The Yacht Master Offshore is a (10-14day) practical and theoretical course, in yacht seamanship, management and navigation.

The YMO course follows exactly the same 'ground' as the ISSA Inshore Skipper Course but prospective YMO's certificate holders, of course, have to be of a higher standard and have knowledge to a greater depth. (The practical and managerial skills taught and examined are of a higher standard). A student successfully completing this course will qualify as a Yacht Master Offshore and receive the corresponding certification.

The YMO  training is designed to provide the highest standards of maritime education for recreational Yacht Masters. This is is an intensive course designed for experienced skippers with sufficient entry qualifications and experience. We strongly advise you to have participated in an ISSA Offshore Skipper course at least one but preferably two years before taking this course. The course is not a teaching course but is a finishing / examination course.

  • A VHF radio certificate is required
  • The STCW2010 Basic Safety Training Certification is advised
  • A medical certificate including colour blindness test is required
  • Students wishing to attend these courses must have the requisite mileage logged and signed by their previous sailing skippers and owners.

*Sail in Asia offers STCW2010 Basic Safety Training Courses thru Gallileo, as well as VHF Courses.

Yacht Master Offshore Preparation and Exam

Anyone applying for this course should hold the ISSA Offshore Skipper certificate or equivalent. This is an examination preparation course, not a training course.

The ISSA  Offshore Skipper (Recreational Course) is the ideal course to become educated for the Yacht Masters Offshore Course.  This recreational courses has the same curriculum almost as the YMO.  The knowledge and skills required to pass this course / examination are significant so the recreational courses mentioned are ideal as pre-course preparation.


Yacht Master Offshore and Offshore Skippers training

The ISSA Yacht Master Offshore Certificate is a recreational Yacht Masters Certificate of competency for operating yachts up to 150 Nautical miles offshore. Anyone applying for this course should hold the ISSA Offshore Skippers certificate or equivalent. This is an examination preparation course, not a training course.
Additional Details:
  • Chartwork instruments
  • Charts, latitude and longitude
  • Distance, speed, time & direction
  • The magnetic compass, variation& deviation
  • Position lines and position fixes
  • Dead reckoning and estimated positions
  • Tides
  • Currents
  • Course to steer to counteract a current
  • Meteorology
  • Pilotage
  • Passage planning
  • Electronic navigation aids
  • International regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)
  • Ships construction
  • Ship stability & drydocking
  • Ropework
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Emergency procedures
  • Ships power plant
  • Electronic Navigation competency

Previous experience:

  • 50 days on board a yacht at sea as an active crew member
  • Logged 2,800 nautical miles in a yacht while cruising at sea
  • 2,000 of this must be on coastal voyages
  • 1,500 miles must be on a vessel under 24m
  • 6 passages over 60 miles as master
  • within the last 5 years.
  • 30 hours on watch at night / 6 hours as master
  • A VHF Radio Operators Certificate.
  • STCW'95 Basic Safety Training Certificates (Strongly Advised)
  • A current medical fitness examination and a colour blindness eyesight
We can help you with the following on request:
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Motor Bike or Car Rental
  • What to do and where to go in Phuket
Course Dates:
March 2021

September 2021

*. Students wishing to participate in this course must have the necessary pre course certification for entry.

  • Yachtmaster Offshore
  • MOY Coastal
  • STCW 2010
  • VHF Radio
  • Medical