RYA Yachtmaster Ocean course

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Course

This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage

For many, including those who do not intend making ocean passages, one of the main attractions is the opportunity to learn celestial navigation – fixing one’s position out of sight of land using sextant, chronometer and almanac, rather than relying on electronic aids.

Demystifying navigation by sun, moon, planets and stars provides considerable satisfaction and new avenues of interest.

Course topics include:

  • The earth and the celestial sphere
  • Practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea
  • Meridian altitudes
  • Sun, star and other sights
  • Ocean passage planning

Although this is a shore-based course, the Club possesses some sextants and the opportunity is given of handling them and making adjustments to obtain basic familiarisation with their use.

Celestial navigation is founded on more advanced trigonometry; however, the use of sight reduction tables means that no mathematical knowledge, other than simple arithmetic, is expected.

Course timetable

Over 40 hours tuition over 22 weeks - on Monday evenings 1900-2100. There will be break from classes after the 30th November until 4th January.

A pre-course supper is available and needs to be pre-booking at the Club's Restaurant

The Club’s special Braided Rope and Practical Weather Forecasting courses help provide some of the self-sufficiency expected of ocean passage-making skippers and mates.

Since 2017, some of the material from Practical Weather Forecasting has been incorporated into our version of the Yachtmaster Ocean course.

2020 course dates will be:

First term:  Monday 28 Sept until Monday 30 Nov 2020
Second term: Monday 4 Jan 2021 until Monday 12 April 2021


The price for this course is:

Club Members: £285

Non-member: £395