It’s available in a class based format (40 hours in a classroom, followed by an exam) or by distance learning (Online, provided by "Skippers Online", a RYA recognized Training Centre, specializing in online distance learning).
On your first day you’ll get the learning package that includes the Yachtmaster Handbook and the “GPS Chartplotter" simulator, that will be used during the course.
The final exam of 5 hours is divided in 3 parts: IRPCS, Chart Work and Meteorology. Additionally, the course covers yet safety equipment, stability, skippers responsibilities, electronics and navigation.
The program consists, among others, on the following topics:
Heading, course over ground and course to steer;
Advanced tidal knowledge;
The use of the Almanac and Admiralty publications;
Electronics and navigation;
Taking and interpreting weather forecasts;
Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation;
Foreign navigation - Customs and regulations