Planning a voyage

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore

Shorebased Theory Course

On the Yachtmaster Theory course you'll learn how to plan longer passages. Imagine sailing overnight to a secluded anchorage and dropping the hook. It's going to be magically quiet there because Day Skippers won't know how to do the calculations! 

Believe it or not, Yachtmaster Theory is in many ways easier to grasp than Day Skipper. Having already covered the nuts and bolts of navigation it's just a matter of completing the picture now. To sail safely in UK waters there's a bit more you need to know. But don't delay - you don't want to forget all your Day Skipper basics! Here's what Doug had to say about that: 

"I wish I hadn't left it so long between my Day Skipper Theory course and my Yachtmaster Theory course. It would have been much better to have done this the following year."

Scroll down the page to book your place now. Course starts in November.

What's new on the Yachtmaster course?

Well there's a brand new RYA course pack in 2017 with much more emphasis on electronic navigation. There's also a new assessment paper. The meteorology paper has been replaced with a passage planning exercise that you prepare at home. Apart from these new additions the standard yachtmaster topics below are what you can expect to get stuck into.

  • More precise secondary port calculations 
  • Calculate if you'll stay afloat through the range of tide - important in our UK waters!
  • Plan longer & more challenging passages - again a 'must' if you sail in the North West
  • Greater knowledge of the collision regulations
  • 3 assessment papers to complete during the course; passage planning, chartwork & col. regs.

Yachtmaster Theory with Bay Sea School is a great opportunity to learn more about sailing & boating from the North West expert and award-winning instructor, John Parlane. Some things you just won't learn from books or an online course.

For those of you new to Bay Sea School, John's a Yachtmaster Instructor, Examiner & RYA Inspector. That's top level in the RYA sail training world! Read what others have to say about John's tuition on tripadvisor.

A new link road provides quick access directly from the M6. Morecambe is about an hour's drive from Manchester on a Saturday morning.

Private courses & 1:1 tuition can be arranged. Contact us for more details.

Why choose Bay Sea School?

  • Highly experienced, friendly & patient Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner 
  • Opportunity to complete Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper practical courses with John in Scotland
  • Special online facility unique to Bay Sea School for support at home
  • Continuity of learning from beginner to professional skipper over a full range of RYA courses
  • Meet new sailing friends - possible crewing opportunities
  • Private own-boat coaching and 1:1 tuition available
  • Enthusiasm, support & guidance with all your boating dreams

The course cost includes RYA course pack and certificate. We also provide fresh filter coffee, biscuits and a selection of teas at break times. Please bring your own lunch.

Start Finish Places

Saturday 04/11/2017  (6 Saturdays - Nov: 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec: 2, 9)

Saturday 09/12/2017 8

Provisional dates for additional course in 2018

Sundays: January 7th & 14th. February 25th. March 4th, 11th & 25th.

Possible alternative dates: February 3/4, 10/11, 17/18.

Please get in touch with your availability asap if you'd like to do this course in 2018. We'll do our best to coordinate dates to suit as many people as possible.



 What the RYA say about this course

"The Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster shorebased course is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates aiming to achieve the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects covered in the Day Skipper course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.

The assumed level of knowledge before starting this course is the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course.

Students are required to have a full knowledge of the 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' before completion of the shorebased course for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore. There is, however, insufficient time available in the course to teach the subject fully. The RYA book 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' (G2) is a useful book for the study of the regulations." See the link above to get your copy now!