The Professional Yachtmaster Course

About the course

Our Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course will provide you with the comprehensive training and qualifications required to work within the maritime industry as a yacht skipper or as superyacht crew.

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate is recognised and respected around the world and is the ultimate aim of many skippers looking for employment opportunities in flotilla, charter, deliveries and instruction. Alongside the STCW Basic Safety Training certification the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification is fast becoming the entry level requirement for those looking at a long term career within the superyacht industry.

UKSA are world renowned in the maritime industry and have a host of connections to help get you your first role in the industry.

Yachtmaster Training at UKSA

This all-inclusive course gives you training, preparation and practical experience. We will prepare you for your first steps in the industry thanks to our unrivalled guidance and teaching and unique links with the maritime industry. All food and accommodation is included, meaning you can focus on your studies to become a yachtmaster!

Prices from £7,995* (inclusive of all food and accommodation)

Yachtmaster Course in detail

Course Overview:

  • 14-week course
  • 58 days afloat
  • Expert tuition on our yachts and in the class-room
  • World-class facilities at our Cowes base, the home of yachting
  • On-the-water from Day 1, bonding with your crew
  • Sea time focused on skills and drills
  • Mile-building covering a minimum of 2,500 tidal miles, including self-skippering
  • Navigation training
  • Radar training in our state-of-the-art simulation suite
  • Basic engineering and safety training
  • All food and accommodation included
  • Industry Guidance and assistance with your maritime CV
  • Employers visiting site to directly recruit graduates on completion of training
  • Ongoing professional guidance upon graduation
Yachtmaster students tiding ropes

RYA and MCA Qualifications upon completion:

  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail) or RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Sail)
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • MCA STCW Basic Training
  • MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • RYA Short Range Radio
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance

*Students who come to us with 500 quality miles (‘active’ miles spent as a participating crew member), and do not wish to benefit from spending a week on our Farr 65 with their crew, may opt to remove this initial 5 days sea time.  Costs displayed in the date table to the right will be discounted by £750 to reflect this.  Please speak to our experienced course advisers on (01983) 203038 if you are considering this option. 


UKSA are 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: (01983) 203038.


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).

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. We recommend all applicants talk through with our expert course advisors. Call us (01983) 203038 or email: [email protected]

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.

Yachtmaster student in oil skins

Professional Yachtmaster bolt-on options:

These qualifications will give you additional, valuable skills for your career.

Graduates story

For more detailed information about our Professional Yachtmaster Offshore please register your interest using the links on the right.  You can also read about this course from a recent graduate Dave Whitehouse

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