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Yachtmaster Prep Week

Pre-experience: Min 2500nm

Type: Practical course

Required experience: Yes

Duration: 1 week

RYA Certificate

The ultimate aim of aspiring skippers!

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

Target group

Experienced skippers who want to improve even further and consolidate their knowledge before their RYA Yachtmaster exam.

Min age 18


During this week we concentrate on fine tuning of all aspects of the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus. It is a final consolidation of your knowledge before your RYA Yachtmaster exam.

  • Navigation
  • Boat handling
  • Man over board
  • Safety
  • Meteorology
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Skippering ability
  • Long passages


Course design

During this course you will be fine tuning existing skills rather than learning new ones.

This 5 day practical course is designed for a maximum of 4 Yachtmaster exam candidates and up to a total of 5 participants. Your crewmembers might be students at Competent Crew level.

The course takes place on the water. Students are accommodated on board. A qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor will deliver the course content tailored to the needs of the participants.

Any training week will start with a general introduction and safety brief as well as an outlook over the week. Training in any other areas of the syllabus will be arranged flexibly according to the weather conditions and learning progress. Please do not plan additional activities.

Note that there are two different types of exams you can go for. The syllabus is the same for both.

Yachtmaster Coastal is expected to show understanding but may not have had the opportunity to practice all aspects of the syllabus under a range of different weather conditions

Yachtmaster Offshore is expected to show competence based on broad experience.

During and after the course you will get a qualified debrief about your progress, and advice about which exam you should go for.  Or, what further training you should complete before putting yourself forward to the exam.

Certificate issuing criteria

The Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a yacht on any passage on which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.

The Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a cruising yacht on costal passages (up to 60 miles from harbour) but does not necessarily have the experience to undertake longer passages.

Code of Conduct

Miles Ahead Sailing is committed to create an open, respectful and joyful learning environment, integrating everybody into the team. 

Exam & required pre experience:

depending on the Type of Exam you are aiming to.

Pre-requisites for YM Offshore

Pre-requisites for YM Coastal