Yachtmaster Motor Training Package

An intensive 2 week Yachtmaster motor training package which aims to prepare you for the rigorous RYA/MCA practical exam.




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What is the Yachtmaster Motor Training Package?

Am I ready to be a Yachtmaster? 

It is important to understand that within the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme there is NO Yachtmaster Course. This is because we cannot train you to be a Yachtmaster, you achieve that level through years of experience combined with your skills and theory knowledge.

What we do during our Yachtmaster Preparation Training is assess your strengths and weaknesses and concentrate on improving the latter. We also advise on the form of the examination in terms of what you can expect from the independent examiner.

To be eligible for the Yachtmaster exam you must meet the prerequisite mileage/experience given below. The RYA set these requisites as a guideline for the minimum experience you will need to be able to pass the exam.

Whether you go for Sail or Motor depends on the experience you have as the miles and experience you present to the examiner must be on the same type of vessel as the discipline you’re going for (e.g. you can’t present miles on a sailing yacht if you’re hoping to achieve Yachtmaster Motor). 


Pre-requisites for the Yachtmaster Coastal exam are: 

·       30 days at sea, 800 miles on vessels less than 24m LOA

·       2 days as skipper on vessels less than 24m LOA

·       12 night hours

·       At least half the qualifying sea time must be gained in tidal waters

·       All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam.

·       All seatime must be on vessels of the same discipline as the exam to be taken, i.e. sail or power.

·       A Yachtmaster Coastal skipper is able to skipper yachts up to 24 metres on coastal passages (up to 24 miles from a safe haven) by day and night.



Pre-requisites for the Yachtmaster offshore exam are: 

·       50 days at sea, 2500 miles on yachts up to 500gt2

·       5 days as skipper on vessels less than 24m LOA

·       5 passages over 60 miles long which must include 2 overnight passages and 2 as skipper

·       At least half the qualifying sea time must be gained in tidal waters and on vessels less than 24m LOA.

·       All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam.

·       All seatime must be on vessels of the same discipline as the exam to be taken, i.e. sail or power.

·       A Yachtmaster Offshore is qualified to skipper yachts up to 24 metres, up to 150 miles from a safe haven



Our two-week packages start with a week of theory in our training centre. The theory course starts at 0845 hrs on a Monday and runs for 6 consecutive days.

In the second week, you’ll board one of our training yachts for five full days of practical training, Monday to Friday. (Sometimes Sunday – Thursday)

The practical exam will commence either on Friday or Saturday (depending on the examiner’s flights/weather condtions, and can run through until Monday).

(Please do not plan any ongoing travel arrangements until you’ve spoken with us; we can advise the time for the exam finish)


The course fee includes:

  • YM theory.  6-day course – (Includes course notes & materials)
  • YM practical prep, 5-day course.
  • Free use of the boat during the exam
  • Fuel for the duration of the course exam included.
  • All examiners’ expenses are included.


Other Expenses:

The fee for the exam is not included. This is paid directly to the RYA and costs £231 for offshore and £200 for coastal. Accommodation is also not included, however, we are very centrally located on Palma´s Paseo Maritimo so there are lots of options nearby.

You will also need:

  • First Aid Certificate (in date)
  • VHF/SRC Certificate

If you don´t have these, they can be incorporated into your package, please ask us.


Commercial Endorsement

A commercial endorsement is required for work on board British flagged vessels subject to the MCA’s codes of practice for small commercial vessels.

Additional training courses and a medical fitness certificate are required to be eligible for a commercial endorsement.

  • Either an ENG1 or ML5 Medical
  • STCW or RYA Sea survival certificate
  • Complete the RYA’s online PPR Course


Once you have completed these three steps then you can apply for Commercial Endorsement through the RYA. It can take a few weeks for your certificate to arrive in the post, so plan ahead.

Please DO NOT book if you do not have the relevant experience for the exam. If you are found to not have the relevant experience and boat handling ability you will not be allowed to do the exam.

Additional information

Course dates

25 September – 06 October 2023, 09 – 20 October 2023, 23 October – 03 November 2023, 06 – 17 November 2023, 20 November – 01 December 2023, 04 – 15 December 2023, 08 – 19 January 2024, 22 January – 02 February 2024, 05 – 16 February 2024, 19 February – 01 March 2024


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