Yachtmaster Ocean Online

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course is the first stage in obtaining the prestigious RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence.

The Yachtmaster Ocean course costs £285

This online course is equally suited to those that aspire to blue water cruising, or who just want to learn traditional navigation.

The Yachtmaster Ocean theory course will equip you with the necessary theoretical skills to carry out an ocean passage as mate or skipper. The course will cover all aspects of ocean navigation, with a particular emphasis on the use of astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology.

The sessions on astro-navigation will unlock the mysteries of the sextant and allow you to confidently take sights at sea to obtain your position and carry out compass checks.

Ocean sailing is, however, about more than just using a sextant. Another important aspect of ocean sailing is worldwide meteorology, passage planning and communications at sea.

Publications that assist the ocean navigator such as routeing charts and other pilot books will be covered.

What to expect from your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory course

Your RYA-approved Online Yachtmaster Ocean theory Course is provided by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training,and consists of detailed, animated lessons that are heavily image-based. The lessons are all online and can be accessed from your PC or Mac.

Each section is followed by a set of questions which, can be answered quickly and easily online. Once you submit your answer, you’ll be provided with instant feedback and will gain access to a detailed answer page. Some of your answers will then be forwarded on to your delegated instructor, who can provide you with help and support if necessary.

You will receive RYA Certification on satisfactory completion of the course.

Your Ocean Yachtmaster theory course costs £285 and includes the RYA pack consisting of an exercise pack, assessment papers and your certificate, so wherever you are in the world, you’ll receive material that’s completely tailored to your needs.

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Where ever you purchase your course, as with all courses, the quality of the course will be greatly influenced by the quality of the Instructor. By clicking the add to cart button below and only available from this web site, your course Instructor will be Peter. Peter is a very experienced RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor with over 25 years experience of providing RYA tuition to students of all abilities.

Peter has extensively sailed the Atlantic, Caribbean, Irish sea, English Channel, North Sea, Inland waterways of Holland, Aegean and the Mediterranean and whilst Peter will quite happily assist the highly experienced Seafarer in obtaining top end qualifications, Peter particularly enjoys helping beginners achieve their own personal goals.

The cost of the course is £285

There is an Six months initial access period. In the unlikely event that you will need an extension, there is an option to extend as many times as you like until you pass your assessment. The cost of administrating each 6 month extension, beyond the initial 6 months, is £30.

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Full Syllabus

This is a course in astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology which also reveals the mysteries of the sextant. It assumes a knowledge of all subjects covered in the other shorebased courses.

1. The earth and the celestial sphere

Definition of observer’s zenith and position of a heavenly body in terms of latitude, longitude, GHA and declination Right angle relationships, latitude and co-lat, declination and polar distance Relationship between GHA, longitude and LHA Tabulation of declination in nautical almanac Rate of increase of hour angle with time

2. The PZX triangle

The tabulated components of the triangle, LHA, co-lat and polar distance The calculable components, zenith distance and azimuth Relationship between zenith distance and altitude Introduction to the tabular method of solution in the Air Navigation Tables and the basic sight form The use of calculators for the solution of the PZX triangle

3. The sextant

Practical guide to the use and care of a sextant at sea Conversion of sextant altitude to true altitude Application of dip, index error and refraction Correction of side error, perpendicularity, index error and collimation error

4. Measurement of time

Definition of, and relationship between, UT, LMT, standard time and zone time Rating of chronometers and watches

5. Meridian altitudes

Forecasting time of meridian altitude Reduction of meridian altitude sights

6. Sun, star and other sights

Reduction and plotting of sun sights using Air Navigation Tables Awareness of use of calculator for sight reduction The plotting of sun-run-sun meridian altitude Awareness of the reduction and plotting of sights obtained from stars, moon and planets

7. Compass checking

Use of amplitude and azimuth tables systems and/or calculator

8. Satellite Navigation Systems

Principles and limitations of use of all systems

9. Great circle sailing

Comparison of rhumb lines and great circles Vertices and composite tracks The computation of a series of rhumb lines approximating to a great circle by use of gnomonic and Mercator projections

10. Meteorology

General pressure distribution and prevailing winds over the oceans of the world Tropical revolving storms, seasonal occurrence and forecasting by observation

11. Passage planning

Publications available to assist with planning of long passages (routeing charts, ocean passages of the world and other publications) Preparation for ocean passage including survival equipment, victualling, water and fuel management, chafe protection, spares and maintenance

12. Passage making

Navigational routine Watchkeeping Crew management

13. Communications

Satellite and terrestrial systems Weather information

Pack Shipping details

Packs will be delivered for free to UK and most of Europe. However, due to postage problems, Spain, Italy and Portugal now have to go by courier at an additional cost of £30. US and Canada £30 and the rest of the world £40

Packs to Russia must go to a Business address.

Unfortunately, Sailtrain will not accept responsibility for Packs sent to Marinas, or C/o addresses. If the pack goes missing after it has been signed for, the student will be liable for the cost of the replacement pack.

Details of any special delivery requirements should be provided in the notes section of your Booking form.