RYA Yachtmaster Ocean

Theory Course

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
Theory Course

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  • Fully Animated & Interactive Lessons
  • Multi Device Support
  • Study At Your Own Pace
  • No Classroom Pressure
  • MCA & RYA recognised
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  • 6 Months Initial Access - Options to Extend
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The Ultimate In Navigation

This comprehensive program covers vital topics such as celestial navigation, ocean passage planning, weather forecasting and meteorology. By mastering these essential skills, you'll gain the theoretical knowledge ready to navigate vast and unpredictable waters with confidence. Join our course and embark on a journey towards becoming a competent and capable Yachtmaster Ocean.

Is this course right for you?

This course is suitable for those who hold theory knowledge to the level of Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore. The coursework will take approximately 40 hours and includes the final assessment. No sextant is required for the course as fully interactive animated lessons are included.

Upon successful completion, this course awards the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased theory certificate.

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Course SYLLABUS

The earth and the celestial sphere:

  • Definition of observer’s zenith and position of a heavenly body in terms of latitude,
  • longitude, GHA and declination.
  • Right angle relationships, latitude and co-lat, declination and polar distance.
  • Relationship between GHA, longitude and LHA.
  • Tabulation of declination in nautical almanac.
  • Rate of increase of hour angle with time.

The PZX triangle:

  • The tabulated components of the triangle, LHA, co-lat and polar distance.
  • The calculable components, zenith distance and azimuth.
  • Relationship between zenith distance and altitude.
  • Introduction to the tabular method of solution in the Air Navigation Tables and the basic
  • sight form.
  • The use of calculators for the solution of the PZX triangle.

The sextant:

  • Practical guide to the use and care of a sextant at sea.
  • Conversion of sextant altitude to true altitude.
  • Application of dip, index error and refraction.
  • Correction of side error, perpendicularity, index error and collimation error.

Measurement of time:

  • Forecasting time of meridian altitude.
  • Reduction of meridian altitude sights.

Sun, star and other sights :

  • Reduction and plotting of sun sights using.
  • Air Navigation Tables.
  • Awareness of the use of calculators for sight reduction.
  • The plotting of sun-run-sun meridian altitude.
  • Awareness of the reduction and plotting of sights obtained from stars, moon and planets.

Compass checking:

  • Use of amplitude and azimuth tables systems and/or calculator.

Satellite Navigation Systems:

  • Principles and limitations of use of all systems.

Great circle sailing:

  • Comparison of rhumb lines and great circles.
  • Vertices and composite tracks.
  • The computation of a series of rhumb lines approximating to a great circle by use of
  • gnomonic and Mercator projections.

Meteorology:

  • General pressure distribution and prevailing winds over the oceans of the world.
  • Tropical revolving storms, seasonal occurrence and forecasting by observation.

Passage planning:

  • Publications available to assist with planning of long passages (routing charts, ocean
  • passages of the world and other publications).
  • Preparation for ocean passage including survival equipment, victualling, water and fuel management, chafe protection, spares and maintenance.

Passage planning:

  • Publications available to assist with planning of long passages (routing charts, ocean passages of the world and other publications).
  • Preparation for ocean passage including survival equipment, victualling, water and fuel management, chafe protection, spares and maintenance.

Passage making:

  • Navigational routine and Keeping watch.
  • Crew management.

Communications:

  • Satellite and terrestrial systems.
  • Weather information.
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