Originally Posted by monte
ok nice. So is it feasible to complete the YM course on board? Are you up for a couple of weeks in the Med?
No as I said I dont get involved in teaching anymore.
Yes it is possible to complete a YM on Board, see below
Just a few things for you to consider
There is no YM Offshore
"course". There is the YM Offshore Exam. which is carried out on board by a certified YM examiner ( who cannot be the instructor), this is a one day + some night hours on a boat, where you undertake a series of tasks, and skipper
the vessel. This is typically done in tidal waters , otherwise you will get a non-tideal endorsement. Hence Gibraltar
is about as far east in the Med as you'll get.
Examiners generally can only be requested via an authorised RYA school
, whose principal is a RYA YM Instructor. see the RYA website for schools. You also can request a Examiner independently if you have your own boat
Some schools/YM instructors will offer a training week, or prep course, where they will go through the typical scenarios that an Examiner puts you through, sometime these courses are combined with a nice week sailing somewhere interesting. Furthermore some will then organise at the end of that week to arrange the YM exam and let you use the boat etc.
The only proviso for a YM offshore is 3500 nautical miles experience, most of which must be as skipper
and must now be a series of voyages not just one big long one. ( addendum, I forgot that you also need a sea survival course, first aid cert and VHF
, has also teamed up with the RYA to offer their courses in Australia
NOte there is a YM shorebased navigation
course, that covers the theory side, ( charts weather
etc) it isnt required for the YM, but can be useful, it doesnt specifically cover everything that is required for the YM exam either.