RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence who are preparing for their first ocean passage.  Prior to the course your navigation skills should be at the standard of the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course.  If you are working towards your RYA Yachtmaster™ Ocean Certificate of Competence, completion of this shorebased course exempts you from the written exam.

The course will cover all aspects of ocean navigation with particular emphasis on the use of astro-navigation (use of a sextant), worldwide meteorology, passage planning, crew management and communications at sea.

The course is delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training.  To get a feel for the course click here for a free trial.  You will be supported by our qualified training centre instructors on behalf of Navathome.com.  To complete the course there is an exam that is invigilated by ASIA Pacific Yachting.

The course is made available for a 6 month period. Should you need to extend this for a subsequent 6 month period an administrative fee will be levied (see T&Cs for details).

Pre-course Practical Requirements:No mandated practical Certificate of Competence but usually targeted at those hold a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC or Officer of the Watch (Yachts 3000gt) issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Pre-course Theory Requirements:Level of RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory course
Course duration:40 hrs (will depend on an individual’s ability)
Minimum age:16
What’s Included:RYA Yachtmaster (Ocean) Workbook.

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Email and phone assistance by qualified instructors.

Cost:HKD 4,000
Exam:IMPORTANT: This exam must be invigilated at an RYA Training Center if it’s to be used as an exemption from the RYA Ocean final written exam. We can do the invigilation in Hong Kong. The cost of the invigilation is extra, please ask us for the current rates.
Award:RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Certificate
Next Step:Qualifying passage and then take the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam. **** WE DO NOT OFFER THE ORAL EXAM (USUALLY DONE IN THE UK OR AUSTRALIA) ****

Delivered via an on-line web based training course for you to complete at your own speed.

Support is provided by your assigned instructor.

The course is made available for 6 months.  Should you wish to extend that period there is a service charge (see T&Cs for detials)

You will require the following equipment:

  • Access to a computer or tablet device with internet connection.
  • Sextant.

The earth and the celestial sphere, practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea, meridian altitudes, sun, star and other sights, ocean passage planning.

If you want to avoid the extra exam paper while doing your RYA Ocean exam, the course final assessment needs to be moderated at an RYA Training Centre.  This can be done at our centre in Hong Kong.  Please request the rates for the moderation when you are ready for the exam.

Complete an ocean qualifying passage (for definition see G15)  as mate or skipper taking sights consisting of at least a sun run meridian altitude and a compass check by the azimuth of the sun, moon, star or a planet.  Once completed the RYA Ocean YachtmasterTM oral exam can be undertaken.



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This course is available all year.