Yachtmaster Courses Majorca
Yachtmaster Courses – updated 15 February 2023.
If you are looking to take your sailing skills to the highest level, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster courses in Majorca are an excellent option. These courses are designed to give sailors the skills and knowledge they need to become competent, confident skippers who can handle a yacht in all conditions.
This qualification is a highly prized certificate of competence proving the ability of the holder to handle either a motorboat or sailing boat in certain prescribed conditions.
RYA Yachtmaster courses
There are several RYA Yachtmaster courses available in Majorca, each designed for sailors at different stages of their sailing career.
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal – This is the first step towards becoming a Yachtmaster. This course is designed for sailors who have completed their Day Skipper certification and are looking to take their skills to the next level. The course covers advanced navigation and seamanship, including night sailing and coastal navigation. You will also learn about boat handling and crew management in more challenging conditions.
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore – This course is designed for sailors who have completed their Coastal Skipper certification and are ready to tackle more challenging offshore sailing. The course covers advanced navigation and seamanship, including passage planning, offshore navigation, and weather forecasting. You will also learn about crew management and watch-keeping in challenging offshore conditions.
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean – This is the most advanced RYA Yachtmaster course and is designed for sailors who want to become competent navigators capable of sailing across oceans. This course covers advanced celestial navigation and passage planning, as well as emergency procedures and equipment. You will also learn about ocean currents, weather patterns, and the impact of the environment on navigation.
The RYA Yachtmaster courses in Majorca are delivered by experienced and qualified instructors who will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a competent, confident skipper. The courses are designed to be challenging, but also fun and enjoyable, with plenty of time on the water to put theory into practice.
RYA Training is carried out in more than 20 countries and currently there are around 13,000 professionals working as yacht crew on commercial vessels around the world using RYA Certificates of Competence.
Deck Officer career
When commercially endorsed, Yachtmaster licences provide significant privileges and for many sailors, the Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean Certificate of Competence are the ultimate aim and a required step on the way to a Deck Officer career.
Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become a Yachtmaster. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and sea time, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge. If you have not previously undertaken any formal training, it is unlikely that you will pass the exam.
The pre-course experience includes two days as a skipper, 800 miles and 12 night hours. Students will also need valid VHF and (RYA) First Aid certificates.
Offshore exam preparation
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence is a highly regarded worldwide qualification proving the experience and competence of a skipper. Sufficient experience and sea time form the eligibility criteria for taking the Yachtmaster exam. The Yachtmaster offshore sail exam preparation week provides five days practical boat handling and revision of the theory with all aspects of the examination organised. This is an intensive course which will challenge you by sailing onto and off marina pontoons and mooring buoys, sail trim for simulated engine and steering failures, man overboard, blind navigation, mooring up in tight spots and anchoring under sail.
Holders of the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore sail Certificate of Competence may take a practical conversion exam to obtain the equivalent power certificate of competence. Candidates may also convert from power to sail. The same rules apply whether you are converting from sail to power, or from power to sail, but the practical exam for converting from power to sail may take slightly longer.
Working with an RYA Yachtmaster® Coastal certificate
A commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence will enable you to skipper vessels up to 24 metres in length, operating in category 3,4,5, and 6 waters – up to 20 miles from a safe haven.
Working with an RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore certificate
A commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence will enable you to work as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt in category 1 to 6 waters – that is up to 150 miles from a safe haven.
This Certificate of Competence can used commercially in its own right, or as a pre-requisite for the MCA's Officer of the Watch qualification, which enables you to work worldwide on vessels of up to 3000gt.
Working with an RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate
A commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence will enable you to work worldwide as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt.
This Certificate of Competence can be used commercially in its own right. It is also a pre-requisite for the MCA's Chief Mate, Master 500 and Master 3000 qualifications.
What is a 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.
A number of additional training courses and medical fitness certificates are required to be eligible for a commercial endorsement.
In conclusion, the RYA Yachtmaster courses in Majorca are an excellent option for sailors who want to take their sailing skills to the highest level. Whether you are looking to become a competent coastal skipper or an experienced ocean navigator, there is a course to suit your needs. So why not take the plunge and enroll in an RYA Yachtmaster course today? You won't regret it.