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RYA Certificate paths

In 2012 i took a class of "RYA - Competent Crew" and this year i hope will get
a "Day skipper" license.
As i understand most of the guys stops at this level, but i want to continue my certification.

To reach the Yachtmaster\Offshore level , is there a required bunch of certs ?
Or just when have enough experience , just go on exam ?


I'm considering to start some small business with boat electronics repair, chartering skipper and sailing instructor.

What is yours opinion? Any advices ?
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Re: RYA Certificate paths

My understanding (from the RYA website and materials I have) is that the Yachtmaster Offshore can be obtained by having the following experience "50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.". You also (obviously) have to pass their theory & practical examination.

Whilst I am told going through Day Skipper course is good, I haven't once been told it's a requirement (although they keep strongly implying I should take it anyway). As such, I strongly believe that it's just the experience you need.

You will need a VHF radio license and a first aid certificate though.
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No need to do the theory. Just need what is listed above.
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Re: RYA Certificate paths

Hmmm. Since you are required to be up to the standards for shorebased theory as you progress through the levels, I recommend you do combination courses of theory and practical. There are two levels before Yachtmaster, they are Day Skipper and then Coastal Skipper. Talk to your local RYA school for more details, or email us, we are an RYA recognised training centre ( in the warm !!! )
Tip: repeating the practical courses can be a cheap way of getting up to the required sea time and experience levels!
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Re: RYA Certificate paths

Thanks !!

How to prove RYA my sailed miles ?
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Re: RYA Certificate paths

You need a logbook. There is a section in the RYA logbook to record miles you have done previously as well. (Self certified)
Your day skipper course is usually two weeks, one of theory, and one practical. The same for the coastal level.
After that, once you get to the exam stage, it will be obvious to the examiner that you are competent, but remember you will also get theory questions to prove your knowledge.
I would recommend going on a YM pre-exam course to fully prepare.
All the details are in the G15 RYA logbook, or on the RYA website.
Hope this helps.
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RYA - Day skipper -Done! Cheers!

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Re: RYA Certificate paths

Congradulations.
I believe you can challenge some of the RYA levels but you would need to have a lot of expierience to do so succesfully. The theory courses can be done on line. attending a practical course with the practical exam at the end is probabaly the best way to go.
Its also fun.
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