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Course provided by Pacific Sailing School
Located at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Student Instructor ratio: 1 to 5
Course Duration: 40 hours
Course certificate and materials included

RYA Theory Syllabus

RYA/MCA Yacht Master Ocean Theory

Course Duration

  • 40 hours plus assessments

Recommended Previous Experience:

  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence for those intending to ultimately gain the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, otherwise a knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory level.

Assumed knowledge:

  • Navigation to Yachtmaster Coastal/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased standard

Ability after course:

  • Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on ocean passages, understanding how to plan and navigate an ocean passage

Course Overview:

  • Celestial navigation, ocean meteorology, ocean passage planning and yacht management

Please note: Our virtual RYA Yachtmaster courses and exams are conducted via Zoom  –  the certificate will be issued un-invigilated.

Commercial Application.

For applicants requiring a commercail pathway to move up the RYA/MCA qualification commercial ladder,  the course requires the exam to be Invigilated  (face to face examination) an additional fee of $200 for the 4 hour session.

This course is recognized by the MCA – Maritime Coast Guard Agency (further Information MSN1858, section 3.4)

Note. A recent client had his MCA OOW Yacht CofC and wanted to upgrade to a chief mate. This course meets the requirements.

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course is the first stage in obtaining the prestigious RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence. This course is equally suited to those that aspire to blue water cruising or who just want to learn traditional navigation. The course will equip you with the necessary theoretical skills to carry out an ocean passage as mate or skipper. The course will cover all aspects of ocean navigation with particular emphasis on the use of astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology. The sessions on astro-navigation will unlock the mysteries of the sextant and allow you to confidently take sights at sea to obtain your position and carry out compass checks.

Ocean sailing is, however about more than just using a sextant. Another important aspect of ocean sailing is worldwide meteorology, passage planning and communications at sea. Publications that assist the ocean navigator such as routeing charts and other pilot books will be discussed. The course also recognises that there has been a vast improvement in technology available to help with ocean routeing and weather prediction. Time will be spent discussing the various computer programmes, internet sites and satellite/radio broadcasts available to the modern ocean navigator. Crew management, watch keeping, victualling, water and fuel management and emergency equipment are also covered.

Having successfully passed this shorebased course you will be ready to for an ocean voyage. Upon returning candidates who already hold the RYA/MCA Yacht Master Offshore Certificate of Competence can apply to be examined for the full RYA/MCA Yacht Master Ocean Certificate of Competence.


  • Virtual - $1995