This is an advanced course in coastal navigation and builds on the knowledge gained in Day Skipper. It is more of the same with more complex navigation exercises and some additional subjects. The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore theory course
covers both Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore and is the required level of theory for RYA Coastal Skipper or the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Examinations. The course aims to to take you to an advanced level of knowledge for chart work,
tides, weather and collision regulations and is the peak theory qualification in coastal navigation. The course assumes you have navigation knowledge up to Day Skipper level.
If you are not sure if you have enough exisitng knowledge to do this course, or your skills could be a bit rusty, you can enroll in the Yachtmaster fastrack program which takes you through a short form unassessed version of Day Skipper as revision, and then takes you through the full Yachtmaster program. If you want the fastest path to Yachtmaster theory then fast track is the way to go. See the Yachmaster Fastrack page for details.
- RYA Coastal Skipper /
Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Certificate
This course is ideal for anyone looking to progress to achieving the yachtmaster qualificaiton or wants to be certain of the skills for extended passages. The focus of the course is to prepare you for navigating in waters, as well as entering or departing ports that are unfamiliar to you or your crew. This course is the perfect course for those looking to go to sea and discover new places.
The NAVatHOME Australia Yachtmaster theory course is one of the worlds most respected online RYA yachtmaster courses.
You should have knowledge up to Day Skipper Level. The Basic skills you should have include:
Charts are the key tool used in navigation. All key jurisdictions still require the use of paper charts as both as on offical reference, and a primary navigtion use. A GPS and chart plotters are legally considered an aid, and we have become overly dependent on them. Would you know how to navigate if your GPS failed.
The effects of tide will push you off course. An effective navigator can use the tools available to compensate for the tide in advance and allow you to steer a shorter, faster course. A GPS will only tell you to compensate after you have gone off course.
Tidal rates change during the process of each tidal movement and throughout the lunar cycle. A Yachtmaster needs to be able to accurately work out the effects of tide when navigating, anchoring, and thorugh close quarters pilotage.
Cumulatively you will be able to predict the impact of tidal movements throughout your journey, offset your course to account for the tidal stream, plan a course that safely accounts for the height of tide, and consideration for the height of tide for departure and arrival times.
As of 2002, SOLAS requirements changed internationally to require the skippers of all leisure vessels to make a passage plan of an intended voyage before leaving the dock. It is recognised as a fundamental aspect of the vessels safety.
Ultimately you will be able to put together a complete passage plan and pilotage plan with consideration for ports of refuge, weather and emergency response plans.
The course is provided using the world class NAVatHOME RYA accredited training program.
Through out your course, you will be supported by specialist RYA Navigation instructors, and access to all NAVatHOME supporting resources.
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