Originally Posted by youngavidsailor
Im 16 years old and enjoy sailing dinghys and hope to be able to buy my own boat and cruise
the world in about 10 years. I would ideally like to have gained my RYA yachtmaster offshore
so i was just wondering if you guys could give any indication of how long it will take. Also will i be able to gain it by just working through RYA courses or will i need to go out and sail on my own to gain hours? If i need to go out and gain sea hours,how many will i need to gain and where can i do this? will i need to charter
thanks for any advice in advance
you can work up through the various RYA courses, starting at competent crew, in
your case start with RYA Day Skipper
this requires 5 days pre experience, but is usually done at a school
where you sail and learn for 5 days and take the exam
This requires access to a yacht, but the schools will have one for you to do the exam on. there is no ticket prerequisites for this course, but a night class in nav is useful
The next up is RYA Coastal Skipper
15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
can be done in one go , but usually you build to it
Then RYA YM Coastal
30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (if you hold th
this requires Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours). Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters.
And the RYA YM Offshore
50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination
, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
Most of these exams , with the exception of the Day Skipper are not taught as a predefined course, they are merely exams. You can jump to the exam once you have the seas miles. but Id suggest a graduated approach
There are also a zero to hero course, expensive , lots of time ( many months) but you get the YM offshore at the end.
Again, in your case Id try for the RYA day skipper first , The RYA web site will give you a list of schools to choose from.
The Day skipper will also let you charter boats and you can automatically be issued with an ICC