Students wishing to achieve the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory certificate should be at Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory level with their existing theory. Apart from a thorough knowledge of position fixing and plotting the course requires a good understanding of latitude and longitude.

The Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course is for those who have a passion for sailing and navigation. It is a wonderful course that will keep you occupied for hours on end.

It is not just about finding position from the starts and planets, it covers weather, passage planning, watch keeping and much more.

The course takes approximately 40 hours to complete with an assessment of 2 parts taken in one sitting of 2 hours.

Invigilated Assessments

These can be offered for free to anyone who books an online course with us and who requires an invigilated assessment for a commercial endorsement or as a Master 200 prerequisite. We can also arrange invigilated assessments at our sites around the country, or elsewhere in the world, at a cost.

Price: £310
Previous Experience: 
Assumed Knowledge: Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory or equivalent
Duration: At your own pace

Course Content:

  • The Earth & the Celestial Sphere
  • Practical Guide to Use and Care of a Sextant at Sea
  • Meridian Altitudes
  • Sun, Stars and other Signals
  • Ocean Passage Planning

Blended Learning: 

  1. Online course with 1 day in the classroom – £560
  2. Online course with 4x 45 minute sessions via Skype or Zoom – £430

What’s Included:

  • RYA Pack (exercises in astro-navigation, incorporating extracts from tables and assessment papers)
  • Access to Online Course (valid for 6 months from time of booking)
  • Email & Phone Support from our Instructors
  • Postage of Pack (UK only, outside the UK can be arranged for an additional fee)

Why Choose an Interactive Course?

The course is made up of detailed lessons, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lesson is followed by a set of questions which can be answered online. Once an answer is submitted, the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback and help where required.

You can book your course online and be working straight away on the sections where the RYA pack is not needed. Your RYA pack, containing your charts, RYA almanac, RYA course notes and course plotter, will be posted the same day. The course is professionally written in association with Navathome by fully qualified instructor with a background in e-learning.