Solent Yachtmaster Prep & Exam

Course Duration

5 days (Mon-Fri) *

Previous Experience Needed

50 Days, 2500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles, 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 of this mileage needs to be within Tidal waters and within 10 years of the assessment.

Other Requirements

Theory to Yachtmaster Level, VHF Certificate, and First Aid Certificate

Course Location

Berthon Marina, Lymington, Solent Pontoon C10 & C12

Course Price

£395 inc VAT + £45 for course books and £210 which is payable to the RYA on the day of the assessment.

Certificate Gained

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence

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Price Includes

  • Instruction till Thursday lunchtime
  • Accommodation aboard our yacht (from Sunday)
  • Lifejackets.
  • Oil skins
  • Free parking


Call us for Further Information

If you have any queries please call: 07764 465773


Course Content

  • Advanced skippering techniques
  • Close quarters handling under power and sail
  • Navigation by day and night
  • Pilotage by day and night
  • Man overboard recover

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Solent Yachtmaster Prep & Exam

Our Solent Yachtmaster Prep course is designed to get you used to the boat and to help you with navigational and practical sailing skills, with which you might be a bit rusty. There is no point stepping on board to do this course if you are having trouble working out a course to steer or secondary Port tidal calculation.


Courses run Monday to Friday every week. **

Course Schedule

Yachtmaster prep starts at 0900 on Monday and finish at approx 1600 on the final day.

Additional Costs Onboard

  • Crew kitty of £5 per day towards food***
  • £5 per day towards mooring costs.

Additional Information

Exam: Each candidate will be assessed for their Skippering Skills,boat handling, general seamanship, navigation,  safety awareness, knowledge of the IRPCS, Meteorology and Signals.

General: The previous experience required as Skipper, in order to do the RYA Yachtmaster assessment really is the bare minimum and whilst some candidates are exceptional and can pass with as little as 5 days experience as Skipper the majority are not quite ready.
If during the Yachtmaster preparation course we feel that you are not ready for the exam we will tell you, at which point you can choose not to go ahead or to do the Coastal Yachmaster Exam. Should you decide not to go ahead you will not need to pay the Exam fee and can spend the rest of the week practising sailing Skills.

If you would like to do the RYA Yachtmaster course but feel that you need to do an extra week then please call and discuss it with us.

Call us for Further Information

If you have any queries, please call: 07764 465773
or email:

* Yachtmaster prep from 0900 Monday to Mid day Thursday. Exam will commence on the Thursday and finish Friday afternoon.

** Students may be required to join the yacht on the Sunday evening.

*** Food cost will cover breakfast and lunch as well as one dinner on board for the evening of the night sail. Other evenings we eat in the local pub.



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