Sail Nelson Sailing School, Nelson New Zealand

New Zealand Sailing School, Nelson

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

The RYA's ultimate course - bringing you every trick in the book and the qualifications you need to pursue a career in the sailing industry.


Who should attend? This course is the most advanced RYA sailing qualification and is suitable for those planning a professional career as a skipper through the RYA programme.
What experience do I need? A minimum of 50 days sea time, 2,500 miles traveled, including 5 passages over 60 nautical miles (2 overnight and 2 as skipper). VHF Radio Operators Certificate and First Aid Certificate. You need to be an experienced yachtsman, competent to skipper of a cruising yacht in local areas. A strong understanding of navigation is required.
What topics are covered? Passage planning, weather, navigation, tides, GPS, rules of the road, safety, emergency procedures, pilotage.
How much time is involved? 5 days/4 nights liveaboard. Courses start at 10am on day one, returning at 5pm on day five with drinks and nibbles at Wakefield Quay House, our B&B overlooking the Nelson harbour entrance. We recommend an additional 2 days onshore navigation theory and 1 day is required for the examination (please contact us for pricing).
What do I need to bring? Soft, nonslip, non-marking shoes, comfortable clothes, a warm sweater, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat, a swimsuit, towel, sleeping bag, toiletries & medications, change of clothes, a beer or two if required. Pack in a soft bag. Onshore luggage storage available if needed at own risk.
What do we provide? All safety gear, hot or cold drinks, all meals and snacks. The RYA syllabus & logbook (G15) in which to record your sailing experience (if you don't already have one) and the RYA Yachtmaster. Good quality wet weather clothing can be hired for $50
What certificate will I get and what can I do with it? On satisfactory completion of the course you will be eligible to sit the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore practical examination. This involves an external examiner to join you on the yacht for a practical exam of approx 8 to 10 hours, departing from Port Nelson. Please get in touch with us for pricing of exam fees, commercial endorsement and yacht hire for exam. (Please note: The use of our yacht Manaia for examinations is only available to students who have joined us for a Yachtmaster Offshore 5 day course).
How many on the course? A maximum of 4 students plus your RYA licensed skipper/tutor John Moore. A minimum of 2 students are required before the course can be confirmed.
What if the weathers bad? If your instructor decides it would be unsafe to sail and cancels, we will arrange another suitable time.  If your timetable precludes this, we refund 100% of the price.
What does it cost? NZ$ 2,045      Book now »