Yachtmaster Program
Everyone of our Yachtmaster candidates receives a bespoke program to ensure the journey is useful, enjoyable and achievable.
Pathway to becoming a Yachtmaster 
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This is an opportunity to bring to bring together your existing skills and identify and fill any gaps you might have in structured and enjoyable way.

There is an enormous satisfaction that comes from sitting and passing a Yachtmaster exam and having your seamanship skills and skippering ability examined and awarded this prestigious and internationally recognised qualification.

Your program is written and delivered by Neil personally. He has been coaching people for the RYA Yachtmaster exams since he was 22, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience for you to draw upon throughout your journey and beyond.

Usually you are examined with one or two other candidates. We encourage you to have crew on board who you would like to train with for the exam.

During your training pathway we will coach and test you on a range of elements of the Yachtmaster syllabus including navigation, boat handling, man overboard, safety, meteorology, adverse weather management, your skippering ability and your eligibility to sit practical exams.

The majority of skippers who choose to come to Above and Beyond Boating for Yachtmaster level training are experienced and often own or have owned a boat and are looking high level, personalised and structured training that can fit in around the other life commitments.

If you do not have a boat then we can organise a vessel for you to be trained and assessed on.

"The whole course has been an amazing experience, it’s now a question of where to from here, which is quite a fun question to contemplate!"
Andrew Glover
YOUR PATHWAY TO BECOMING A YACHTMASTER
Yachtmaster Pre-assessment
Yachtmaster Exam Preparation
Duration is unique to the participant, but usually takes between 2-5 lessons. 
Yachtmaster Exam
Coastal/Offshore

RYA Yachtmaster ​​​​​​​Coastal
Certificate of Competence
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The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a sailing yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.
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Pre-requisites
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Valid first aid certificate
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Seatime - 800 miles logged within 10 years prior to examination
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30 days living onboard
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2 days as skipper
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12 night hours
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30 days living onboard
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Exam Duration
6 - 10 hours for one candidate and/or 4 - 8 hours per candidate when more than one candidate is being examined.
Candidates will be set tasks to allow them to demonstrate their ability and will be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shore-based courses up to coastal skipper level. 
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate understanding but may not have had the opportunity to practice all aspects of the syllabus under a range of different weather conditions.
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Commercial Uses in Australia
You can operate a commercial vessel <12m long with operating power <75kw and <15nm from shore if you also have the following:
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Current AMSA approved medical certificate
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Completed RYA Diesel Engine cours
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Completed the Australian Sailing Powerboat Handling Course
RYA Yachtmaster
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Certificate of Competence
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The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a sailing yacht on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from harbour. 
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Pre-requisites
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Valid first aid certificate
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Seatime - 50 days, 2500 miles logged within 10 years prior to examination
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At least 5 passages over 60 miles, acting as skipper for 2 of these passages and including 2 which have involved overnight passages.
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Half of the qualifying seatime must have been accrued in tidal waters
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Exam Duration
8 - 12 hours for one candidate and/or 5 - 9 hours per candidate when two candidates are being examined.
Candidates will be set tasks to allow them to demonstrate their ability as a skipper of an offshore cruising yacht and will be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all courses except RYA Yachtmaster Ocean. 
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate competence based on broad experience.
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Commercial Uses in Australia
You can operate a commercial vessel <24m long with operating power <75kw and up to <100nm from shore if you also have the following:
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Current AMSA approved medical certificate
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Completed RYA Diesel Engine cours
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Completed the Australian Sailing Powerboat Handling Course
Phil Bennet had already skippered his own yacht in Category 1 races for decades before coming to Above and Beyond Boating..

"I was motivated to attend the course after we had some trouble working out the best course to steer as we approached Lord Howe Island in the 2013 race. The course being presented to us by our computer based navigation software did not give us the optimum result, due mainly to me not fully understanding the variables required as input, this cost us 2nd place in ORCi.

The course has helped me fill in a number of gaps in my knowledge in particular it provided a comprehensive understanding of tidal/current set and drift and its effect on estimating a position and the course to steer which is what I wanted to achieve.


Neil is an excellent teacher as he makes you do the practical work after pointing you in the direction to find information. This interactive approach forces you to make the effort to work out the answer yourself and doing so you gain an in depth understanding of the “why” rather than repetition of what you have been told.

I have also improved my ability to read and understand charts and the speed to update and use the chart as backup to our GPS based chart system.

So if you want to get a working knowledge of navigation, the rules of the road and how weather might interact with your planned voyage this course will provide that for you."

Phil Bennett - King Billy

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