Interested in attending RYA Yachtmaster Theory course this winter? Find out what’s involved.
After a great summer of sailing with warm weather and perfect winds, the autumn weather is perhaps putting a few people off being on the water.
Did you gained your RYA Day Skipper practical or theory this season and are looking for a way to boost your knowledge?
The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is an advanced theory course for those who havewho successfully completed the RYA Day Skipper Theory or have completed their RYA Day Skipper practical course and essential for those wishing to attend the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster practical.
RYA Yachtmaster Theory classroom-based course
The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course can be completed in two ways, a traditional classroom-based course or as an online course.
The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is taught over 40 hours. Equinox Sailing teaches the course as a weekly 3 hour class for 8 weeks between 18.30-21.30, and then an intensive 2 day weekend from 09.30-17.30. The course includes all training materials and Equinox Sailing are pleased to be able to offer a series of online instruction videos which accompany the course, allowing students to refresh key areas of the course between sessions and before the final exams. Along with the classroom sessions there will be homework set each week so students should allow for an additional 2 hours of study per week.
During your RYA Yachtmaster Theory course your instructor will be available by phone of email should you have any questions.
For more details on what you will be learning please visit the RYA Yachtmaster Theory page of our website.
RYA Yachtmaster Theory Online
The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is also available as an online course. This allows a student to work through the course at their pace from their own computer. The RYA Yachtmaster Theory Online course is a comprehensive course, split into 12 sections, the course follows the RYA syllabus – the course fee includes all training materials. For a demonstration of the RYA Yachtmaster Theory Online course please follow the link.
During your RYA Yachtmaster Theory Online course the instructor will be available by phone of email should the student have any queries or require additional explanation.
For more details on what you will be learning please visit the RYA Yachtmaster Theory Online page of our website.
Once a student has completed the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course, we suggest they continue to get experience on the water, before attending the RYA Coastal Skipper or RYA Yachtmaster Practical.
Ways to get more sailing experience
Yacht or dinghy racing can be a great way to improve your skills and to put current skills into practice. We race regularly so if you’re interested visit our ‘Yacht Racing’ page for more details about getting started.
Join a sailing club
Find a local club and get involved, boats owners are always looking for enthusiastic crew and many clubs are looking for Skippers to become part of club events. Dinghy sailing is a great way to improve your sailing skills as there are no instruments onboard and a dinghy sailor is required to rely on their senses –this is excellent practice and a good skill to have on a larger boat.
It can be difficult to gain experience skippering outside your comfort zone. Mile builders offer the chance to skipper while having an experienced instructor onboard.
Thought about doing the Fastnet Race but prefer to cruise?
Have a look at our Fastnet Rally. We are planning a 2 week cruise following the Fastnet course, but intend to stop along the way. There will be plenty of opportunities to skipper 60+ mile passages.
Unsure which RYA Course is right for you? Contact us on 020 7002 7676 or [email protected] to discuss your previous experience or your next sailing goals.