RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course | Bluewater Sailing | Caribbean

Want the adventure of blue water cruising? This advanced theory course is for designed for you.


The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory course is ideal for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore skippers who are preparing for their first ocean passage. Our extremely experienced instructors at Bluewater Sailing will tutor you through the complex skills of astro-navigation and using a sextant. Candidates will learn ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and using electronic navigation aids at sea.



Studying for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory | Bluewater SailingPrerequisites for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course


Prior to the course, your theory and navigation skills should be at the standard of the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore. If you are aiming to undertake the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, completion of this shore-based theory course exempts you from the written exam. Please contact us if you have any questions or need any assistance before booking.


How long is the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory course?


Bluewater Sailing teaches this course four times each year with RYA Examiners Simon Bradshaw or Mike Critchley – please contact us for the schedule. The course is run over 40 hours and has one exam paper. It is covered as an intensive 5 day course and costs GBP 450 per person (plus GBP 200 share of examiner’s expenses).


Taking sun sights on the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course.RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course Topics


  • The earth and the celestial sphere
  • Practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea
  • Meridian altitudes
  • Sun, star and other sights
  • Ocean passage planning.


Book now to avoid disappointment – these courses have limited spaces!


RYA Resources

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Handbook (eBook) at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Astro Navigation Handbook at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Weather Forecasts at the RYA Shop


RYA Instructor Assistance For Ocean Passage Planning

Our instructors at Bluewater Sailing are highly trained with over 100,000 logged sea miles on both professional and personal sailing experiences. They have explored the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean, and the colder UK/European waters. Our instructors are available for consultancy if you are planning an ocean passage, or have any other yachting questions. They can advise you on passage planning, ports to visit, sail plans and power needs. An on board sail and yacht inspection will allow a comprehensive report on your proposed cruise to be produced.