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Course Aim

This course follows on from the Day Skipper course and builds on many of the subjects covered on that course but in much more depth, whilst also introducing many other new and equally important subjects. This course is aimed at those wishing to go onto complete the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster practical courses and exams as well as the recreational boaters wishing to widen their knowledge base. By the end of the course you should be equipped with the knowledge to navigate a  sailing yacht or powered craft in unfamiliar coastal and offshore waters during the day and night.


A knowledge/skill base to the level of RYA Day Skipper Shorebased.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Online Course ©

What's Involved?

This is an eLearning course, but an RYA instructor is on hand to provide as much support as you require, this is done predominately by email, but Skype/Zoom chats can be organised at pre-arranged times.


Course Content

  • 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

Course Duration

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What's included?

Approximately 5 days

How long do I get access for?

The course fee is for a 6 month access period to the course, should you need to extend this period for a further period an admin fee will apply. 

What happens if I need a time extension?

Read about how to do this here - 

  • Online e-Learning course
  • Training charts
  • Course handbook & exercises 
  • RYA Training Almanac
  • Assessment papers
  • Support from a RYA instructor

Do I need to get my exam invigilated?

Read about how to do this here - 

Delivered by

Sailing Courses Online, an RYA Training Centre specialising in online courses.

What Now?

Pay online, we create and send you all the login details and post your course pack.

When you are booking please note

For information… When you make a booking using this system please be aware that we need to set you up on the online system to get started on the course. This is a manual process and at the latest we will do this the next working day.


Emails…Once you have finished the process you will receive a variety of emails. If you do not get any then please check your spam folder and if there is nothing there then please let us know.


Your logon details and course pack…We will send you your logon details and also send out the course pack to you. If you are buying the version for overseas customers then obviously this pack may take a little while to get to you. You don’t need to wait for the pack though and can get cracking with the online course before the pack arrives.

Book here

When you press the 'Book now' you are offered a date. Just accept the date offered and proceed.

Contact us:


Tel: +44 (0) 1202 406066

Our Location:

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