RYA Coastal Skipper


The aim of the course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht (for the Sail course) or motor cruiser (for the Motor course), of seven metres LWL to 15 metres LOA, safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. Students will gain practice in planning and skippering longer passages with a significant number of night hours where watch-keeping rotas become relevant.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course completion certificate.

Put your theoretical knowledge from the Coastal/ Offshore Theory certification into practice as you take to the seas and improve your skippering and navigational skills. While living aboard the yacht for six days, you’ll get a chance to practice your seamanship, boat handling, heavy weather tactics, night sailing, coastal navigation, seamanship and leadership skills.

Pre-course requirements: 

  • Miles: 300
  • Days at sea: 15
  • Night Hours: 8
  • Days as skipper: 2

Duration: 6 days 

All prices include 15% VAT and are payable to Yachtmaster Sailing School. 

Course Content includes:

  • Giving safety briefing
  • Improved use of emergency equipment
  • Engine checks and advanced trouble shooting
  • Improved skippering ability
  • Maneuvering under power in confined spaces
  • Maneuvering under sail in confined spaces
  • Improved sailing and sail trim
  • Motoring and sailing up to mooring buoys
  • Various berthing situations
  • Man-over board recovery techniques
  • Distress, safety and seamanship
  • Night Sailing
  • GPS and other electronic aids
  • Advanced navigation and Piloting techniques
  • Advanced meteorology and weather forecasting
  • Greater emphasis on the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Planned victualling and feeding at sea
  • Passage Planning
  • Food Preparation
  • Improved efficiency in all practical exercises

Please note:

Throughout your course you will be continually assessed and should the Instructor feel that you are not of Coastal Standard, then your course completion certificate will not be awarded.

Completion of this week DOES NOT mean that you hold your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence.

To gain your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence, you need to continue after your Coastal Practical with an Examination Prep Week (6 days), followed by a 2 Day External Practical Exam

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