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RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor Brush-up & RYA Examination

5 days: £1,380.00

This is the next step for those who hold the Yachtmaster Coastal Motor Certificate of Competence and who are considering undertaking the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor Exam.

An important aspect of this course is taking command and making decisions on a well planned and executed offshore passage.

This is also your opportunity to discuss with the instructor any areas where you feel there are weaknesses as well as for the instructor to suggest areas which they deem in need of improvement.

Each student who wishes to undertake the exam will be examined for 8-12 hours by an independent RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (examination fee payable to the RYA) as they skipper the motor cruiser on short passages and complete various demonstrations of skippering techniques. As all of our instructors have been through these exams themselves they will be able to prepare you appropriately so that you are relaxed and confident on the day.

The minimum age for award of this certificate is 18.

Included in the course:

  • Accommodation & meals on board
  • Fuel & mooring fees
  • Safety equipment


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Pre-Examination Requirements


Suggested Previous Experience

Your cruising ability should be up to Coastal Skipper practical with a minimum logged experience of;

  • 50 days including at least 5 days as skipper,
  • 2500 miles at sea
  • 5 passages over 60nm
  • including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.

Your knowledge of offshore navigation, meteorology and collision regulations should be to the standard of RYA Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster shorebased theory course.

You will also need:

  • VHF Radio Operator's Licence
  • Valid First Aid Certificate


This course runs on our twin engine Haines 35 over a period of up to 5 days. The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore practical examination can be booked to be included in, or follow on, from the course. 


Course Content

You will be trained in the skills and techniques required to skipper a motor cruiser of at least 7m LOA safely on offshore passages by day and night.


All your meals will be provided while aboard our motor boat for the duration of the course.


The full syllabus is the in the RYA log book G18 available from our office or our eBay shop.


Exam fee payable direct to the RYA (by cheque or credit/debit card)

The exam will either take place:

  • Within the five day course
  • Over an additional two days on top of the brush up course, please call to discuss if this is the option you would like to take.


It is essential that you read the Pre-Exam Notes. Any queries can be discussed with our administration team on booking. Exam arrangements may vary for each student depending on skill capability assessed by the instructor.


Available to Hire

  • Wet Weather gear - Musto Waterproofs - £30.00 for the week.
  • 'Comfort Pack' - this comprises a freshly laundered sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and towel - £15.00 for the week.



RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence upon successful examination.


Commercial Endorsement 

To get your ticket commercially endorsed in order to work on board a commercial craft subject to the MCA's codes of practice, you will also need:

  • Current Sea Survival Certificate
  • Medical - ML5 or ENG1
  • Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) certificate
  • Payment to RYA for Commercial Endorsement on your certificate

For more information on Professional Practices & Responsibilities click here.


Next Step

Yachtmaster Ocean






Passage planning

  • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the motor cruiser, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy.
  • Knows customs procedures

Preparation for sea

  • Is aware of the safety equipment required for offshore passages
  • Can prepare a motor cruiser for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities, equipment and engine checks.


  • Can prepare a pilotage plan with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
  • Can pilot a motor cruiser by day and night

Passage making and ability as skipper

  • Can take charge of a motor cruiser and direct the crew
  • Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a motor cruiser on passage.
  • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
  • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
  • Can use electronic navigation equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.

Motor cruiser handling under power

  • Can control the motor cruiser effectively in a confined space under power
  • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can use the engines to control the motor cruiser in a confined space
  • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can motor efficiently on all points of sail

Adverse weather conditions

  • Preparation for heavy weather and motor cruiser handling in strong winds
  • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility

Emergency situations

  • Recovery of man overboard under power
  • Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues
East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com