RYA Yachtmaster Theory – Venture Sailing

RYA Yachtmaster Theory


Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.


  • RYA Day Skipper Theory 
  • 6 Days theory Training 
  • RYA Instructor 
  • Includes Accommodation and all meals at 3 Star Hotel
  • Free navigation bag with starter kit
  • RYA recognised training school
We run our Theory courses in a classroom at a local 3 star hotel in Shanklin where accommodation is provided as part of the course You will meet your crew and instructor for the 5-day theory course at 0900 on Monday morning. The first day is covering the basics, and a chance to get to know each other, as the week progresses we will be covering the syllabus in detail with plenty of time to go over each topic. on the last day there will be a written exam.
Pre-course experience 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht, also Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand.
  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad
Unless otherwise agreed we will meet the the at 1900 on the evening before at 
East Cowes marina 

Britannia Way 
East Cowes 
Isle of Wight 
PO32 6UB
United Kingdom

By prior arraignment we can also meet at Southampton Town Quay and also Portsmouth Harbour 

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