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Fast Track to yachtmaster course

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Course Overview

The Fast Track to Yachtmaster course is designed to suit those who have a lot of experience at sea but have no formal qualifications. Alternatively, perhaps you have some qualifications but your skills are a little rusty and underused. The Fast Track will provide a little more background on each topic before moving onto the advanced skills of the Yachtmaster syllabus.

What you can do with a Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore qualification.

The Yachtmaster theory course is the pre-requisite course for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical assessments. With a Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore certificate you can charter a yacht, reduce your insurance premium or even work at sea up to 150 miles from the shore. It is ideal for those with skippering experience who are wishing to 'expand their horizons' and voyage further afield.

What you get in this course

On booking your course with us you will receive immediate log in details for 12 months access to the course website and app. We also post a 'student pack' to you within 24 hours via express delivery.

In your RYA Fast Track to Yachtmaster Offshore Theory pack you will receive:

  • 2x Admiralty Training Charts
  • 'RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased' Notes revision book
  • RYA Exercises and Course info booklet
  • RYA Training Almanac
  • 2b mechanical pencil
  • 'Handy hints' bookmark
  • High quality Portland Plotter and Dividers.

You will also receive:

  • RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory certificate on completion of the course and assessment.

Live support: Instructors will be available to answer your questions via our chat window, phone calls or video calls between 0800 and 2000 (UK time) 364 days a year.

Exam costs are included* and we don't charge extra for retakes.

*Students who intend to enter the MCA Large Yacht qualifications, such as Officer of the Watch or Master 3000, will require a formally invigilated exam. This exam will be conducted by an RYA instructor or examiner through an appropriately qualified RYA-recognised training center. The training centre will usually charge you a invigilation - fee which is outside of the course costs. Contact us if you would like help sourcing an invigilator or if you would like to know more about invigilated exams.

How is the course delivered?

You'll be led through the course module by module. We aim to cover all material in text AND video so that you can choose which works best for you.

Each module will be broken up into lessons and knowledge checks. We have designed the lessons to be as engaging as possible and the knowledge checks are implemented to consolidate your knowledge and keep you on track.

At the end of each module there will be a 'module assessment.' These will be made up of the official RYA exercise questions and will give you some familiarity of what the final exam will look like. Your answers to the module assessments are checked by our qualified instructors, your results are saved and you'll be given personal feedback on your progress. Have a question? Ask away, we have instructors on hand 7 days a week to answer your queries!

Still not sure? Why not check out our free trial.

What about the final assessment?

Once all coursework has been completed and when you have the instructors go ahead, you are ready for the end of course assessment. The assessment is broken in to two 1.5hr parts, that are designed to be taken consecutively. It's all completed in your own home, in a format that you will be familiar with from the coursework and you'll be given live feedback from your examiner.

Whilst this is not an attendance course and we cannot guarantee everyone who signs up will get a certificate, we do endeavour to coach every student to a passing standard and inspire them along the way. If you don't pass first time, don't worry! We'll help you revise until you are ready to try again. There are no extra fees or charges, we are here to help!

Once you have passed, you will receive your RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory certificate in the post and will need to book up the practical part of the course with a practical centre of your choosing.

*Students who intend to enter the MCA Large Yacht qualifications, such as Officer of the Watch or Master 3000, will require a formally invigilated exam. This exam will be conducted by an RYA instructor or examiner through an appropriately qualified RYA-recognised training center. The training centre will usually charge you a invigilation - fee which is outside of the course costs. Contact us if you would like help sourcing an invigilator or if you would like to know more about invigilated exams.

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Why choose Ardent Training for your Fast Track to Yachtmaster Qualification?

Diagrams

We backup all text with diagrams and videos so you can always choose a format that suits you.

Videos

Every lesson is supported by videos taken on our own boat providing real life scenarios.

Web + App

You can access your course using any web browser on any device, and also, coming soon, on our purpose built app.

Social Learning

You will not be learning alone with Ardent Training. Not only do we encourage contact with your instructors but we also encourage engagement within our student communities.

Available Offline (coming soon)

If you use our app you can download all the course content for offline viewing. Learn on the bus, at sea, wherever suits you

Instructor Support

We have world class instructors online 0800-2000UT, 364 days a year. We are here to help!

Our Instructors

The Ardent Training team of instructors are passionate about sailing. Find out more about them.

Alan Denham

Content Creator and Instructor

Specialist Topics

  • Traditional Navigational Techniques
  • Celestial Navigation
  • Marine conservation
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What People Say

“ A very good way to study at your own speed. And probably you'll store the course contents more in long-term memory than any classroom based course can.”

Nethor Doct -Developer Jennifer Sun -Student

“ Taking the course RYA Day Skipper was a great pleasure. Very informative on a broad scope of various topics like safety, navigation and passage planning and meteorology.”

Nethor Doct -Developer Niall Cohen -Student

“ I found the course very informative, and the response time and support to the exams very helpful.”

Nethor Doct -Developer Elaine Thomas -Student

“The lessons were put together very well and easy to understand. ”

Nethor Doct -Developer Josh Smith -Student

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