RYA Yachtmaster

Coastal Package

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Package is perfect for those looking for a course that will equip them with the skills and qualifications needed to safely and effectively skipper a sailing vessel on more than just day trips. Also suited to those seeking to follow a career in the Yachting or Super Yachting industry.

Upon successful completion of this package, you can receive a RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence which is valid for use on a yacht up to 24m in length, in Category 3 waters up to 20nm from a safe haven – day or night.

This Package includes the following modules:

  • RYA/MCA Competent Crew Practical
  • RYA/MCA VHF Radio Operation SRC (Short Range Certificate)
  • RYA/MCA Day Skipper Theory
  • RYA/MCA Day Skipper Practical
  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
  • RYA Coastal Skipper Practical – (Skippered Passages and Mile building)
  • 7 days Exam Preparation plus 2 days of RYA Practical examination
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • RYA Radar

Optional extras:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • YOA Super Yacht Deckhand

Pre-course requirements: None/ ENG 1 Medical Exam Recommended

Duration of package: Approximately 7-8 weeks

Included in the Course fees are:

  • Training material for the week, if applicable.

The use of books, tools and equipment necessary for training:

  • Calculator
  • Plotter
  • Divider
  • RYA Training Almanac (Southern Hemisphere)
  • South African List of Lights and Radio Signals
  • Symbols and Abbreviations used on South African Charts
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs)

We will also provide you with the following which you will be able to keep:

  • Personal Logbook
  • Yachtmaster Sailing School pen and pencil
  • 72-page blank quad exercise book
  • Blank almanac pages for theory.

You will have full use of RYA Reference Books and navigation equipment.

Venue: Meet at our classroom at Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town

During the practical live-aboard courses on the yachts, food and accommodation will be included.

Fees exclude:

  • RYA fees – payable directly to the RYA by you.
  • £60 – RYA Fees for SRC Radio Certificate – You would need to register for this course online and pay the RYA directly before joining the exam.
  • £193 – RYA Fees for RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Examination.
  • £35 – RYA Fees for Commercial Endorsement of Certificates of Competence.
  • ENG1 Medical Examination R2,800.00 (payable directly to the Doctor)
  • STCW – 11 days 
  • RYA PPR – online course required for commercial endorsement 
  • Accommodation and meals for shore-based courses, time off and any time in Cape Town apart from when on board for a practical course.


Students are required to bring the following on their first day with Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School:

  • R1,500.00 CASH deposit /security for any loss or damage to yachts, equipment etc. At the end of your training, if no loss or damage has been noted, the deposit will be returned to you in cash.
  • R100 CASH deposit for a temporary access card to Royal Cape Yacht Club. Students are requested to make their way directly to the reception on their first day and pay the deposit and receive the card. At the end of your training, please return the card to Reception where the deposit will be returned to you.
  • Colour passport photographs for the following certificates: SRC Radio, RYA Day Skipper Practical, RYA Coastal Skipper Practical, Prep & Exam (x2), Commercial Endorsement Application, RYA Powerboat level 2.
  • A sleeping bag for practical courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. Costs R500.
  • Foul weather clothing, for practical on-board courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. (10% discount offered only to our booked students).

On shore accommodation recommendations:

  • Sunflower Stop Backpackers
  • Never@Home Backpackers
  • Atlantic Point Backpackers


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