RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
TThis course teaches you astro navigation, ocean passages, worlwide meteorology, and the practical skills required to use a Sextant for Ocean Navigation.
What you can do with a Yachtmaster Ocean qualification.
The Yachtmaster Ocean qualification is a bolt-on to your Yachtmaster Offshore certification which upgrades your commercial licence to Skipper vessel worldwide with no restrictions.
For the cruiser, it teaches you about ocean currents and global weather patterns which will give you the knowledge you need to undertake ocean crossings and worldwide cruising on your own boat.
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 Yachtmaster Ocean Theory shorebased pack you will receive:
- RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Notes
- Exercises and Course Information booklet
- Nautical Almanac Extracts
- Sight Reduction Tables
- 2B chartwork pencil
You will also receive:
- RYA Yachtmster Ocean 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
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
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.
Alternatively, you can get your theory paper invigilated at the same time as you take your Oral exam. This will save costs of paying an examiner twice!
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 2 hours and it's all completed in your own home*. The assessment will be 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 Yachtmaster Ocean Theory certificate in the post. To complete your qualification you will need to undertake an ocean crossing and subsequently book an oral exam with an RYA Ocean Examiner. We can help arrange this.
*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.