Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

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Duration of course
16 weeks

Advance your maritime career

UKSA’s Professional Yachtmaster Offshore qualification is a bespoke, ALL-INCLUSIVE, comprehensive training package that will provide you with the skills you need to start your career in the maritime industry. This unique, premium qualification has been developed by Richard Baggett, one of the world’s top yachting instructors, and his highly experienced team at UKSA. The course is constantly monitored and adapted to ensure it remains relevant and always covers the current requirements for you to start working in the industry straight away. UKSA’s highly regarded Yachtmaster opens up the most opportunities for employment within the maritime sector. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, working on superyachts, flotilla, tug boats, and employment in the Merchant Navy.

We can help you plan your career

Our advisors are here to support you with free careers advice.

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About the course

The course is delivered by our industry-leading instructors with a focus on working directly with each individual student. UKSA has been delivering courses for over 30 years and we are proud that our one-to-one sessions, mentoring, careers advice, CV writing and recruitment support will give you the edge and contacts you need to enter the industry with confidence.

Plus, we are located in Cowes, the home of yachting, meaning you have access to arguably the best training waters in the world – The Solent…

Training at UKSA gives you excellent value for money as all food and accommodation (both on board our yachts AND on site), tuition, mentoring and careers guidance are included in ONE PRICE. There are no hidden extra costs at UKSA.

Train at UKSA and you will enjoy these EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS:
  • Purpose built classrooms and navigational training simulators all on one site
  • Nine days at sea on a large, professional yacht (Farr 65)
  • Time spent skippering your own crew to offer an enhanced learning experience
  • One-to-one mentoring throughout the course from your instructors
  • Dedicated careers course manager
  • Organised recruitment days with potential employers
  • Career support both during and after your time at USKA
  • Networking on site throughout your time at UKSA
  • Blended accommodation, both on and offshore, and all food included
  • Use of our swimming pool, gym and sports hall
  • One year’s FREE membership of Nautilus International
Course overview:
  • 16 weeks training
  • 70 days afloat
  • 2,500 tidal miles covered
  • Navigation training
  • Radar training
  • Basic engineering and safety training
  • Careers guidance from our professional team
  • Networking within the industry
  • All delivered in a Covid secure environment.

Train at UKSA and experience our unbeatable value, world-class tuition and invaluable industry support and insight.

Please note: On occasion your sea phases may involve travelling outside of the UK. Therefore, to avoid restricting sailings we highly recommend that all Professional Yachtmaster Offshore students/Cadets are vaccinated against Covid-19 with the current maximum number of doses.

 Please note this is not mandatory in order to complete the course but a recommendation.


  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail) or RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Sail)
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • MCA STCW Basic Safety Training
    • Personal Survival Techniques
    • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
    • Elementary First Aid
    • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • RYA Short Range Radio
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities
Commercial Endorsement

To work professionally within the maritime industry, you must be commercially endorsed. To commercially endorse your RYA Yachtmaster Certification at the end of your training, you will need to complete the RYA application for Commercial Endorsement Form, but you will gain all qualifications needed to commercially endorse your ticket during training.


You must have an ENG1 seafarer medical fitness certificate to work at sea (click here for more details) and to enable you to apply for your RYA Commercial Endorsement (click here for more details). We recommend all students secure this before attending a course.

There are no other pre-requisites necessary to start the course. All that we ask is that you have enough sailing experience to know that you want a life at sea. If you don’t have any previous experience, we recommend you talk to our course advisors on +44 (0)1983 203028 or [email protected]


We are here to support you

UKSA is committed to making training and qualifications accessible to those who have the desire to succeed in a yachting or watersports career. Funding could be available for this Yachtmaster course. To see a full list of all of our funding options visit our funding opportunities page or call us to talk about your options with our experienced course advisers on +44 (0)1983 203038.


How to get a commercial skipper’s license

The recommended route to obtaining a commercial skippers license is to do two training courses which consist of the Day Skipper Shorebased course and the Day Skipper Practical course. These are both included in the Professional Yachtmaster offshore course. The first covers the theory and knowledge-based training, such as meteorology, navigation, pilotage techniques and collision regulations; the second is putting this theory into practice in addition to developing the practical skippering skills of crew management, boat handling, practical pilotage and passage making.

What is a Yachtmaster?

A Yachtmaster is a person with a wealth of maritime knowledge who can cope with plain sailing and motor cruising and is also able to cope in demanding situations. Our Yachtmaster offshore qualification is recognised and respected all around the world and is the ultimate aim of many skippers, both professional and recreational.

Who are the RYA?

The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) are the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
Professional Yachtmaster Offshore 20/06/2022 10/10/2022 Full
Professional Yachtmaster Offshore 04/08/2022 24/11/2022 £10,500
Professional Yachtmaster Offshore 30/08/2022 20/12/2022 Full
Professional Yachtmaster Offshore 13/10/2022 13/02/2023 £10,800
Professional Yachtmaster Offshore 03/11/2022 05/03/2023 £10,800
Professional Yachtmaster Offshore 24/11/2022 26/04/2023 £10,800
Professional Yachtmaster Offshore 06/01/2023 28/04/2023 £10,800

Don’t just take our word for it

Sjoerd – UKSA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore graduate

“The course is very professional, the instructors are experienced and highly motivated, and everyone is friendly and keen to help you succeed. The key reason I joined UKSA is to get my yachting ticket from an organisation that is well respected in the yachting industry. I also wanted to benefit from the careers support to be able to break into a career in professional yachting.”

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