowledge of sailing then I highly recommend their services. I have already had the opportunity to meet the owner Rob, who took the time to advise me on how to proceed with my journey to becoming a yatch master. I will certainly be going back to continue on my learning journey and was equally impressed that all the courses are taught either on the water or on site at their own facilities. Not many sailing schools offer fire training. In short, excellent training and first class instruction. Thanks guys, it was a great experience.

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    Customer Reviews. Falmouth School of Sailing reviews as published on Google: Cecilia Weston. Average rating: 2 weeks ago We had a most amazing few days with the Falmouth Sailing School - a perfect mix of professional expertise learning the ropes of sailing, but also a great sense of humour and fun from our skipper Mike, alongside the wonderful scenery of the Falmouth estuary.