Upgrade to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

Are you up to Day Skipper level of Competence and have all the required mileage under sail and in tidal waters?

If so, then you can join our Upgrade to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Course which includes:

  • 7 days RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory
  • 6 days RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Practical
  • 1 day RYA Radar
  • 7 days Practical Exam Preparation and 2 days RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam.

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam thoroughly tests the Skipper’s ability and can therefore appear daunting to potential candidates, but well-prepared Skippers with the Proper Experience and Training need not worry. With practice and preparation, you should be able to relax sufficiently to let your skills shine through any Exam nerves.

The content of the RYA Day Skipper Theory & Practical Weeks are Vital as these are the foundation of your training and are needed to ensure that your Boat handling (including picking up a mooring and man over board) and Theoretical knowledge (including Chartwork, COLREGS and Meteorology) are up to standard in order to continue to an RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Standard.

We need to be sure that you are ready to start at RYA Coastal/Offshore Theory and that you know how to work out CTS and Depth and Dr/EP. If you feel you’re not ready to start at RYA Coastal Level, we recommend that you start with RYA Day Skipper Theory.

For your mileage to be accepted by the RYA:

  • Your mileage needs to be from within the last 10 years which must be logged and signed off by the Skipper.
  • Your mileage needs to be gained under sail with at least half in tidal waters (ie not all gained in the Med).
  • The Sailing yacht needs to be less than 24m / 79ft or 200gt.

Pre-Exam Requirements for RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail Exam:

  • 20 Days Sea Time
  • 2 Days as Skipper
  • 800 Nautical Miles – Half of which must be in Tidal Waters – see Note *
  • 12 Night Hours

* NOTE! If you have an RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion Certificate (which is part of the Upgrade) then your requirements are reduced to 20 Day Sea Time, 2 Days as Skipper, 400 Miles and 12 Night Hours.

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

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.

Fees exclude:

  • RYA fees – payable directly to them
    • £60 – RYA Fees for SRC Radio Certificate – You would need to register for this course online and pay the RYA directly.
    • £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).

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