Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Course

Unravel the mysteries of astro navigation, using a sextant, ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and electronic navigation aids.

This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage. If you are working towards your Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, completion of this shorebased course exempts you from the written exam.

Prior to the course your navigation skills should be at the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course.

Topics covered include:

  • The earth and the celestial sphere
  • Practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea
  • Meridian altitudes
  • Sun, star and other sights
  • Ocean passage planning


Classes are held at West Mersea Yacht Club in convivial surroundings and in a relaxed manner, we believe our students benefit from the opportunity to discuss and learn in this environment.

Next Dates

The course starts in October 2018 with enrolment taking place on the first Monday of that month. Including breaks for Bank Holidays, we aim to complete the 20 x 2 hour sessions necessary by Easter.


The course cost will be advised during the enrolment process


Please book through the office by telephoning 01206 382 947 or by email to info@wmyc.org.uk