RYA Yachtmaster Theory Syllabus
Read to learn the necessary theory!
The following subjects are part of the required theory knowldge and will be assessed by the Yachtmaster Examiner. The theory is actually the same for the Coastal Skipper as for the Yachtmaster Offore and well worth knowing.
In a Yachtmaster Prep course, you will be guided through the subjects in order to brush up your knowledge, concentrating on the issues you might need an extra help with.
Having said that, you need to come well prepared and, for instance, you should know all the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. Other issues, such as tidal calculations or weather, we will discuss on the course in order to coach you to successfully passing of the theoretical part of the Yachtmaster Exam.
It is highly recommended to have bought, studied and learned the “Rules of the Roads” by means of one of the following books:
– RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
– A Seaman’s Guide to the Rule of the Road
– Pocket Book of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea: A Seaman’s Guide
The following book is a good summery with a lot of illustrative pictures, but very little explaining text. It is mainly useful as a brush-up or ground for discussions:
I would strongly suggest you prepare yourself and buy one of the two following books. Tom Cunliffe writes very entertaining and personal, while the book by Alison Noice is more structured and straight forward. They both have the same content and it is more a matter of taste whether you prefer Tom’s personal way of describing things (I do very much so!) or if you are more of a strict “this-is-how-it-goes” type:
– by Tom Cunliffe: The Complete Yachtmaster: Sailing, Seamanship and Navigation for the Modern Yacht Skipper
– by Alison Noice: Yachtmaster for Sail and Power, The Complete Course for the RYA Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster Certificate
The following little booklet is a perfect little pocket guide to have onboard:
Sailors interested in Ocean sailing, do not need to look further than to the new book by Tom Cunliffe. It’s a ‘must-have guide’ for anyone planning to sail beyond the horizon.
– The Complete Ocean Skipper by Tom Cunliffe
Please note that all books by Tom Cunliffe can be purchased directly from Tom here, whereby you will receive signed copies.
– Dead reckoning and estimated position
– Satellite-derived position
– Use of waypoints to fix position
– Radar fixes
– Techniques of visual fixing
– Fixes using a mixture of position lines
– Relative accuracy of different methods of position fixing
– Areas of uncertainty2. The magnetic compass
– Allowance for variation
– Change of variation with time and position
– Causes of deviation
– Swing for deviation
– Allowance for deviation
– Different types of compass
4. Tidal streams
8. GPS and chart plotters
|9. Echo sounders
– Principles of operation and limitations of use10. Logs
– Principles of operation and limitations of use11. Deck log
– Importance of log as yacht’s official document
– Layout of log, hourly and occasional entries
13. Rule of the Road
14. Safety at Sea
15. Navigation in restricted visibility
16. Passage planning
17. Marine Environment