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RYA Coastal Skipper/
Yachtmaster Offshore

Immerse yourself in Helmsmen Academy's premier RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Online Theory Course, expertly crafted and facilitated by our seasoned instructors. Delve into a comprehensive exploration of navigation, safety procedures, meteorology, and IRPCS, tailored for individuals aspiring to achieve RYA Coastal Skipper or RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certifications.

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When you enroll in the course, you gain access to:

  • 12-month access to the course materials online.

  • Access to student forums for collaborative learning opportunities.

  • Instructor support available via chat, email, or phone from 0800 to 2000 (UK time) on most days.

  • Dispatch of a student kit within a day, including charts and premium navigation tools.

  • Award of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Certificate upon successful completion and assessment.

  • 12 months access to 27 hours of video lessons, segmented into 89 lessons, with an approximate total study duration of 50 hours.

Study Resources & Support

  • Preparation for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical courses.

  • Opens doors to benefits such as yacht chartering privileges, lower insurance costs, and advanced offshore skippering prospects.

  • Ideal for skippers seeking to expand their sailing expertise and opportunities.

Course Highlights

Our course features a dynamic blend of video and written content in each module, providing a comprehensive learning experience with detailed lessons and assessments. Furthermore, module tests are meticulously designed using official RYA questions and offer personalized feedback from our seasoned instructors.

Upon finishing the course, students are carefully guided through the online RYA Yachtmaster Theory test. This remote examination comprises three papers and is followed by feedback once completed. The examination fees are covered as part of the course, except for cases involving commercial MCA validation*. We are dedicated to supporting every student until they achieve success.


After obtaining the online RYA Yachtmaster Theory qualification, students are well-prepared to take command of a vessel under varying conditions, be it day or night, navigating through intricate coastal and offshore scenarios. To attain the complete RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster status, students must undergo an additional practical session at a designated center, ensuring a comprehensive and hands-on learning experience.

Program Structure & Examination Overview:

RYA Navigation Exercises

RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition



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