internationally accepted certification

7-Day YACHTMASTER Prep & Exam

5-day prep followed by a 2-day practical Yachtmaster exam.

Date

9 – 16 May 2022

Cost

$2,450.00

This course is best suited to advanced boaters who meet the eligibility criteria for Yachtmaster as set out by the RYA. This certificate entitles the bearer to a Master 200gt MCA classification when commercially endorsed and is the gold standard for the yachting industry.

Candidates should have plenty of practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge to the level of Yachtmaster Theory.

The course takes place over 7 days of which 2 days at the end of the week involve a practical examination with a 3rd party examiner. Preparation before hand is essential if you want to pass.

What does the prep entail?

The 5 days of prep try and cover the most common aspects of the exam, whether practical or theoretical, so that there are no big surprises.  It is also an opportunity to have a bit of coaching on common RYA methodology (i.e. picking up a mooring ball).  The instructor will make-sure paperwork is correct and check your existing certification to ensure it meets RYA standards.

What happens in the exam?

The examiner is NOT a Topmast instructor or employee.  Their task is to assess your competence through a series of questions on theoretical topics (i.e. meteorology) and practical sailing exercises (i.e. M.O.B).  Examiners are generally fair and understand the candidate may be experiencing ‘nerves’.  The exam involves night sailing and each candidate will be expected to navigate.

What do I need to know before-hand?

Candidates should have taken the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course, especially if they want to commercialise their Yachtmaster.  Candidates are NOT required to take any RYA practical courses prior to the exam BUT must demonstrate they have the required experience and should take the prep week in order to familiarise themselves with the examiner’s expectations.  RYA criteria below.

What do I have to bring with me?

You will need a pen, pencil and eraser, notebook and navigational tools if you have a preference.  A water bottle, daily snacks and meals (the clubhouse restaurant is open) so you have enough energy.  Appropriate clothing for the time of year (foul-weather jacket essential) and a sleeping bag if you plan to stay on the boat for the prep-week.  A lifejacket if you have one though we do supply them for the week.

criteria for yachtmaster offshore

  • Documented minimum sea time completed on a seagoing sailing or motor yacht (as appropriate) in the last 10 years must be:

  • 50 days at sea on yachts up to 500gt
  • 5 days as skipper on vessels less than 24m LOA
  • 2500 nautical miles on yachts up to 500gt
  • 5 passages over 60 miles long, which must include 2 overnight passages and 2 as skipper
  • At least half the qualifying sea time should be gained in tidal waters and on vessels less than 24m LOA, and all seatime must be on vessels of the same discipline as the exam to be taken, i.e. sail or power
  • A GMDSS compliant Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate such as the  ROC (M) in Canada
  • An RYA First Aid Certificate or another valid first aid certificate
  • For a full breakdown go the RYA website by following this link.

Criteria for Yachtmaster Coastal

  • Documented minimum sea time completed on a seagoing sailing or motor yacht (as appropriate) in the last 10 years must be:
  • 30 days at sea on a vessel less than 24m LOA, which may be reduced to 12 days at sea on vessels less than 24m LOA or substituted with 30 days at sea on yachts under 500gt if an RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course completion certificate is held
  • 2 days as skipper on a vessel less than 24m LOA
  • 800 miles, which may be reduced to 400 miles on vessels less than 24m LOA or substituted with 800 miles at sea on yachts under 500gt if an RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course completion certificate is held
  • 12 night hours
  • A GMDSS compliant Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate such as the  ROC (M) in Canada
  • An RYA First Aid Certificate or another valid first aid certificate
  • For a full breakdown go the RYA website by following this link.

Course Details:

YMP 1: RYA Yachtmaster Prep & Exam

Cost

$2,450.00

Logistics:

There is parking at the club and in the surrounding area. Accomodation is available in the area there are plenty of B&B’s and hotels in the area. You may bring a packed lunch or feel free to dine at the KYC clubhouse and enjoy the views.

Fintan Hartnett

Instructor

Fintan Hartnett
Email
fin@topmast.ca
Kingston Yacht Club

Home Port

Kingston Yacht Club
1 Maitland St, Kingston, ON
Website
https://kingstonyachtclub.ca/welcome

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Registration Details

50% deposit to hold a place on course.  Preferred payment method (Canada): Interac Email Payment. Please use email address: payment@topmast.ca.  For payments originating outside Canada please contact us for credit card payments (2.50% surcharge to cover all credit card fees, domestic or International).  Thank you in advance.   Cancellation policy: greater than 6 weeks – full refund (less $150 admin fee). 4-6 weeks 50% refund. Under 4 weeks – No Refund. Topmast reserves the right to cancel any course. Our liability is limited to the course fee. You are advised to arrange cancellation insurance. Make payment PRIOR to the commencement of your course.  If you have any complaints then please forward them to info@tomast.ca within 72 hours of course completion.

 

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