Yachtmaster Ocean

Sail Training

Sail Training...

Introduction to Sailing
1 live-aboard weekend

Competent Crew
2 live-aboard weekends

Yachtmaster Practical
Exam Coaching live-aboard weekends

RYA Theory...

RYA Yachtmaster Theory
3 weekends 8-4pm

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
10 4-hr standalone modules

Ocean Sailing...

Mate of Watch Course will be available on the
Sydney-New Caledonia passage in September 2023
And again on the New Caledonia-Bundaberg passage in October

Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifier will be available on the
Sydney-New Caledonia passage in September 2023
And again on the New Caledonia-Bundaberg passage in October
* See pricing note at foot of page

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RYA Yachtmaster Ocean

"A person holding a Yachtmaster Ocean qualification is experienced and competent to skipper a yacht on passages of any length in all parts of the world."

Choice of two very rare Ocean Qualifying Passages available
There are only 5 student places on each passage, so book early.

Cross the Equator...
Salvador, Brazil - Trinidad: 10 February - 10 March 2021

Tick of The Atlantic...
Bermuda - Azores - Dublin: 20 April - 18 May 2021:

Read on for more information about becoming an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster

What you need to become an Ocean Yachtmaster

To pass the interview-based RYA Yachtmaster exam you will need to be an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with excellent organisational skills and a wealth of practical experience sailing unsupported across substantial bodies of water.

You will also need to show evidence of

600 mile Ocean Qualifying Passage

A narrative account of the planning and execution of a passage with a minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles as run by the log. You must have been skipper or mate of watch and the yacht must have been at sea continuously for at least 96 hours. The yacht must have been more than 50 miles from land or charted objects while sailing a distance of at least 200 miles.

Confidence with Celestial Navigation

Navigational records, completed on board a yacht on passages, out of sight of land showing that you are completely confident with the use of sextant and sight-reduction tables and that you navigated the yacht without the use of electronic navigational aids.

Knowledge of Worldwide meterology

The interview-style exam may also include written questions on star sight planning and reduction and worldwide meteorology.

How our 28-day ocean passage will help you
become an Ocean Yachtmaster

You will be involved in every stage of planning these 3000+ mile 4-week ocean crossing.


Best route - Weather - Self-sufficiency - Charts


Water - food - fuel - sails - engine - communications - crew and watch keeping


Safety equipment - Medical supplies - Spare parts and tools - suitability of vessel

Paperwork and Publications

Customs and immigration for clearing out and arriving - Admiralty publications - long-range, gnomic and weather planning charts.

Mastering the Theory:

There will be a number of theory classes prior to departure to help you get your head around...

Celestial Theory

the 'Astro-navigation' required for the voyage

Worldwide Meteorology

Including tropical revolving storms (hurricanes etc), Indian Ocean monsoons, ocean currents and gyres

Passage Planning

Including charts, publications, weather strategies and communications

Course requirements and information:


You should already be (or be on your way to becoming) an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. This Preparation course and its outcomes will be valid for up to 10 years. However, it is always best to do any preparation as near as possible to the exam!)


Live aboard for 28 days.


• Salvador, Brazil - Trinidad: 10th Feb - 10th March 2021

• Bermuda - Azores - Dublin: 20 April - 18 May 2021:


Voyage: £2026 GBP*/$2600 USD). Includes meals and accommodation on board.

Theory Classes: £50/$65 USD per class.

Book this

After you have completed one of these 28 day ocean voyage, if you wish to take the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster exam, we will help you arrange your portfolio and book an exam with an RYA Ocean examiner.

* As a British-registered non-profit organisation, all transactions are deemed to occur in the UK and The Ocean Sailing Club charges membership and product prices in UK pounds, however the club will accept payment in the local currency of where their yacht is at the time. Currently the Club uses the rate of US$1.30=£1 but this can change.

Ocean Sailing

Sydney - New Caledonia

22nd September - 6th October
New Caledonia - Bundaberg

28th October - 10th November

14 day RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Qualifier - $2100 AUD

Fun Sailing
Sail Training

Sail The Pacific Lagoons of New Caledonia

8th - 27th October

3 x 7 days cruises of fun sailing, mile-building and maybe some training - $1150 AUD

Sail The Great Barrier Reef

14th - 30th November

2 x 7 days cruises of fun sailing, mile-building and maybe some training - $1150 AUD

Coastal Sailing

Mackay - Southport

2nd December - 8th December
Southport - Sydney

9th December - 16th December

2x 7 day RYA Yachtmaster mile-builders - $1050 AUD

* See pricing note at foot of page