Search the site

Master (Yachts) - Seamanship and Meteorology

About this course

Our yacht deck courses have achieved the highest pass rates in the industry for the last six years - 85% overall and 94% for Master (Yachts) modules.

This course builds on the knowledge gained in the OOW (Yachts) training modules and gives a greater insight into the wide range of safety and seamanship issues required of the Master of a large yacht.

Course content

The course is made up five sections:


  • Dangers and precautions during heavy weather
  • Precautionary measures for maintaining buoyancy
  • Procedures when towing or being towed
  • Ship handling
  • Procedures for bringing a vessel to anchor
  • Navigational dangers

Navigation and passage planning

  • Watchkeeping 
  • Navigation in ice


  • General meteorology
  • Tropical revolving storms
  • Weather forecasting


  • International requirements for the safety of life at sea
  • International requirement for the prevention of pollution at sea

Safety management and the code of safe working practices for merchant seamen

  • Personal hygiene and safety
  • Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen
  • Safety organisation and role and responsibility of the safety officer
  • Reporting of unsafe practices and incidents
  • Principles of planning work activities, setting objectives and priorities to ensure requirements are met

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information of where to report to when you arrive. 

Southampton city centre map

Getting to Solent University

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 2 December 2019 Yes £1095 Book
Monday 3 February 2020 Yes £1095 Book
Monday 16 March 2020 Yes £1095 Book
Monday 8 June 2020 Yes £1095 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 2 December 2019


5 days






Written 2.5 hour exam with a pass mark of 60%.

Teaching methods

Classroom theory.



Accessibility tools

Change font size

Change colours