RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Online Theory Course

Delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training

Pre-Course Requirements & Suitability

Knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory level.

The Ocean Yachtmaster is an advanced theory course for those who wish to progress to the highest level in their navigation. This fascinating course will help you to understand the mysteries of navigation that occupied the minds of generations of mariners.

The course will cover all aspects of ocean navigation with particular emphasis on the use of astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology. The sessions on astro-navigation will unlock the mysteries of the sextant and allow you to confidently take sights at sea to obtain your position and carry out compass checks.

You will learn how to find your position by the moon, stars and planets although the course covers weather, passage planning, watch keeping and much more. The course is fully animated and when you answer a question you will get immediate feedback.


Your access lasts 6 months after which there is a £30 option to renew as many times as you like until you pass.

Free Trial

The online format means you can learn anytime, anywhere – so long as you have access to the internet. If you like the idea of taking the course in this way, please take a look at the Free Trial and then go to our booking page to sign up and pay online. We will then email your login details and link for you to get started.


Online RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Theory Course cost £275 

RYA online assessment and certificate are all included in the price.

Complimentary delivery to UK  via DHL Express. Additional charges for rest of the world, please contact us for current cost.

Fully inclusive (no hidden extras!) Easy secure payment book online with PayPal.
We also accept payment by credit or debit card, cheque, bank transfer, etc.


Remember, if you are interested in multiple courses, please contact us for guidance & details of special discounts available.

Topics Covered

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

If you are working towards your Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, completion of this shorebased course exempts you from the written exam.

You will need to set aside around 40hrs of study time for this course.

Our RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Online Theory Course includes


Course Literature

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Student Pack
Online assessment in your own home. Must be invigilated if the certificate is to be used commercially.
Animated lessons and answers that take you step by step through every stage.


Ocean Yachtmaster is compatible with PC and Mac and Android devices.
Flexibility to access your course anywhere at any time on any computer.

Email & phone assistance

Personal tuition during your course from a fully qualified RYA Ocean Yachtmaster instructor.
Instant feedback on your submitted answers followed by personal feedback from your RYA instructor.

Thanks for the quick feedback Michelle. I really enjoyed the course which was very well laid out. I look forward to getting my certificate, thanks.

Gareth, Malaysia

Congratulations on your very didactic online course. Would it be possible to continue with another six months for the Coastal Theory?


The contract is between Navathome.com and the student. Under Navathome.com and consumer protection (Distance Selling) regulations you have a statuary cooling off period of 14 business days from the day you receive your course. During this period you can cancel your purchase up to 14 days from the day of purchase.

At any time during this period you can notify the training centre that you wish to cancel your contract with us and we will give a full refund including any delivery charges.

The course materials must be returned in an ‘as new’ condition and the postage paid.

If the course materials are being returned because they are faulty then the training centre will refund any postage costs.

Access to the online course material is terminated immediately. You will not be able to claim a full refund if the course material has been damaged or if you have no proof of purchase.

The training centre reserves the right to deduct for the net cost of any missing or damaged course materials and postage.

Payments for course fees are due, in full, at the time of enrolment. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cheque in GBP, drawn on a UK bank, or by Debit/Credit card or Paypal.

In the case of payment by cheque we reserve the right to allow the cheque to clear before dispatching your student pack.

Once payment has been made and confirmed students will be sent the student pack and be supplied with the log in information to access the online course.

The student pack will be sent on the next working day and delivery to Europe is included in the course price.

Additional fees may be applied to addresses outside of these areas. Navathome will not be held responsible for any duty or expenses incurred in the country of delivery.

Course expiry
There is an extendable access period of 6 months set for the course. An admin fee of £30 is charged for each time the course is extended.

If the access lapses it can still be extended anytime within a period of 3 years from the date the access period lapsed.

If a course remains dormant for more than 3 years, (has lapsed and not been extended within a period of three years) it will be terminated and the log in removed.

Once a student has passed the assessment their course is complete and their access terminated.

Internet access
Students must have access to the internet and email to complete the course.

The course is not transferable and access is for the applicant only.

Please check that the free trial runs on your device before booking. The courses do not use a platform so work on most devices including Ipad, Iphone, PC, Mac, Android etc.

There some issues with the free chart plotter simulator provided by the RYA. It works on PC and Mac but not on mobile devices. It is not essential to the courses so can be worked around if a student does not have access the PC based units.

Pre course knowledge
Students should be at the correct level for the course being taken. Coastal/Yachtmaster theory is required before taking the RYA Ocean theory.

What we provide
We will provide online back up and land line telephone backup as required by each student and every endeavour will be made to help students achieve their aims.

We will not disclose information about students unless we are legally obliged to do so or a student has agreed in writing in advance.

By enrolling you confirm that we may hold necessary business information about you including your name, address, course booking, payment and course record. No credit card information is held by Navathome.

Any contract between you and us shall be governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.

All dealings, correspondence and contact between us and you shall be made or conducted in the English language.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of course information. However, we cannot accept any liability for errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the course content.

We continuously improve the course content and we do welcome any feedback from students which improve the quality of the course.

All online material has been written and is under copyright to Navathome.com Ltd/ No part of the online documents can be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) or for any purpose, without the express written permission of Vic and Lyn Punch. Course material should be treated as for any copyrighted material.

Recommended Reading for the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Online Theory Course

RYA Astro Navigation Handbook (G78)

Something different to expand the RYA navigation series, Tim Bartlett’s RYA Astro Navigation Handbook delves into the ancient art of navigating by the moon and stars.

Within the book, the reader will find a range of information from the basics of Astro navigation, right up to how to use the more complex formulas involved in the art.

This book is an ideal progression from any basic navigation books.
£13.49 + £1.50 p&p (UK).

Ready to get going?

Take the FREE TRIAL then contact us or book online and we will then email your login details & link for you to get started straight away