Yachtmaster Offshore Motor – Practical Preparation Week

An RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence can used commercially in its own right. It is also a pre-requisite for the MCA’s Officer of the Watch qualification, which enables you to work worldwide on vessels of up to 3000gt

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What is the Yachtmaster Offshore Motor Practical Preparation Course?

Am I ready to be a Yachtmaster? 

It is important to understand that within the RYA Sail and Motor Cruising scheme, there is NO Yachtmaster course. Like most schools we offer “Yachtmaster Exam Preparation Training”

To attend RYA Yachtmaster Preparation training we will expect that you already have ALL the prerequisites to be eligible for the exam (see below). You should already be an experienced skipper who can competently handle a boat under sail/power in close-quarter situations and at sea. You should have a depth of knowledge equivalent to the RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course and have applied this in a variety of situations during day and night passages.

Our two-week theoretical and practical training courses aim to perfect your abilities, improving and fine tuning the skills and knowledge you already have. We will assess your strengths and weaknesses and concentrate on improving the latter, to help prepare you for the exam by your independent RYA Yachtmaster examiner. If you choose to do the practical preparation week only with us, it is strongly advised that you would have already completed the RYA Yachtmaster shorebased course to ensure your theoretical knowledge is at the required standard.

To be eligible for the Yachtmaster exam you must meet the prerequisite mileage/experience given below. You are not asked to prove your miles, but you will be asked to fill out a sea miles log that will be handed to the examiner before the exam. Without the minimum experience you will not be permitted to do 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 cannot present miles on a sailing yacht if you’re hoping to achieve Yachtmaster Motor).

Pre-course experience / requirements

  • 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.
  • Navigation to the standard of the Yachtmaster Coastal/Yachtmaster shorebased course
  • VHF Certificate and a Valid First Aid certificate (to be eligible to take the exam)
  • For Commercial endorsement you will also require a Sea Survival certificate and a ENG1 Medical


The fee includes:

  • Five-day YM practical prep course
  • Use of the boat during the exam
  • Fuel for the course and exam


Other Expenses:

  • Exam Fee: £241 paid directly to the RYA.
  • Accommodation: Not provided, but we are very centrally located in Palma so there are lots of options nearby.
  • Examiner expenses: Typically around 75€-150€ per student


**Do not book this course if you do not have the required miles and experience. You will not be permitted to do exam if you do not have the required experience**

Additional information

Course Dates

02 – 06 September 2024


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