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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

This course provides the foundation knowledge for how to navigate a boat safely to ports and sailing grounds you have never been to before. It helps you plan sea journeys that might sail overnight or enter a new port in the dark. Your sailing world has just got bigger" Debbie RYA Principal, Classic Sailing

Is this the Right level Course for Me ?

The syllabus is the same on this course, whether you are aiming for Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore.

The title of the certificate you can gain depends on how well you do in the exam at the end of the theory course. If you have sufficient understanding to reach the pass mark for the higher level course you will gain yourself the Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Certificate.....even if you were only aiming at Coastal !

The assumed knowledge before starting this course is a level equivalent to Day Skipper Theory.

Passing Day Skipper theory first is not compulsory. 

An experienced sailor with a good understanding of navigational theory and COLREGS (Rules of the Road) already can go straight to Yachtmaster Theory without doing Day Skipper Theory first. There is quite a lot of re capping on the basics like using charts, converting magnetic bearings to true, plotting positions on a chart and courses to steer. 

Those who have not already learned navigational skills up to a Day Skipper level before tackling this course, may struggle to complete the course in the timescale suggested, but if you are determined to keep plugging away and filling those knowledge holes then RYA Yachtmaster Theory is a good 'everything you need to know' course to aim for.

      RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory Course Syllabus

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RYA Yacht Master Coastal and Offshore Theory Online Course

RYA Yacht Master Coastal / Offshore Theory Online Course is a brilliant online course for anyone interested in developing there navigation skills to a high level. This course will give you comprehensive knowledge needed when you’re afloat, for navigation, safety and passage planning.

RYA Interactive courses can be taken anytime, anywhere and at your own speed (initial period is 6 months to complete but you can pay to extend it). All you need is a computer and the internet.

Top reasons to take the online course

  • Flexibility - anytime, anywhere, at your own speed
  • Simplicity - easy to use, interactive and full of great graphics
  • Supporting your knowledge - an ideal accompaniment to your practical course
  • Complements other courses - a great starting point before doing the RYA Yacthmaster Ocean Theory Course
  • Real skills - use real skills alongside online technology
  • Best advice - written by top RYA instructors, created by award winning designers
  • Learn it, try it, test it - practice what you’ve learnt before taking the test
  • Distance learning experts Navathome are you instructors and providing this theory course (Navathome Terms & Conditions)


Why you should choose this course

The course includes immediate access to the online course, the RYA pack posted first class from the UK within 1 working day. The assessment and an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor help to provide you with feedback and assistance during your course. 

The Coastal/Yachtmaster theory course is the level required for RYA Coastal Yachtmaster, RYA Yachtmaster offshore practical certificates and is a pre course requirement for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course.

The course is made up of detailed lessons, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lessen is followed by a set of questions which you can answer online. Once an answer is submitted the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some answers will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback and help where required.

One of the major advantages of using the this course is being able to know instantly how you are doing.

Once you have completed the course you will be much better equipped for safe navigation in coastal waters and offshore.

Course topics include:

  • 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
Privacy Information for your Online Course

The following two drop downs explain the process for Classic Sailing to log you onto the course of your choice. 

RYA Day Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Courses Important Privacy Information

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with Navathome via This training website and database is held and maintained on a secure server. Navathome is an RYA training centre which specialises in online navigation training and will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your payment information will be collected by “name of agent” on behalf of Navathome.  This information is collected by “name of agent” and is not passed on to any other organisation. Payment information for the purpose of logging you into the Navathome admin will not be retained once the payment is made. Your name and email address will be entered on in order to create your user account. Your postal address will be provided in order to send your student pack. You will have access to the site for six months in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Navathome and may be available to “name of agent” who may have access to the Navathome database. This period maybe extended should you wish to extend your course access.

On completion of your course, your name and email will be retained by Navathome for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows Navathome to record your certification. Your Instructor will not hold any information for the purposes of Navathome student support after this date.  Please note that this agent may hold information to enable provision of other training not associated with the Navathome course.

Should you not complete the course in the given time frame, your name and email will be retained by Navathome for the purpose of recording details of the course. This information allows Navathome to retain a record of coursework you have completed.

If you would like your personal data removed from prior to the end of your access period or at any time before you have completed your course, you can request it by email.  Please contact  giving your name and email address and the course you would like to delete. Please note that if you request deletion of your account before you have completed your course, your access to the course and records of your progress will be lost.

If you would like details of your online course removing from the Navathome database when you have completed the course, please email your request to giving your name and email address. Please note that removal of course details from the Navathome database, means that any certification gained as a result of this course will not be verifiable by Navathome, nor would Navathome be able to help with a replacement certificate.

Full details of how Navathome will deal with your personal information is given in the Navathome terms and conditions.

Essential Navigation and PPR Courses with the RYA, Important Privacy Information

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course. 

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of Classic Sailing LTS from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required.

After one year from the date of your enrolment on a course, your user account will be removed from

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access

For the duration of your access to the site, your data will be held in accordance with the RYA Interactive Data Policy, Terms and Conditions.

If you receive a digital certificate downloaded from the RYA Interactive site on completion of your course, your name, address, date of birth and certificate details will be transferred to the RYA database and held in accordance with the RYA’s Privacy Policy.

More information

You can book your course on line below and be working straight away on the sections where the RYA pack is not needed. Your RYA pack, containing your charts, RYA almanac, RYA course notes, and course plotter, will be posted first class post within 1 working day, see below for postal details outside the UK.

  1. Use the Paypal link below to pay for the course. 

  2. We will then create an RYA account for you, enroll you onto the course and send you your Username and Password

  3. You can start learning!

   4. This course is provided by distance learning experts Navathome (Terms & Conditions)

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Select RYA Yacht Master Coastal / Offshore Course below (They are the same course.) 

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An instructor will be on hand every step of the way, so if you need additional help or have any questions, you will not be alone. 

If you want to read around the subject, or go into more depth, there is a wide range of reading material, exercises, and learning aids to help meet your learning requirements. 

The Yachtmaster Theory Exam for Professional Sailors 

Distance learning students who intend to enter the MCA Large Yacht Qualifications such as Officer of the Watch or Master of 3000 ton tall ships or super yachts will require a formally invigilated exam. This exam can be conducted by a RYA Instructor through a RYA recognised training centre.


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If you want to hone your coastal navigation and passage making after the course you can do a Coastal Skipper Practical Course. Classic Sailing currently does not offer this course, but we do have many sail training vessels that can offer 60 mile passages with interesting pilotage either end.

There is no official Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course to test out your advanced theory skills with a certificate at the end.

You can do a Yachtmaster Exam Preparation course on Classic Sailing vessels like Moosk. Moosk is an Edwardian classic yacht. She is yawl rigged with a long keel. 

If you cant find one with dates that fit then please ring us on 01872 580022


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