We offer an intensive training programme broken down into 2 Training Modules that target both levels of RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence  for Leisure Sailing.

Each Module has the potential to open a door to employment in the industry after Commercial Endorsement.

These levels of qualification are:

Module 1 – RYA//MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore 
Module 2 – RYA//MCA Yachtmaster Ocean

We have further improved the options for our students by introducing all of our Supplementary Courses to make the final qualification achieved more comprehensive, and beneficial, in terms of the knowledge gained.

The timing of our Yachtmaster Xpress Package is always around the beginning of a year in January. This is because:

  • We avoid Tropical Storm season. This is between June and November and we would not want any course disruption due to adverse weather.
  • The northeast Trade Winds blow consistently from December onwards presenting very favourable conditions for sail training.
  • The course includes 13 weeks of sailing around the Leeward & Windward Islands building the non tidal and tidal miles required for the Yachtmaster examination qualifying criteria.

This is probably one of the most comprehensive “Fast Track” Yachtmaster Packages available. Successful completion of both modules will leave you with no less than  twelve qualifications and the satisfaction that you are a complete Yachtmaster!

Module Costs

  • Module 1 – 16 Weeks – Competent Crew to RYA//MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore – US$15,795
  • Module 2 – 2 Weeks – Yachtmaster Ocean Package – US$1,940.

Discounts are available for multiple student bookings.

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Yachtmaster Xpress Course Programme

Module 1 – Week 1: Competent Crew / SRC (VHF) Radio Online Login.
Module 1 – Week 2: Day Skipper Theory
Module 1 – Week 3: Day Skipper Practical
Module 1 – Week 4: Coastal Skipper Theory
Module 1 – Weeks 5 – 8: Mile & Experience Building – Non Tidal
Module 1 – Week 9: Diesel Engine Maintenance / SRC (VHF) Radio Oral Assessment / Power Boat – Level 2 / Radar / First Aid 

Module 1 – Weeks 10 – 15 Mile & Experience Building – Tidal including Coastal Skipper Practical
Module 1 – Week 16 Yachtmaster Preparation with Exam
Module 2 – Week 1 Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
Module 2 – Week 2 Yachtmaster Ocean Passage Preparation


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Student/Instructor Ratio

  • Practical Courses 5/1 maximum. We aim for 4/1 but cannot guarantee.
  • Theory Courses 8/1.


  • Practical Courses – Normally 09:00 on Sunday through 09:00 on Friday. Final day may vary for Mile & Experience Building weeks.
  • Theory Courses – 09:00 on Sunday through 17:30 on Thursday.


  • Practical Courses & Mile & Experience Building – first day lunch through last day breakfast.
  • Theory Courses – light lunch.


  • For the duration of this course students are extended the benefit of on yacht overnight accommodation. However,  they must vacate the yacht and the school between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00 every day to allow yacht cleaning and maintenance to take place when they are not undergoing training.
  • On yacht accommodation may be private or shared subject to the number of students.
  • Assistance with sourcing local off site accommodation if required.
  • Free on site WiFi for online courses.

Course Materials

  • All course notes.
  • All Course Completion Certificates.

Examination Fees

  • Are not included as these must be paid direct to the examiner upon examination application.

Yacht Charter

  • For independent Yachtmaster Offshore examination.

Course Fees Include

  • All RYA Courses.
  • All Mile & Experience Building Weeks.
  • SRC (VHF).
  • PPR.
  • STCW including First Aid & Basic Sea Survival.

Throughout each complete package you will have passed by, or visited, almost all of the islands in the Caribbean Chain. There is a split emphasis between a fun sailing holiday and serious sail training. A fabulous introduction to the region and sailing!

Please visit our USA Online Store, or UK Online Store for the following recommended pre-course study materials, and a selection of clothing, sailing and travel accessories.

  • Competent Crew Course Notes
  • The Complete Day Skipper
  • International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea
  • RYA Weather Handbook
  • RYA Navigation Handbook
  • RYA Offshore Sailing
  • Yachtmaster Handbook

To assist with your planning we offer some suggestions for Accommodation and Travel

Yachtmaster Offshore Examination – minimum age 18.

Before the start of an exam, the examiner must verify the candidate’s claim to have the specified sea experience. We will ensure this is fulfilled. Please see here for full details.

All candidates must complete and sign the exam application form, which includes a statement of qualifying experience. Module 1 will ensure you meet these criteria.

The content of the exam is set by the syllabus in the RYA publication G158. Check these with the examiner.

There are 2 general principles which should be taken as an overall guide.

  • It is the examiner’s task to give the candidate the opportunity to show that he/she is a competent skipper.
  • At the end of the exam the candidate should feel, whatever the outcome, that he/she has had a full, fair, and searching test.

Please read this page from the RYA website carefully before considering applying for examination.

For those students serious about working commercially in the sailing industry please visit Crew Network for job opportunities. You will need your STCW 10 qualification, and a Commercial Endorsement to your Yachtmaster qualification.

How to apply for a standard commercial endorsement?

Send the following items to RYA Certification, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire SO31 4YA:

  • Your Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.
  • Your Professional Practices and Responsibilities certificate
  • A commercial endorsement application form
  • An ML5 or ENG1 medical fitness certificate – download the MCA’s ML5 form from the RYA website. They can only accept the latest version of the ML5 form (currently Rev 04/12). Skippers working in category 1 or 0 waters will need the ENG1 medical. Contact the MCA for a list of approved doctors.
  • A copy of your RYA Basic Sea Survival certificate or STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • The fee


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