RYA Yachtmaster Theory

also sometimes knows as "Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory"

An advanced course for experienced skippers studying towards formal certification to command vessels up to 200GRT or to apply for a MCA Master 200 Oral Examination


  • Free Trial
  • 14-day unconditional money-back guarantee
  • 25% off for 2 or more bookings
  • 12 months access
  • 24*7 Instructor Support  (from UK and Thailand)
  • Student Pack (2 charts, training almanac & course handbook)
  • RYA chart-plotter software
  • 15 fully-narrated lessons (not just the animations) including including realistic 3D graphics and embedded quizzes with instant feedback
  • 15 self-assessment exercises with fully worked answers
  • Videos covering: updating paper charts, engine checks, dismasting, jury rig, flood control, firefighting, gas explosions, capsize, lifejacket checks, how to put on a lifejacket and what happens when it inflates, man-overboard recovery, launching and boarding a liferaft
  • Downloadable US Chart 1 (5011 equivalent) + 48 other downloadable or linked resources 
  • Radar & AIS Training
  • Mock Exams with automatic feedback
  • 4 Final Online Exams with detailed instructor feedback and unlimited attempts. You can arrange your own invigilator. See exam guidance for more information.
  • Unlimited free exam resits
  • RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course Completion Certificate to support your practical course, professional qualification or MCA Master 200 Oral Exam
  • Download lessons to run offline on iPads, iPhones and Android Devices
  • 2 Years further access to training materials once you’ve completed the course
  • UK Delivery by First Class Post. Worldwide delivery by DHL Express (+£20)


  • Top quality Portland Plotter and brass chart dividers, £28
  • Additional 6 months, £50 or 12 months, £80

RYA Yachtmaster Theory Syllabus

  • Charts & Other Publications
  • Definition of Position, Time, Speed & Distance
  • The Compass (including allowance for deviation and swinging the compass)
  • Tidal Theory
  • Tidal Heights (including secondary ports)
  • Tidal Streams (including interpolation of drift)
  • Estimated Position
  • Course to Steer
  • Visual Aids to Navigation
  • Electronic Aids to Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning
  • Meteorology (including interpreting surface pressure charts)
  • The Collision Regulations
  • Safety & Protection of The Environment

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