RYA Ocean Shorebased

£545 Book

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To learn the the art of “Astro Navigation” and the key concepts of planning Ocean Passages. This is an advanced navigation course aimed at Blue Water sailors, anyone crossing the Atlantic (or other Oceans), Super Yacht Deck Officers and Commercial Yacht Skippers planning on operating more than 150NM from a safe haven.

Course Duration:

  • Five days in the classroom. Available dates can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • Night school - one evening a week for thirteen weeks from November to February. Dates and online booking are also at the bottom of the page
  • We also offer this course online. Allow 40-50 hours of study time.


Pre Requisites:

Candidates should have navigation, passage planning and meteorology knowledge up to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore level and have some practical experience of putting this knowledge into practice.

Course Conditions:

Course materials are provided and posted by Stormforce Coaching. Online content and hosting for any relevant sections of this course is by Navathome and most importantly ongoing support is provided by Stormforce Coaching Instructors. Stormforce Coaching’s standard terms and conditions apply

Course Content:

The course covers celestial navigation, worldwide meteorology and passage planning. The majority of the course is spent developing understanding of how to use the sextant, how to apply corrections and how to then calculate your position using the sun, moon, stars and planets.

For the classroom course, we provide all the tables, sextants and other tools for this course. During the week we will also cover the written exam required for completing the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster oral exam.

What's Included:

  • Use of sextant, charts and publications
  • Ocean shorebased exercise pack
  • Plotting Sheets
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased written exam (classroom course)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased certificate
  • Free parking ( Subject to terms & conditions )
  • Email and telephone support for the online course

What's Not Included:

  • Lunch

Recommended Pre-Course Reading and Useful Books:

Buy RYA Astro Navigation Handbook at the RYA Shop


If the dates below do not suit you please let us know. We may be able to offer something else, particularly if you are booking several months in advance. 

Why choose Stormforce Coaching for this course?:

We have two Ocean Yachtmaster Instructors on our full time permanent staff and one Ocean Examiner. While he does not examine our own students he helps us ensure we are pitching the course at the right level for candidates going on to take the MCA Yachtmaster Ocean exam.

Our classroom is equipped with two sextants and all of the ocean charts and publications that will be discussed on your course. As with all of our training, we ensure you learn using the real thing rather than pictures on a screen.

We ran our first Ocean course in 2002. Our first time pass rate for our Yachtmaster Ocean candidates who have gone on to take the MCA/RYA Ocean exam is 100%.

Dates & Booking

Dates & Prices will load below shortly, and you can book online, call the team in the office on +442380 231122, or e-mail coaching@stormforce.biz. If you cannot see dates you require, please do get in touch as we may still be able to assist. VAT is included in all our course/charter/race fees where it is applicable, most products are charged at the standard rate, however some are at the reduced rate, zero rate or not eligible for VAT at all. Any way the price below is the price you pay.


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