RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore

Commercial Endorsement and a VERY useful course!

Course information, Preparation and Exam

The Yachtmaster preparation course is designed to thoroughly prepare you for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam, conducted by the RYA, at the end of your course. The exam is 2 days and the price includes the use of the boat for the additional days.

The Yachtmaster Exam is renowned world over as the benchmark standard by which other nations set their standards, and many Yachtsmen aspire to this standard as either a personal goal, or as a means to go on and work commercially.

We offer a 5 day preparation course during which our instructors will offer tips and advice on the standards expected during the exam, as well as coaching on any areas you may be weaker in. Your skills should be fairly advanced before you embark on this course, so we suggest you contact us, if you have any questions or doubts so that we can help.

The Exam is subject to an additional fee from the RYA – Payable on the day.

Successfull completion

Successful candidates will be awarded the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate, via the RYA.

Other information

Age requirements: 18

Minimal experience: 50 days at sea, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 miles, 2 as skipper. SRC, First Aid, PPR

Duration:  5 days, Fri to Wed. Start time of the course 18.00, end time of the course 15.00, one or two more days for the exam

What’s included: All food on board, fuel, marina fees, pillow and pillow case hire

What’s not included: Sleeping bag hire (available at £15 per 5 days), wet weather gear hire (available at £25 per 5 days). For details of what you should bring with you, please refer here

Support courses: VHF, First Aid



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Available dates for 2016

  • 04 – 09 March
  • 09 – 14 March
  • 01 – 06 April
  • 06 – 11 April
  • 29 April – 04 May
  • 04 – 09 May
  • 03 – 08 June
  • 08 – 13 June
  • 19 – 24 August
  • 24 – 29 August
  • 23 – 28 September
  • 28 September – 03 October
  • 07 – 12 October
  • 12 – 17 October
  • 04 – 09 November
  • 09 – 14 November

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Not sure about paying online? No problem, call us and we can take payment over the phone. Or if you have any questions, we are here!

01273 987 087

I came for a 5 days course and it was freeezing! I did come in February though, so serves me right. There was a proper heater onboard though, so we we fine. The course structure was excellent, Aubrey [instructor] really knew his stuff and it was fun. Lots of mooring, which is what I was after. Feel much more confident now, and thanks for the pies, v. good 🙂

James Clover

IT Consultant

Staying in a different marina every night was the highlight for me. This is what cruising is about, I guess, so not coming back to Mercury was ideal, I got to know the Solent pretty well. Lee [instructor] was good at stepping back and letting us do it ourselves, which was very useful. Thanks again, and see you next year!

Dan Collier


Hi guys, just a quick note to say THANKS! I was really nervous, but it was all good in the end. We just practiced every day and little by little I figured it out, I can moor! Still a little nervous, but the basics are there now, I understand what needs to be done. I’ll come back for the mile building, I think. All in all, the course was well structured, very much hands on and I liked the boat, very plush :J Thanks for a great week!

Elena Godfrey

Projects director, WorldVision UK