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RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Package

Sign up for our most popular Superyacht Deckhand course and fast track yourself to the front of the CV queue and potential employment with the all-inclusive RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Course run over +/- 14 weeks in Cape Town and Langebaan.

Completion of the Yachtmaster course, will earn Yacht Deckhand students their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence (CoC) and “Captain’s license” to skipper a yacht of up to 24 metres & 200 gross tons in waters up to 150 miles from a safe haven. RYA sail training provided by our partners at Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School.

Considered the Rolls Royce of yachting qualifications, this 14-week Yachtmaster journey, complete with
4-week open ocean mileage trip, will turn you from a beginner into a skilled and professional Superyacht Deckhand and sailor ready to take on the challenges of the wind and the ocean. Yacht Captain’s the world over understand the challenges of the South Atlantic and prefer candidates to have this type of exposure and experience prior to employment.

Your commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore license is required by yacht crew agents and sailing charter companies with which we are associated via our partners. Yacht Deckhand’s holding an Offshore (CoC) are considered exceptionally strong candidates and valued assets on any yacht up to MCA OOW Master (yachts less than 3000gt).

Yacht Deckhand Training
Yacht Deckhand Training

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore course includes all elements from the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal course PLUS 4-week open ocean mileage trip, RYA Yachtmaster theory and practical refresher, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam prep and exam and online PPR exam for commercial endorsement. RYA sail training provided by Sail Due South.

On successful completion, *top performing Superyacht Deckhand students have an opportunity (space dependent), to gain real-life experience and their first “Superyacht” reference via an unpaid day work program. *T&C’s apply.

Topics covered extensively in the Yachtmaster Offshore Deckhand package:

* Advanced powerboat driving techniques and night-time navigation
* Navigation
* Chartwork
* Meteorology
* Passage Planning
* Pilotage and “rules of the road”
* Man overboard (MOB) retrieval
* Points of sail
* Sail trimming
* Close quarter boat handling
* Sail boat docking
* 2500 Nautical Miles logged (Minimum)
* Diesel Engine systems, maintenance and care
* 4-week mileage trip in South Atlantic
* Combination of advanced sailing, yacht handling and passage making preparation
* Day and night sailing
* Port entries and pilotages
* Position fixing
* Interpreting forecasts
* Use of barometer
* Plotting weather systems
* 10-day refresher on Yachtmaster Theory and Practical
* Practical exam preparation including “Mock exam”

Course Breakdown

STCW 2010

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

RYA Powerboat Level 2

RYA Personal Watercraft (PWC)

Yacht Deckhand Course

RYA Superyacht Tender Operator


RYA Diesel Engine

RYA Competent Crew

RYA Day Skipper Theory

RYA Day Skipper Practical

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

4-Week Mileage Trip

RYA Yachtmaster Theory and Practical Refresher

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Prep and Exam

RYA Online PPR Exam (Commercial Endorsement)

*RYA training provided by our partners at Superyachting South Africa & Sail Due South

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