It will cost up to USD $18,000 (approx. GBP £11,900 or 16,100 EUROS ) depending on what level you wish to get to.
All sailing schools charge differently so it’s worth shopping around.
Over intensive 18 weeks training you will go from no assumed knowledge at all to a commercial Yachtmaster Offshore or MCA Yachtmaster Ocean. This is for someone who wants to become a superyacht or megayacht skipper with no previous knowledge prior to doing the course.
As the fees involved suggest, this is only for someone who is serious about wanting to skipper a yacht for a living.
If you have the MCA Yachtmaster Ocean with commercial endorsement you will be able to skipper the biggest luxury yachts afloat.
Though in theory you will be able to skipper a billionaire’s plaything around Cape Horn in a storm, in reality you will be moving the yacht serenely between the Med, Caribbean and possibly the South Pacific via the Panama Canal for a living… Hardly a bad life!
Around 50% of the course will be theory and 50% practical.
You will be expected to have a very good knowledge of navigation, seamanship, and international treaties on seafaring, as well as a sound knowledge of making the vessel go where you want it to.
Yes and no – the Maritime and Coastguard Agency requires key parts of the course to be done in the UK but you may travel all over the world in getting the sea miles and experience in.
Not all RYA schools
offer it so have a look around the Boating Hub website to find a course
You don’t need any experience in theory but in practice, unless you have enough experience at sea to know this is the path you wish to take in life, don’t consider the course.
Generally you will be fast tracked over a 18 week period, however some sailing schools may offer different durations.
Have a look here for information as to specifics of the courses you will need to do.
Consider the full RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean certification as this is the top of the tree in terms of UK sailing qualifications.
You will have skippered a yacht on oceanic passages and should be able to tackle whatever is thrown at you competently and safely.
Yes. This is a professional sailing course designed to enable you to sail superyachts anywhere in the world. You will be able to serve the world’s jet set.
Take a look at this page from the RYA; http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestraining/exams/Pages/RYAYachtmaster.aspx
An example of the syllabus can be found here; http://www.miramarsailingschool.com/course_packages/yachtmaster_xpress.html