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RYA Yachtmaster Mileage Building

The RYA Yachtmaster Mileage Building Course provides a unique opportunity for aspiring sailors to accumulate valuable sea miles and practical experience necessary for obtaining advanced boating licenses and certifications. This course focuses on enhancing participants' seamanship skills, navigation knowledge, and overall proficiency in handling yachts, preparing them for the challenges of the Yachtmaster assessment.

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While the Yachtmaster Mileage Building Course does not directly issue a boating license or boat license, the accrued sea miles and hands-on experience gained during the course play a crucial role in meeting the prerequisites for obtaining the esteemed RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore licenses.

These licenses are recognized worldwide as a testament to a skipper's competence in yacht handling and navigation.

Participants in this course engage in practical sailing exercises, navigation practice, and seamanship tasks aimed at building their confidence and expertise on the water. By logging significant sea miles under various conditions, sailors can demonstrate their ability to navigate safely, handle yachts proficiently, and make informed decisions while at sea.

The Yachtmaster Mileage Building Course serves as a stepping stone for individuals looking to progress towards higher-level boating certifications and career opportunities in the maritime industry. The skills honed during this course, combined with the accumulated sea time, lay a strong foundation for success in the Yachtmaster assessment and future endeavors as a certified yacht skipper.

By participating in the RYA Yachtmaster Mileage Building Course, sailors can enhance their boating skills, expand their knowledge of yacht operations, and work towards fulfilling the requirements for advanced boating licenses. This course not only offers a fulfilling sailing experience but also sets the foundation for achieving the esteemed Yachtmaster qualifications, opening doors to exciting possibilities in the world of yachting and maritime navigation.



Boat Preparation

Learn how to thoroughly prepare your vessel for a sea journey, including conducting pre-departure checks, ensuring safety equipment is ready, and verifying weather forecasts.

Boat Handling

 Gain practical skills in handling lines, fenders, and sails, ensuring efficient and safe operations on deck.


Understand the basics of maritime navigation, including chart reading, plotting courses, and using GPS and other navigational aids to ensure safe travel.


Learn the techniques for navigating in coastal waters and harbors, using visual references and pilotage charts for precise maneuvering.


Study weather patterns, forecasts, and how to interpret meteorological data to make informed decisions while at sea.

Rules of the Road

Familiarize yourself with the international regulations for preventing collisions at sea, including right-of-way rules and proper signaling.

Maintenance and Repair Work

Gain knowledge on routine maintenance tasks and basic repair techniques to keep your vessel in good working condition.


Understand the operation and maintenance of marine engines, including troubleshooting common issues and performing regular checks.


Learn how to provision your boat for a voyage, including selecting and storing food, managing water supplies, and ensuring nutritional needs are met.

Emergency Situations

Prepare for potential emergencies by learning the procedures for dealing with situations like fire, flooding, medical issues, and abandoning ship.

Yacht Handling Under Power

Develop the skills needed to maneuver a yacht using its engine, including docking, anchoring, and handling in tight spaces.

Passage Making

Understand the planning and execution of longer sea passages, including route planning, watchkeeping, and managing the crew.

Night Cruising

Learn the techniques for safe navigation and boat handling during nighttime, including the use of lights, night vision, and radar.


Master the art of steering the boat, maintaining course, and making precise maneuvers under various conditions.

General Duties

Gain an understanding of the daily tasks and responsibilities on board, including managing the crew, maintaining cleanliness, and ensuring the overall well-being of the vessel and its occupants.

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Duration & Experience Required

‍The duration of the course includes three days of preparation and practice, followed by a two-day examination period during which each candidate will undergo approximately 6 hours of assessment. The student-to-instructor ratio is kept low, with a maximum of five and a minimum of four candidates per boat to ensure personalized attention and effective learning.

Experience required:​​

Candidates aiming for the Yachtmaster Offshore certification must meet specific prerequisites, including

  • A minimum of 50 days of sailing time, covering 2,500 miles, and demonstrating skipper experience in various sailing conditions.

  • They must also hold a GMDSS restricted radio operator's certificate or higher.

  • A valid first aid certificate.

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Similarly, candidates pursuing the Yachtmaster Coastal certification must fulfill prerequisites related to sailing time, miles sailed, night sailing experience, and relevant certificates while being at least 17 years old.

What should you bring

Even in Ibiza, there can be sudden shifts in weather when you are sailing in the open sea. You should come prepared with a variety of clothing options and plenty of sun protection. You should bring along the recommended list of items found on the Following page.

What's included

  • Accommodation on the yacht 

  • Drinks and lunch, which you can have in one of our beautiful coves in Ibiza, if the weather permits

  • Fuel costs and mooring

  • Insurance while onboard

  • Fresh towels, bed linen, pillow and a duvet

  • Training from one of our highly qualified and certified instructors 

  • Travel insurance, accommodation offboard, and any other expenses will be covered by the student.

  • For any questions or special requirements, please feel free reach out to us.​

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