Training under the RYA program in Montenegro for both beginners and experienced sailors.

Yachtmaster Offshore

An RYA Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers.  It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper. 

Unlike other courses in the cruising program, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster™. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and sea time, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.


Pre Course Requirements

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal exam requires that you have a GMDSS SRC VHF Certificate & a valid First aid at sea certificate

You must have completed; 

  • 50 days at sea (5 of which, being the Skipper)

  • 2500 nautical miles (half being in tidal waters)

  • 5 Passages over 60 miles (2 of which acting as Skipper)

  • 2 overnight passages over 60 miles

  • All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam

Most Yachtmaster candidates choose to book themselves into an RYA training centre for some tailor-made tuition to prepare them for the exam. This is not compulsory but if you have not previously undertaken any formal training it is unlikely that you will pass the exam.

*All sailing courses require a certain amount of physical activity.  If you are unsure as to your ability to take part in a course please contact us to discuss.

What to Bring

Sailors are exposed to the elements and must always be prepared for 4 seasons. Due to limited storage on board, we always recommend you bring lightweight clothing to suit all possible weather scenarios. Key things to bring include;

  • Sun Protection 

  • Sun Glasses 

  • Boat Friendly Shoes

  • Passport 

  • Shorts & T-shirts 

  • Light Trousers 

  • Bathing Equipment 

  • Lightweight Jumper or Jacket 

  • Personal Care Equipment (Shampoo, Deodorant, prescription Medicines)

  • Anti Sea Sickness Tablets - especially if not an experienced sailor.


Exam Topics

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam is a 12-18 hour assessment of your sailing abilities.

The examiner will assess you on the following;

  • Skippering Skills

  • Boat Handling

  • General Seamanship

  • Navigation

  • Safety Awareness & knowledge of IRPCS

  • Meteorology

  • Signals


What's Included

  • Welcome drinks on arrival

  • Breakfast & Lunch every day of the course.

  • 6 Nights accommodation on board the training yacht

  • Use of life jackets

  • Marina fees

  • Fuel for the duration of the prep week

  • Exclusive School T-shirt

  • Clean Bed Linen and towels

What's not included

  • Yachtmaster Exam Fee (Approx. 240 Euros)