Please remember that these pages are here to reflect Beverley's and Gaynor's journey to become yachtmasters. They are full of practical help, videos and other material. They are here purely as a guide, and are no substitute to doing the course yourself. As well as specific videos that we have put together to cover a section of the course, we have included other material for additional knowledge.

Please note that this is our current project, so please check in from time to time to see how we are doing, or you can sign up to our newsletter which we send out on a mothly basis and keeps you upto date on our progress.

To become a Yachtmaster you may be given the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of competence in the areas listed below. In each section the examiner will expect to see the candidate take full responsibility for the management of the yacht and crew. In Yachtmaster Offshore exams the candidate will be expected to demonstrate competence based on broad experience.

  1. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  2. Safety
  3. Boat Handling
  4. General Seamanship, including maintenance
  5. Responsibilities of skipper
  6. Navigation
  7. Meteorology
  8. Signals

In addition to these requirements you must have a valid First Aid Certificate and Radio Licence.

Collision Regulations

1. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

For International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea Questions will be confined to the International Regulations and although candidates must be aware of the existence of Local...

2. Safety

Candidates will be expected to know what safety equipment should be carried on board a yacht, based either on the recommendations in the RYA Boat Safety Handbook (C8), the ISAF Special Regulations...
Boat Handling

3. Boat Handling

Candidates for Coastal Skipper examinations will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in simple situations only. Candidates for Yachtmaster Offshore will be expected to answer...
General Seamanship, including maintenance

4. General Seamanship, including maintenance

For this you need to know:- Properties, use and care of synthetic fibre ropes Knots General deck-work at sea and in harbour Engine operations and routine checks Improvisation of...

6. Navigation

There is lots to cover in Navigation including:- Charts, navigational publications and sources of navigational information Chartwork including position fixing and shaping course to allow...
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Raising money for the RNLI

We were only on our third sail in our brand new boat to us and we had to call the coast guard for assistance. That assistance came in the shape of a RNLI boat from Portpatrick, so we have decided to raise money for the RNLI through our Damsels in distress page on just giving, that way you know that any money goes straight to them. We have set ourselves a target of £500 and we would like to honour our pledge, so if you like our videos then please give a little to those who rescue people in the seas around the UK.

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