RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory Course

Learn over five days the Yachtmaster Theory syllabus.

What is the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course?

The RYA Yachtmaster Navigation Theory course is an intensive course with at least 40 hours tuition time plus a 6.5 hour exam session. Using a mixture of tuition aids, from whiteboard to TV screen and hands-on training aids, we will take you through the intensive navigation theory program.

We aim to make this training as comfortable for you as possible: our classroom is spacious, light and well ventilated with a supply of fresh drinking water for your comfort and convenience.



Virtual Interactive course through Zoom without Shorebased exam



Classroom course in Palma with Shorebased exam (optional)

What’s included in the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course?

The RYA Yachtmaster Navigation Theory course is an intensive course with at least 40 hours tuition time plus a 6.5 hour exam session.

Courses are usually run over five days, however, timings may well vary during the week to ensure the course meets the tuition time set by the RYA guidelines.

The course fee includes the following materials:

  • Course book
  • Training charts x 2
  • Training almanac
  • Shorebased exercise book
  • 2B pencil
  • Eraser
  • Plotter

What do I need to do the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course?

We are often asked about how best a candidate can prepare for the start of their theory week … our response is always “know your basics!”. Arrive on the first day of your course knowing the basics of vessel lights, vessel day shapes, collision regulations, buoyage etc. This is the most elementary part of navigation theory and is taught at Competent Crew level.

The tuition time of 40-hours should be further supported by revision of some subjects during the practical training week. If you choose to do this, focus on some ‘examiner favourites’:

  • Secondary port tidal calculations
  • Course to steer
  • Passage planning

What happens on a RYA Yachtmaster Theory exam?

If you are ready to proceed to the Shorebased exam stage once you’ve completed the course, an exam invigilation session will run over a 6.5 hour session on the Saturday following your course, successful completion of this exam will mean you achieve a Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Shorebased certificate.

If you’re not available on that date, we can arrange an exam session at a later date, as the Shorebased certificate is not a requirement to sit the practical exam. If you’re planning on following the MCA route including Officer of the Watch in the future, then you will need to achieve the Shorebased certificate.

Further Support

SOVREN Nautical Academy also recommend apps from Safe-Skipper.com and the online Day Skipper theory course provided by Skippers Online, to further prepare you for the Yachtmaster Theory course.


During the current Covid-19 pandemic we want to ensure that students are still able to study, this is why we are offering Virtual interactive courses. You’ll learn in real-time with our experienced instructors.

To take part in a virtual interactive course you need to download the Zoom app to your PC/Mac/Tablet (we recommend using these rather than a phone for quality), full instructions on this can be found in the course dates below.

The Virtual Interactive Theory course does not include the invigilated exam, this will be arranged after the course has finished, or we will co-ordinate with a local RTC to you if you’re not in Palma.

Please note that virtual courses will be recorded, both through video and audio, to verify your participation in the course; these recordings will not be given to third party companies with the exception of the accrediting body for the course if necessary. If you have any objections to this, please inform us immediately.


A commercial endorsement will be required if you intend to work onboard British flagged vessels which are subject to the MCA’s codes of practice for small commercial vessels.
A number of additional training courses and medical fitness certificates are required to be eligible for a commercial endorsement.
For full information to check which certificates may be commercially endorsed, details concerning additional courses to be completed and fitness certificates, Please use the following link to the RYA website where the information appears in full.

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Please contact the Nautical team if you have any questions.
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule. Minimum of four students required.

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, classroom course dates are dependant on local restrictions.

We do not have scheduled courses at this moment. Please check back later or contact us with your dates and itinerary.

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May 2020

I felt more engaged, almost privately tutored on the online virtual Ocean course – plus it was great to complete the course in the comfort of my own home. The instructor was the most phenomenal, engaging, patient and helpful individual! Nothing but praise for Simon.

October 2019

Great school, courses and facilities offered with instructors who are passionate about what they are teaching and students’ learning and career progression. The extra knowledge, time and guidance that they give students, particularly through the Navigation workshops is so valuable. It is no wonder why you’re the go to choice and have many returning students.

October 2019

From an instructor’s point of view, they offer unparalleled facilities but, more importantly, a very good support system which means we can offer great service to the students. When you couple that with their diligence and integrity you can be sure of being in safe hands.

October 2019

Thanks for everything during the two weeks I spent with you guys. It was a lot of information to take on and was a great feeling to complete the course on Sunday afternoon. I felt well prepared for the exam and found it to be a straight forward process. The examiner was great.

October 2019

Just finished a week of Theory with Simon Bradshaw and yet again, they have not failed to deliver on top quality tuition, support and smiles throughout the whole week! Fantastic school and I could not recommend them enough!