Ocean Cruising

ICCRYA Basic NavigationRYA Day SkipperCoastal Cruising Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Ocean CruisingYachtmaster Ocean

Combines the Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean courses into one.This most comprehensive course includes within it the syllabus for all three RYA shorebased courses and is intended for all those with blue water ambitions hoping at some stage to ‘sell up and sail’. As with Coastal Cruising, we assume no great prior experience as we progress through coastal and offshore waters, starting with a thorough examination of all aspects of coastal navigation and basic seamanship (the stress being on safe practice throughout). There is a detailed study of ‘Rule of the Road’ at sea, pilotage, emergency procedures, meteorology and the use of electronic equipment, before the emphasis is switched to ocean climatology, the use of the sextant, satellite communications and worldwide passage making.

The content of this course should not be underestimated as it provides complete knowledge for those who really want to progress from coastal hopping to ocean cruising.

Since this syllabus more than fulfils the requirements for the award of the RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster and the Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased certificates, these two RYA qualifications are included within the course fee (the Day Skipper exams can be completed for a small additional fee).

Syllabus includes - Rollover arrows for information

The Instruments of Navigation

Charts and Nautical Publications

Basic Chart Plotting
Navigational Aids
The Compass, Course Correction and Time
Tidal Streams and Tide Tables
Finding Tidal Heights and Times
Visual and Electronic Position Fixing
Passage Planning
Basic Nautical Knowledge
Deck Seamanship
Safety at Sea
Fire Safety on Small Craft
Meteorology: An Introduction
Communications at Sea
Mooring and Anchoring
Shipping Forecasts and Weather Maps
Emergency Procedures

The ‘Rule of the Road’ at Sea
The Celestial Sphere
Time and Angle Measurement
Altitudes and Latitude by Meridian Altitude
Position Line by the Tabular Method
Stellar and Planetary Observations
Special Observations
Practical Astro Observations
Ocean Meteorology and Climatology
Calculator and Satellite Navigation
Ocean Cruising and Passage Planning


Course OC

Course material includes 36 modules, charts, Admiralty and RYA publications, extracts from the Nautical Almanac, practice astronomical tables, personal tuition, NMCS completion certificate and RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased assessments and certificates.

Course can be completed in as little as 8 weeks. On average, at 6 hours per week it could take 6 months to complete. Full tutor support in provided for 18 months.

£750.00 (full fee)

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