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Yachtmaster Prep Week - Motor 

An RYA Yachtmaster™ needs a wealth of knowledge, not only to cope with plain sailing or motor cruising but also to be able to cope in demanding situations.

RYA Yachtmaster Pre Week - Motor

An RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

The ratio of student to instructor is 4:1 (usually 3:1)

Pre Course Requirements

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal exam requires that you have a GMDSS SRC VHF Certificate & a valid First aid at sea certificate

You must have completed;

  • 50 days at sea (5 of which, being the Skipper)

  • 2500 nautical miles (half being in tidal waters)

  • 5 Passages over 60 miles (2 of which acting as Skipper)

  • 2 overnight passages over 60 miles

  • All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam

Most Yachtmaster candidates choose to book themselves into an RYA training centre for some tailor-made tuition to prepare them for the exam. This is not compulsory but if you have not previously undertaken any formal training it is unlikely that you will pass the exam.

*All sailing courses require a certain amount of physical activity.  If you are unsure as to your ability to take part in a course please contact us to discuss.

Pre Course Requirements

What to Bring

Sailors are exposed to the elements and must always be prepared for 4 seasons. Due to limited storage on board, we always recommend you bring lightweight clothing to suit all possible weather scenarios. Key things to bring include;

  • Sun Protection 

  • Sun Glasses 

  • Boat Friendly Shoes

  • Passport 

  • Shorts & T-shirts 

  • Light Trousers 

  • Bathing Equipment 

  • Lightweight Jumper or Jacket 

  • Personal Care Equipment (Shampoo, Deodorant, prescription Medicines)

  • Anti Sea Sickness Tablets - especially if not an experienced sailor.

What To Bring

Exam Topics

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam is a 12-18 hour assessment of your sailing abilities.


The examiner will assess you on the following;

  • Skippering Skills

  • Boat Handling

  • General Seamanship

  • Navigation

  • Safety Awareness & knowledge of IRPCS

  • Meteorology

  • Signals

Course Syllabus

What's Included

Here are a few things that are included in your Yachtmaster Prep Week

  • Welcome drinks on arrival

  • Breakfast & Lunch every day of the course.

  • 6 Nights accommodation on board the training yacht

  • Use of life jackets

  • Marina fees

  • Fuel for the duration of the course

  • Exclusive School T-shirt

  • Clean Bed Linen and towels

What´s Included
Post Course

Post Course

After being awarded your Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate, with some more theory-based courses under your belt you will be ready to become a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster! Find out more by clicking below.

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Marbella Sailing School is not just about being out on the water. Part of the RYA curriculum includes theory-based courses and vital skill training including First Aid & VHF Courses.

View all of our practical courses right here. Take to the sea and discover the joys of yachting while learning from experienced instructors who will make sure you learn & most importantly, have a good time.

For those looking to go from Zero to Hero, look no further than our Fast Track programs. Each one individually designed for your needs, whether it be for Charter or Professional work within the maritime industry.

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