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No longer offered as courses by Coastguard, these have been replaced with RYA Yachtmaster courses (as listed below)

To enquire about these courses or certificates, please contact Coastguard Boating Education on 0800 40 80 90 or contact one of the RYA training centres.


  • RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus & Logbook
  • RYA Yachtmaster Handbook
  • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes
  • RYA Astro Navigation Handbook
  • RYA Weather Handbook

    The RYA Yachtmaster™ qualifications are completed in the following order..



    Aim The Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises.
    Duration (Minimum) 6-10 hours for one candidate. 8 - 14 for two.
    Qualification Certificate of completion.
    Prerequisites Experience equivalent to 30 days sea time (800 miles) including 12 night hours*, a GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade marine radio certificate and current First Aid Certificate.



    Aim The Yachtmaster Offshore has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises.
    Duration (Minimum) 8 - 10 hours for one candidate. 10-18 for two.
    Qualification Certificate of completion. RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence with a commercial endorsement can be used for vessels up to 200GT and as an entry into Megayacht qualifications.
    Prerequisites Experience equivalent to 50 days (2,500 miles) including at least 5 passages over 60 miles, 2 overnight and 2 as skipper, a GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade marine radio certificate and current First Aid Certificate.



    Aim The Yachtmaster Ocean has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht or motor vessel on an ocean passage.
    Duration Approximately 1.5 hours
    Qualification RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence
    PrerequisitesExperience of an ocean passage (over 600M) as a skipper or mate/watch leader, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore based Certificate of Competence. *Holders or RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore based are exempt from the written assessment.

    By RYA. Paperback, 0.26kg, 148mm x 210mm, 127 pages. Full colour illustrations. 2015

    This new book provides detailed information about the structure and content of the practical and shorebased courses for both sail and motor cruising with the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme.

    The RYA’s renowned practical training is complemented by a structured shorebased learning process on the theory of navigation, safety, seamanship and by specialist one-day courses on skills such as first aid and sea survival.

    Informs you of what to expect when taking any RYA sail or motor cruising course and also provides pages for you to log your progress and keep your certificates.

    This book effectively combines, updates and replaces RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G15) and RYA Motor Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G18). It also introduces new courses and clarifies pre-exam requirements for all RYA Yachtmaster exams.

    NZ$25.00 + Delivery.

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    By James Stevens. Hardback, 0.6kg, 198mm x267mm, 108 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations, Published 2013.
    The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is the first official and definitive guide for anyone preparing for the world-renowned RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal examinations.
    It will not only appeal to both leisure sailors and motor cruisers; there is a section covering commercial endorsement requirements for those who wish to use their qualification professionally.
    It describes what you can expect on the day of the examination, the thinking behind the test and what the examiner is looking for.
    With the aid of some stunning illustrations, it is designed to make you focus on areas where skills can sometimes be lacking, with the aim of setting you up for life beyond the exam as a competent and confident skipper.
    Although the chapters include subjects that are covered in earlier books, this assumes knowledge at (or close to) RYA Yachtmaster level and highlights what a candidate needs to be thinking about:
  • What is an RYA Yachtmaster?
  • Where do I go from Here?
  • Tidal Streams and Heights
  • Passage Planning & Passage Making
  • Seamanship and Stability
    The author James Stevens can take much of the credit for the success and international acceptance of the RYA Yachtmaster scheme, and is now the chair of the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel.

    NZ$65.00 + Delivery

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    By RYA. Paperback, 0.28kg, 148mm x 210mm, 144 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2016
    The RYA Yachtmaster® qualification is the pinnacle of yacht training.
    Anyone seeking to gain a RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence requires a broad theoretical knowledge base and a high level of practical skill.
    This new edition of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes includes enhanced sections on weather, navigation, pilotage, voyage planning, and special situations when afloat. These sit alongside informative and highly illustrated notes on all aspects of the syllabus, ensuring that this title provides valuable information for anyone looking to become an RYA Yachtmaster, and for those who have already passed the exam.

    NZ$35.00 + Delivery.

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    By Tim Bartlett. Paperback, 0.26kg, 170mm x 245mm, 80 pages, full colour illustrations.
    Something different to expand the RYA navigation series, Tim Bartlett’s RYA Astro Navigation Handbook delves into the ancient art of navigating by the moon and stars.
    Within the book, the reader will find a range of information from the basics of Astro navigation, right up to how to use the more complex formulas involved in the art.
    This book is an ideal progression from any basic navigation books.
    “Written by a long-time MBY contributor, this covers the very basics to the advanced, using excellent photos and illustrations”.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    By RYA / Chris Tibbs. Softback, 170mm x 245mm, 126 pages, colour photos and line drawings Published 2017.
    If you are doing an RYA course or are simply seeking to gain a greater understanding of the weather, this edition of the RYA Weather Handbook (which covers the Northern and Southern Hemispheres) is full of practical and useful information, on aspects such as theory, weather charts, clouds, predicting the wind, and the technology used in sourcing meteorological information.

    This edition provides more information than ever before about where to obtain forecasts, the growing use of technology in forecasting weather and obtaining up-to-date information and in particular monitoring the tell-tale signs around you for any indication that the weather may not be doing what was forecast.

    The areas that have been substantially updated and enhanced with additional content are tropical weather (hurricanes, cyclones and sailing in the tropics), climate change and new technology.

    NZ$55.00 + delivery.

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