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RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Courses

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Courses

Summary of Course


Unravel the mysteries of astro navigation. How to use a sextant for open ocean passage-making. Learn worldwide meteorology and how to incorporate electronic navigation aids.


This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of theYachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage

Join this unique residential course and get away for a week to stare at the stars in the stunning location of The Lake District. We have chosen a location with as little light polution as possible for this intensive exposure to the sextant.

Topics covered include:

  • The earth and the celestial sphere
  • Practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea
  • Meridian altitudes
  • Sun, star and other sights
  • Ocean passage planning

Prior to the course your navigation skills should be at the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course.

If you are working towards your Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, completion of this shorebased course exempts you from the written exam.

The course is taught over 40 hours with one exam paper. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

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