RYA Yachtmaster Offshore / IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited



The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore / IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited will ensure competence to skipper a cruising vessel on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from the harbour.

The programmes consist of both theory and liveaboard practical components. The theory is a comprehensive shore-based course with assessment papers and written examinations. It should be noted that a considerable amount of private study and varied cruising experience is required in addition to the formal instruction provided.

The liveaboard (power or sail) practical covers seamanship skills, including the ability to command and have situational awareness. The liveaboard aspect of the course is critical to ensuring candidates are indeed prepared to command. 

The courses cover the following topics, though further topics may be  covered:

A commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence will enable you to work as a Master of commercial vessels of <200GT in category 1 to 6 waters – that is up to 150 miles from a safe haven. This Certificate of Competence can be used commercially in its own right or as a prerequisite for the MCA’s Officer of the Watch qualification, enabling you to work worldwide on vessels of <3000GT.

If you hold the IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited certificate, you are qualified to work as:


For RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification, the following documented minimum sea time completed on a seagoing sailing or motor vessel (as appropriate) in the last 10 years is required:

For the IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited, the following requirements must be met:


This is normally a 12-day course, with 6 days theory, 5 days practical and 1 examination day.