Atlantic Islands Sail Training Centre (AISTraC) Gran Canaria Canary Islands
Atlantic Islands Sail Training Centre (AISTraC) Gran Canaria Canary Islands Yacht charter Gran Canaria Canary Islands
Certified RYA Course

Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

This is a classroom based course and is suitable for both power and sail skippers.

This is an intensive course to give you the confidence to cross an ocean and arrive at your intended destination without relying on sophisticated electronic equipment. You can do it despite loss of electrical power aboard (e.g. through lightning strike or loss of charging capability), damaged electrical equipment, or even if some idiot switched off the satellite system!

  1. Learn all the theory of astro-navigation including how to do the necessary calculations (from the position of the sun, moon, stars and planets and only 11 simple sums!) to plot your position on the chart based on the positions of the moon, stars and planets. By the end of the course you will be able to:
  2. - calculate your E.P.
    - use a sextant
    - pre-plan your sights
    - carry out the necessary calculations
    - make plots and fixes
  3. Learn about the differences between Ocean, World-wide and Coastal meteorology and the better tactics to adopt in planning an ocean passage.

The course ends with a formal assessment paper. On successful completion, a certificate will be awarded.

In total there are 40 hours of instruction which may be taken in three different ways:

  1. Five day course
  2. Over 3 weekends
  3. 2 nights per week over 10 weeks

Cost: € 500 per person (£ 400)

The cost includes an RYA Resource pack.

We run these courses on a supply and demand basis so please telephone or email the office for details of available dates - we try to be as flexible as possible in order to accommodate your needs.

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