Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship

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Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship

Duration: from 16 days
Countries: Australia
The course is based in the spectacular setting of the Flying Fish Sail Academy, Sydney. Sail in Australia’s favourite yachting playground, past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge.

Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship

The course is based in the spectacular setting of the Flying Fish Sail Academy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney. Inshore you sail in Australia’s favourite yachting playground, cruising past the Opera House and under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.Offshore you explore the New South Wales coast, heading south  to Jervis Bay or north towards Broughton Islands, Seal Rocks and Coffs Harbour.

Lord Howe is an absolute jewel in the Pacific with beautiful beaches and a magnificent coral lagoon. The diving and snorkeling are world class and, weather permitting, the crew will spend a couple of days relaxing and exploring this beautiful island before we set sail for the passage back to Sydney.

The Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship in Sydney first trains you for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. Then you go on to learn astro-navigation and complete a blue water qualifying passage of 600 miles or more, in preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam.

On passing your oral exam you will be qualified to take command of a sailing vessel up to 200gt on passages unrestricted by distance.
During the course your time is divided between live-aboard passages and shorebased day sailing or theory classes. We promise you expert tuition and a stimulating learning environment.
The programme is split into distinct training modules

Full itinerary

1. Yachtmaster Offshore – 11 weeks The practical training includes: Sail trimming / Spinnaker handling and race techniques / Boat handling under sail and power / Passage planning / Navigation, port entry and pilotage / Passage making and skippered passages / Crew management offshore / Watch keeping / Safety and emergency drills / RIB (small powerboat) driving / Dinghy Sailing. The theory syllabus covers: Passage planning / Yacht and crew preparation /Pilotage navigation and chartwork / GPS and electronic aids / Meteorology / Tidal heights and streams/ Vessel stability / Safety equipment and procedures / Collision Regulations (IRPCS) / Racing rules and tactics

2. Yachtmaster Ocean Theory and Passage – 4 weeks You complete your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory course in the classroom. The syllabus includes celestial navigation and ocean meteorology. You also complete some ocean passage planning and an HF radio long range radio course. There is a two week break in training over the Christmas holidays for some well earned R and R. The crew then gets together to plan the ocean passage which is the highlight of this programme. Subject to weather forecasts we aim to make a short coastal passage followed by an ocean passage to the world heritage listed Lord Howe Island.

3. Yachtmaster Prep and Exam – 7 daysThe final part of your course is five days of intensive skills practice and knowledge revision followed by practical examination for the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence run by an independent examiner.

4. Yachtmaster Ocean. Your Yachtmaster Ocean assessment is a separate oral exam conducted by the RYA. The exam is arranged with each candidate individually.

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Pre-requisite experience and qualifications.

If you start the course as a beginner you will log all the miles and passages needed for the practical and oral exams. If you join us having logged some miles and time on yachts you can expect to leave as a confident, qualified Yachtmaster Offshore, ready to enter the RYA oral exam as Yachtmaster Ocean. All seafarers applying for certification as Yachtmasters and Deck Officers need full colour vision.

STCW for superyacths

STCW Basic Safety training is a must have for anyone seeking employment on board a vessel larger than 24 metres in length.  Available in the UK or Australia at various times before or after your Yachtmaster Traineeship. It can be booked at a discount as an add-on to this programme.

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Meals on yachts, all safety equipment, publications, tuition. Economy class flight from Sydney to Hobart.
Some great sailing!
3,100-3,700 sea miles logged
RYA Competent Crew
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
RYA Day Skipper Practical
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine certificateYacht maintenance course
RYA qualifying passages RYA Dinghy Level 1 Start Sailing
RYA Dinghy Level 2 Basic SkillsSpinnaker handling course
ACMA HF Radio Licence
YA Yachtmaster Shorebased
RYA Coastal Skipper
Watch keeping experience
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
RYA YM Ocean Shorebased
RYA YM Ocean passage
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Sail)

Please note

Yachtmaster exam fees are not included. A fee of approximately $465 is payable to the RYA examiner for YM Offshore. The YM Ocean oral exam fee is approximately $350 in Australia.

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