Planning a voyage

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore

Shorebased Theory Course

On the Yachtmaster Theory course you'll revise your day skipper theory and learn more about how to plan longer passages at sea. Imagine sailing off into the sunset for a night passage to your choice of secluded anchorage. It's going to be magically quiet there because day skippers won't know how to do all the calculations! 

Believe it or not, Yachtmaster Theory is in many ways easier to get to grips with than Day Skipper. Having already covered the basic nuts and bolts of navigation it's just a matter of filling in the gaps & completing the picture now. 

To cruise safely in UK waters there's a bit more you need to know, beyond the day skipper theory level. Don't delay! You don't want to forget all your Day Skipper basics. It really is a case of use it or lose it. 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. Our next course starts in January 2018.

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 cover on the course.

  • More precise secondary port calculations
  • Plan longer & more challenging passages - a definite requirement 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 weekend 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 for theory students to complete their practical cruising courses with John in Scotland
  • Special online facility unique to Bay Sea School for additional support at home
  • Continuity of learning from beginner to professional skipper over a full range of RYA courses
  • Meet new sailing friends for possible crewing opportunities
  • Private own-boat coaching and 1:1 tuition available
  • Enthusiasm, support & guidance with all your boating dreams

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

Start Finish Places

Course 1 (2017)
Saturday 04/11/2017  (6 Saturdays - Nov: 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec: 2, 9)

Saturday 09/12/2017 0

Course 2 (2018)

Sundays: January 7th, 28th. February 25th. March 4th, 11th & 25th 


 Sunday 25/3/2018 11 


 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!